Latest Oklahoma state government News

Tulsa prosecutor recovering after being stabbed by daughter

Sep. 28, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

An Oklahoma prosecutor who police said was stabbed by his adult daughter, on Wednesday called for more state funding for mental illness programs. “(Tuesday) my family endured one of the toughest days in our lives,” Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in an...

OU Health ceasing some gender care after funds threatened

Sep. 28, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma Medical Center confirmed Wednesday it is planning to stop offering some gender-affirming medical treatments after state lawmakers threatened to withhold millions of dollars in federal funding earmarked for the University Hospitals Authority. ...

Oklahoma panel rejects clemency for man in baby's killing

Sep. 27, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 Tuesday to deny clemency for a man sentenced to die for killing his 9-month-old daughter in 2002, moving him a step closer to his scheduled lethal injection next month. Attorneys for Benjamin Cole, 57, did not...

Staffing shortages, violence plague Oklahoma prisons

Sep. 24, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

HOLDENVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Working as a prison guard in Oklahoma is becoming an ever more dangerous job as the state, with one of the highest incarceration rates in the United States, struggles with violence and understaffing at detention facilities. Long hours, dangerous conditions and remote,...

Oklahoma court: Weed question won't make November ballot

Sep. 21, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposed state question on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Oklahoma won't appear on the November ballot, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, dealing a blow to Democrats who hoped the question would energize liberal voters. The...

Oklahoma appellate court next for Osage Nation case

Sep. 09, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Questions over whether the Osage Nation reservation in northern Oklahoma still exists will next be answered by the state's Court of Criminal Appeals. Osage County District Judge Stuart Tate ruled last week in a criminal case involving a Native American...

Federal lawsuit challenges Oklahoma anti-trans bathroom law

Sep. 07, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three transgender Oklahoma schoolchildren, arguing the state's new law requiring students use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Tuesday...

Oklahoma AG urges prosecution for performing an abortion

Aug. 31, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors should pursue charges against those who perform elective abortions but should give “substantial leeway" to doctors treating pregnant women for emergency conditions, the state's attorney general wrote Wednesday in a memo to law enforcement. ...

Oklahoma Supreme Court agrees to consider marijuana question

Aug. 30, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider whether a question on legalizing recreational use of marijuana should appear on the ballot in November. Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws gathered enough signatures to qualify State Question 820 for...

Suspect in Oklahoma deputy's death also fired at 3rd officer

Aug. 26, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Court documents show the man suspected of fatally shooting an Oklahoma deputy sheriff and wounding another also fired at but missed a third deputy. A probable cause affidavit alleges Benjamin Plank, 35, fatally shot Oklahoma County Deputy Bobby Swartz, wounded...