Latest Oklahoma state government News

Judge blocks implementation of new liquor law

Aug. 12, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state district judge has blocked implementation of a new law that requires top brands of wine and spirits to be sold to all Oklahoma alcohol wholesalers. The Oklahoman reports Judge Thomas Prince in Oklahoma City ruled the new law violates the state constitution. The Oklahoma Supreme...

Oklahoma group seeks vote to reject 'permitless carry' law

Aug. 12, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from Oklahoma City filed paperwork Monday seeking a public vote on whether to reject a bill that would allow people in the state to openly carry firearms without a background check or training. Rep. Jason Lowe's referendum petition targets a bill passed...

Oklahoma latest to grapple with online school problems

Aug. 12, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When two tech-savvy Oklahoma men launched their vision for an innovative charter school in 2011 that students could attend from home, the timing was perfect. Republicans had just extended their majorities in the Legislature, taken control of every elected statewide office and installed...

Oklahoma governor names Corbett director of Medicaid agency

Aug. 5, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed businessman Kevin Corbett to be director of the state's Medicaid agency. Stitt announced Monday that Corbett will take over as director of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Aug. 15. His appointment will require Senate confirmation after the...

Oklahoma lawmaker arrested on DUI, obstruction complaints

Aug. 4, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A northeastern Oklahoma state lawmaker has been arrested on complaints of DUI, speeding and obstructing or interfering with a police officer. Tulsa County Jail records indicate Rep. Dean Davis, who represents parts of Tulsa and Wagoner counties, was arrested Friday night. He was booked...

Plan halted to house migrant kids at Oklahoma Army base

Jul. 27, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Trump administration no longer needs to detain migrant children at an Oklahoma Army base and preparations to house them there have stopped, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. "Over the last several weeks HHS has experienced a decrease in...

Oklahoma tribal leaders unite in gaming compacts stance

Jul. 27, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders of 29 Oklahoma tribal nations have sent a letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt saying they believe the current compacts governing tribal casinos in the state will automatically renew. The letter dated Tuesday and signed by 30 officials representing the 29 tribes was released Friday by...

One-time GOP candidate for Oklahoma governor arrested twice

Jul. 26, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Oklahoma is jailed after being arrested twice in a 24-hour period. Tulsa County jail records show 36-year-old Christopher Barnett is being held without bond on complaints of shooting with intent to kill...

Rural Oklahoma Democrat won't seek re-election to House

Jul. 22, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of the last remaining Democrats from a rural district in the Oklahoma Legislature says he won't seek re-election in 2020. Chickasha Democrat Rep. David Perryman announced Monday that he won't seek a fifth-consecutive term for House District 56. The southwest Oklahoma district...

Inmate escapes Oklahoma prison, may have left in vehicle

Jul. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate at the minimum-security Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester has escaped. A DOC news release says 39-year-old Christopher Jacobs was discovered missing around 10 a.m. Saturday. The department says other inmates told...