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Oklahoma prosecutors resist push for prison alternatives

Since the days of frontier justice, lawmakers in conservative Oklahoma have viewed harsh prison sentences as the politically expedient solution to crime. Now, after years of steady debate, there’s growing …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Oklahoma man seeks new trial in white supremacist plot

An Oklahoma man says new evidence of prosecutors withholding information should result in a new trial on his 1999 murder conviction and death penalty for killing an Arkansas family as …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Fans injured in storm at Backstreet Boys Oklahoma concert

At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert …


11-year-old girl catches piranha relative in Oklahoma lake

An 11-year-old girl has quite the fish tale: A rare pacu with human-like teeth chomped down on the worm at the end of her line while she was fishing with …


Wheatland Theatre Co., guest director put story of ‘Oklahoma!’ first

“Oklahoma!” opens at Davenport High School on Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana

Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana despite opposition

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday backed the medicinal use of marijuana, overcoming a late opposition campaign from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders.


Oklahoma voters weigh 1st marijuana ballot question of 2018

Oklahoma primary voters were weighing Tuesday whether to approve one of the least-restrictive state laws allowing medical marijuana, the nation’s first cannabis ballot question of the year.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Oklahoma authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

The man suspected of shooting three people inside an Oklahoma City restaurant before being fatally shot by bystanders had no obvious connection to the victims or the restaurant, and was …


Oklahoma governor vetoes gun carry bill in defeat for NRA

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill late Friday that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, dealing a rare defeat to the National …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

4 troopers hurt, suspect dead in Oklahoma shootout

Four Oklahoma troopers were struck by gunfire or shrapnel while serving a warrant early Friday at a man’s home that may have been booby-trapped to spark a large fire, authorities …


Oklahoma passes faith veto on LGBT adoptions; Kansas close

Oklahoma legislators approved a measure Thursday to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes and lawmakers in Kansas …


Oklahoma hasn’t recorded a tornado this year but may soon

This year’s weather on the Southern Plains has an odd twist: Oklahoma has yet to record its first tornado, the deepest into the year it’s gone without one since 1962.


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy …


More than 2 dozen wildfires burning in Oklahoma, Texas

Strong winds are fueling more than two dozen wildfires burning across Oklahoma and Texas.


Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas facing tornado and wildfire threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of …


Some say teachers risk losing support as walkout continues

When Oklahoma Republicans finally passed a massive tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and teacher pay raises, they thought they would get a thank …


Teacher rebellion puts red-state Republicans on defensive

A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Kentucky, Oklahoma teachers rally as rebellion grows

Thousands of Kentucky teachers filled the streets near the state Capitol in Frankfort on a cold, overcast Monday to rally for education funding.


Oklahoma teachers who just got raises rally for more funding

Thousands of Oklahoma teachers are expected to descend on the state Capitol Monday to demand lawmakers approve more education funding just days after the Legislature did just that.


Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions

Oklahoma officials say they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, marking the first time a U.S. state would use the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 5:09 p.m.

Oklahoma considers chemical castration for sex offenders

A Republican lawmaker is pushing to add Oklahoma to the list of states in which so-called chemical castration is an option for certain sex offenders, albeit an option that rarely …


Crime victims’ rights campaign faces fresh local backlash

After his sister was slain and his mother ran into the accused killer, out on bail, in a grocery store a week later, California billionaire Henry Nicholas became a fierce …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government’s plan, saying the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents was rebuked Monday for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who’ve recently resigned amid …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 8:09 p.m.

Magnitude 3.7, 2.9 quakes rattle Oklahoma town early Sunday

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes that struck near a central Oklahoma town.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Officials: EF1 tornado tore part of Oklahoma casino roof off

State emergency managers and the National Weather Service were surveying damage Sunday from severe storms that spawned as many as four tornadoes in southwestern and central Oklahoma.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Likely tornado hits casino where Beach Boys playing

High winds and torrential rains accompanying a likely tornado tore part of the roof off of an Oklahoma casino on Saturday where the Beach Boys were playing a concert attended …


Arkansas church named for martyred Oklahoma priest

A small Arkansas church has been named in honor of a martyred priest from Oklahoma.


Issue of race is again a focus in ex-cop’s 4th murder trial

Three hung juries in the case of a white former Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting his daughter’s black boyfriend had one thing in common besides unwillingness to convict: …