Latest Oklahoma state government News

Oklahoma governor taps longtime foundation head as OU regent

Dec. 9, 2019 5:54 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed the longtime head of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as the newest member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Stitt announced Monday that he has chosen Michael A. Cawley for the seven-member board. He replaces former OU Regent Renzi Stone,...

Investigator say settlement reached in county overpayments

Dec. 8, 2019 2:51 PM EST

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — An investigator for the Oklahoma attorney general says more than half the overpayments to Grady County elected officials has been repaid and an undisclosed agreement was reached for repayment of the remaining funds. Angela Marsee told The Oklahoman that $401,765 has been has been...

Stitt: Tribes would 'illegally' run games without new deal

Dec. 6, 2019 4:39 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don't resolve a dispute over the tribes' compacts with the state, Gov. Kevin Stitt said. In the latest salvo in the state government's dispute with the tribes over whether the...

Oklahoma governor picks agency veteran as new prisons boss

Dec. 6, 2019 4:36 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed on Friday a longtime Department of Corrections veteran to lead the agency. Stitt announced Scott Crow, a 23-year employee of the agency, would serve as the new executive director. Crow has been the agency's interim director since June, when his...

Oklahoma tribe warns 'intolerable risk' over gaming dispute

Dec. 5, 2019 5:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid disruption to tribal casino operations in the state. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S....

Oklahoma governor opposes criminal justice initiative

Dec. 4, 2019 1:13 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he opposes a proposed state question that would restrict prosecutors from using previous felony convictions to enhance sentences in certain criminal cases. In a speech Tuesday to the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, The Oklahoman reports Stitt said...

Oklahoma health department requests a reduced budget

Dec. 3, 2019 7:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health requested less money for its proposed budget, a move lawmakers are calling counterintuitive and confusing. Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Gary Cox asked legislators on Monday to decrease his agency’s funding by 1.5%, bringing the proposed...

Democratic state lawmaker to resign south Oklahoma City seat

Dec. 3, 2019 7:00 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from south Oklahoma City says he plans to resign at the end of the year, triggering a special election for his District 89 seat. Rep. Shane Stone announced Tuesday that he has submitted his resignation to the governor’s office, effective Dec. 31. He...

Trump among 4 Republicans who file to run for president

Dec. 3, 2019 6:31 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three more Democrats and four more Republicans, including President Donald Trump, filed statements of candidacy Tuesday, the second of the state’s three-day filing period for the 2020 Oklahoma primaries. Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, a...

Oklahoma judge admonished for not paying taxes, tickets

Dec. 3, 2019 6:00 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s highest court admonished an Oklahoma County judge on Tuesday for failing to pay her taxes and more than 60 parking tickets, but narrowly decided against filing a petition for her removal. In a 5-4 ruling, the Oklahoma Supreme Court determined the allegations against...