Latest Oklahoma state government News

Republican Oklahoma lawmakers seek hearing in death row case

Aug. 08, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 60 Oklahoma lawmakers, including many Republicans who support the death penalty, urged the state attorney general to join their request for a new evidentiary hearing in the case of death row inmate Richard Glossip. The group of 61 state legislators...

Oklahoma prisons director who oversaw executions retiring

Aug. 08, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow, who helped oversee the state's return to carrying out the death penalty after a nearly seven-year hiatus, announced Monday he's stepping down. In a statement announcing his resignation, Crow did not cite a...

Board recommends clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate

Aug. 03, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Pardon and Parole on Wednesday voted to recommend clemency for a death row inmate who has admitted to beating to death a friend and co-worker who refused to loan him $50 to buy cocaine. The board voted 3-2 to recommend Gov. Kevin Stitt...

Raid seizes contraband thought headed to Oklahoma prisons

Jul. 29, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Contraband including weapons, cellphones, drones and grappling hooks believed to be headed to state prisons was seized at a warehouse in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced Friday. The department's Office of Inspector General...

Audit critical of Oklahoma's use of education relief funds

Jul. 20, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal audit report sharply criticizes Oklahoma officials for a lack of transparency, oversight and accountability in the use of coronavirus relief funds that were intended for education. The state, which received nearly $40 million in pandemic assistance...

Oklahoma assistant attorney general arrested for crashes

Jul. 14, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — An assistant in the Oklahoma attorney general's office has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested for hit-and-run and fleeing police in Broken Arrow. Assistant Solicitor General Courtney Jordan was placed on leave, according to a...

Oklahoma Senate PAC agrees to pay fines to state, dissolve

Jul. 11, 2022 20:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An influential political action committee that has helped elect Republicans to the Oklahoma Senate has agreed to dissolve and pay a fine of more than $60,000 to the state after an investigation revealed multiple state campaign finance rule violations. The...

Oklahoma governor orders special audit of Tulsa schools

Jul. 07, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday called for a special audit of Tulsa Public Schools for what he said was a potential mishandling of public funds. Stitt said he ordered the audit at the request of Tulsa school board members E'Lena Ashley and Jennettie...

Drummond knocks off O’Connor in Oklahoma AG race

Jun. 29, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond has knocked off incumbent Attorney General John O’Connor in the Republican primary in the race for Oklahoma attorney general. With no Democrat and only a Libertarian on the November ballot, Tuesday's victory for Drummond, 58,...

Joy Hofmeister wins Democratic nomination for governor in Oklahoma primary election.

Jun. 28, 2022 22:40 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joy Hofmeister wins Democratic nomination for governor in Oklahoma primary election.