Latest Oklahoma state government News

Oklahoma attorney general to appeal judge’s opioid ruling

Nov. 21, 2019 1:22 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he plans to appeal a judge’s order directing consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $465 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis. Hunter said Thursday the judge’s final order only covers...

Police chief: 3 people killed in Oklahoma Walmart shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 8:04 PM EST

DUNCAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Two men and a woman were fatally shot Monday morning outside a Walmart store in southwestern Oklahoma, and the shooter is among the dead, authorities said. Two victims were shot inside a car and the third died in the parking lot just before 10 a.m. outside the store in Duncan,...

Latest: Prosecutor calls Walmart shooting isolated incident

Nov. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Authorities in Oklahoma are emphasizing that the investigation into a fatal shooting outside a Walmart is preliminary, but that it was an “isolated incident.” Stephens County District...

Oklahoma judge reduces J&J order in opioid lawsuit by $107M

Nov. 15, 2019 5:34 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount in his final order in the case by $107 million because of his miscalculation. District Judge Thad...

Oklahoma governor digs in on gambling showdown with tribes

Nov. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s new Republican governor doubled down Thursday on his position that the state’s gambling compacts with Indian tribes expire at the end of the year, setting up a potential legal showdown with some of the state’s most powerful entities. Gov. Kevin Stitt...

Defendants in opioid case say politico's input not needed

Nov. 12, 2019 6:45 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson says there's no need for a judge who ordered the drugmaker to pay $572 million to help clean up Oklahoma's opioid crisis to let several of the state's Republican leaders intervene in the case. In a brief filed Tuesday, attorneys said the attempt by...

Oklahoma abortion clinic takes on 'physicians only' laws

Nov. 8, 2019 3:32 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City abortion clinic filed a lawsuit Friday challenging longstanding state laws that allow only physicians to perform abortions in Oklahoma, marking the sixth time in five years that the state's abortion restrictions have ended up in court. The lawsuit, which was filed on...

Oklahoma woman imprisoned in failure-to-protect case is free

Nov. 8, 2019 1:37 PM EST

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman whose sentence for failing to report her boyfriend's abuse of her children was far harsher than his for the abuse itself wiped away tears and hugged family and friends Friday as she was released after 15 years. Tondalao Hall, 35, left a women's prison in McLoud,...

Oklahoma woman in failure-to-protect case to be released

Nov. 7, 2019 5:54 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman who has served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, is scheduled to be released from custody. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the commutation...

Oklahoma governor pardons woman on his justice task force

Nov. 7, 2019 5:37 PM EST

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has pardoned a member of a task force that is advising him on criminal justice reform. Stitt on Thursday signed a pardon for Rhonda Bear, who served 19 months for drug possession before being released in 2002. Stitt signed the document at a Claremore coffee...