Latest Oklahoma state government News

Oklahoma governor digs in on gambling showdown with tribes

Nov. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s new Republican governor doubled down Thursday on his position that the state’s gambling compacts with Indian tribes expire at the end of the year, setting up a potential legal showdown with some of the state’s most powerful entities. Gov. Kevin Stitt...

Defendants in opioid case say politico's input not needed

Nov. 12, 2019 6:45 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson says there's no need for a judge who ordered the drugmaker to pay $572 million to help clean up Oklahoma's opioid crisis to let several of the state's Republican leaders intervene in the case. In a brief filed Tuesday, attorneys said the attempt by...

Oklahoma abortion clinic takes on 'physicians only' laws

Nov. 8, 2019 3:32 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City abortion clinic filed a lawsuit Friday challenging longstanding state laws that allow only physicians to perform abortions in Oklahoma, marking the sixth time in five years that the state's abortion restrictions have ended up in court. The lawsuit, which was filed on...

Oklahoma woman imprisoned in failure-to-protect case is free

Nov. 8, 2019 1:37 PM EST

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman whose sentence for failing to report her boyfriend's abuse of her children was far harsher than his for the abuse itself wiped away tears and hugged family and friends Friday as she was released after 15 years. Tondalao Hall, 35, left a women's prison in McLoud,...

Oklahoma woman in failure-to-protect case to be released

Nov. 7, 2019 5:54 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman who has served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, is scheduled to be released from custody. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the commutation...

Oklahoma governor pardons woman on his justice task force

Nov. 7, 2019 5:37 PM EST

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has pardoned a member of a task force that is advising him on criminal justice reform. Stitt on Thursday signed a pardon for Rhonda Bear, who served 19 months for drug possession before being released in 2002. Stitt signed the document at a Claremore coffee...

More than 450 Oklahoma inmates walking out of prison doors

Nov. 5, 2019 2:21 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 450 inmates walked out the doors of prisons across Oklahoma on Monday as part of what state officials say is the largest single-day mass commutation in U.S. history. The release of inmates, all with convictions for low-level drug and property crimes, resulted from a bill...

Oklahoma Supreme Court blocks abortion law

Nov. 4, 2019 6:00 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure. The high court acted Monday after an Oklahoma abortion clinic appealed a lower court judge's decision to uphold a ban on a second-trimester abortion procedure. The Tulsa Women's...

Advocates rally for the start of Oklahoma permitless gun law

Nov. 1, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gun rights advocates are celebrating the start of a new law that allows most adults in Oklahoma to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training. More than 100 people rallied outside the state Capitol on Friday, the first day the law took effect. An Oklahoma County...

Oklahoma parole board OKs largest-ever US mass commutation

Nov. 1, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma will release more than 400 inmates after a state panel on Friday approved what officials say is the largest single-day mass commutation in U.S. history. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board unanimously approved the commutations, and Gov. Kevin Stitt said his office would...