Latest Oklahoma state government News

Oklahoma sets 7 executions in 6 months; 1st since 2015

Sep. 20, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

Oklahoma scheduled seven executions Monday in what would be the first lethal injections for the state since putting them on hold six years ago following a series of mishaps. Among the men scheduled to die is Julius Darius Jones, even though the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole...

Oklahoma Supreme Court agrees to expedite mask appeal

Sep. 17, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court will expedite an appeal of an injunction limiting a ban on mask mandates in public schools. The court, in an order dated Wednesday, placed the appeal on its fast-track docket, giving Attorney General John O’Connor 20...

Oklahoma governor seeks audit of state education department

Sep. 16, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday that he has requested an audit of the state Department of Education. The request came after an audit last year of Epic Charter Schools revealed that tens of millions of dollars were diverted into a for-profit...

Suit to remove Oklahoma corporation commissioner rejected

Sep. 14, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit Tuesday that sought the removal of a commissioner from a state board that regulates a range of industries, including oil and gas production. The court ruled that Republican former state Rep. Mike...

Oklahoma board urges governor to commute death sentence

Sep. 13, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board on Monday recommended the governor commute the death sentence of Julius Jones, who has maintained his innocence in a 1999 killing that has garnered national attention. The five-member board...

Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends governor commute sentence of death row inmate Julius Jones

Sep. 13, 2021 13:50 PM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board recommends governor commute sentence of death row inmate Julius Jones.

Oklahoma court declines to bar duo from death penalty case

Sep. 11, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request to remove two members of the state's Pardon and Parole Board from a high-profile death penalty case. The court's brief ruling on Friday denied a prosecutor’s request to remove Adam Luck and Kelly...

Lawyer: Court must bar duo from deciding on death row case

Sep. 10, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board will likely recommend that a high-profile inmate's death sentence be commuted unless two board members are barred from taking part in the decision, a lawyer for a county district attorney argued before a state Supreme Court referee...

Oklahoma attorney general appeals ruling tossing mask ban

Sep. 10, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has appealed a state judge’s temporary injunction that prohibits the state from banning mask mandates in public schools. The appeal, filed Thursday, cited the state's sovereign immunity and argued that...

Oklahoma high court to hear prosecutor's death row request

Sep. 09, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a prosecutor’s request that two members of the state’s Pardon and Parole Board be prevented from voting on a high-profile death row inmate’s commutation hearing. Oklahoma County District...