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Oklahoma group works to reduce 'excessive' sentences

Aug. 13, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma coalition is campaigning to reduce sentences of dozens of people incarcerated for crimes that no longer carry such severe punishments following the state's criminal justice reform efforts. Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform has partnered with University of Tulsa law...

Survey: Oklahoma teacher vacancies remain, despite pay hikes

Aug. 13, 2018 5:05 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new survey shows Oklahoma schools continue to struggle filling classroom positions after the largest teacher pay raise in state history. The Oklahoma State School Boards Association survey released Monday says another academic year will start with nearly 500 teacher vacancies...

Inmate repeatedly stabbed at Lawton Correctional Facility

Aug. 13, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate remains hospitalized after being stabbed at a facility in the southwestern part of the state. Officials say 36-year-old James Bever was stabbed Saturday at Lawton Correctional Facility. Bever was found lying in a pod shower with multiple stab...

Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts

Aug. 13, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

The spring of teacher uprisings has given way to summer, but these are anything but lazy days for educators continuing the fight through their own election campaigns. Hundreds of teachers are running for office in November elections, campaigning primarily on promises to address public education spending cuts and...

Oklahoma City police fatally shoot man who pointed gun

Aug. 13, 2018 11:26 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police say an officer fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him as he responded to a disturbance at a convenience store. Police Capt. Bo Matthews says the shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. Monday. Matthews says the man was bothering patrons in the parking lot and...

Class revives crochet craft in Lawton

Aug. 13, 2018 1:02 AM EDT

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A new generation of crocheters in Lawton is ensuring the crafting art does not fall by the wayside. Michell Rosario, activities coordinator at the Owens Multi-Purpose Center, has hosted a twice-weekly crocheting class since June. The class has attracted around a dozen participants...

Teen arrested in connection with death of Oklahoma cyclist

Aug. 12, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a teenager has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a cyclist. Tulsa Police Department Sgt. Dave Walker says the 17-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday after investigators served a search warrant at the suspects' family's home. The teen is...

Oklahoma volunteer firefighter killed battling house fire

Aug. 12, 2018 11:05 AM EDT

FRIENDSHIP, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Oklahoma say a volunteer firefighter has died while battling a house fire. The Jackson County sheriff's department says 54-year-old Madison "Maddy" Lee Clinton Jr. was killed while battling a house fire in Friendship, about 137 miles (220 kilometers)...

State investigation: Oklahoma VA didn't violate privacy laws

Aug. 12, 2018 10:26 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs didn't violate privacy laws when it allowed medical aides to search patients' records on their cellphones, according to a state investigation. Mark Gower, the state's chief information security officer, wrote a memo that said the practice...

Manslaughter charge dismissed against Oklahoma sheriff

Aug. 12, 2018 8:39 AM EDT

ENID, Okla. (AP) — A manslaughter charge has been dismissed against an Oklahoma sheriff for the death of an inmate who was confined in a restraining chair for more than two days. The charge against Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles was dismissed Friday by a judge who ruled that prosecutors didn't show...