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Judge: Tulsa Race Massacre victims' descendants can't sue

Aug. 04, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

An Oklahoma judge said six descendants of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre cannot sue for reparations, while allowing three known survivors of the attack in which a white mob descended on a predominantly Black neighborhood to move forward with the lawsuit. The order, signed...

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...

Oklahoma-based tribes say followed rules on Freedmen rights

Jul. 27, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

Leaders and representatives of five Oklahoma-based tribes on Wednesday told a U.S. Senate committee that they have followed treaties and court rulings regarding the citizenship of Freedmen and that the federal government should respect their sovereignty. Freedmen were the freed Black...

Audit critical of Oklahoma's use of education relief funds

Jul. 20, 2022 13:27 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...

North Texas wildfire continues to grow amid high heat

Jul. 19, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

A North Texas wildfire continued to grow Tuesday amid sweltering temperatures and dry conditions after burning at least a dozen structures, officials said. The Chalk Mountain Fire about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth was the largest active Texas wildfire as of...

Descendants of possible Tulsa massacre victims can give DNA

Jul. 13, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

People who believe they are descendants of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre can now provide genetic material to help scientists when they begin trying to identify remains of possible victims. Danny Hellwig, laboratory director with Intermountain Forensics, said Wednesday that...

Execution dates scheduled for 6 Oklahoma death row inmates

Jul. 01, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday set execution dates for six death row inmates, just hours before an attorney filed a motion for a rehearing in one case. Execution dates for James Coddington, Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole, Richard Fairchild,...

Texas woman accused in cyclist death arrested in Costa Rica

Jun. 30, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

A Texas woman suspected in the fatal shooting of professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson at an Austin home has been arrested in Costa Rica, the U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday. Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was arrested Wednesday at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Provincia de...

Justices limit 2020 ruling on tribal lands in Oklahoma

Jun. 29, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Oklahoma can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native American. The 5-4 decision cut back on the high court’s ruling from 2020 that said a large chunk of eastern...