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Verdict: Man guilty of murder in OKC deadly drug deal

A 22-year-old Oklahoma City man has been found guilty of murder in a case of a drug deal that turned deadly. Late Thursday, a...

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Oklahoma County DA says investigator fired over affair

In response to a wrongful termination claim, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater reported Friday that he fired a...

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Oklahoma City bail bondsman charged

Oklahoma City bail bondsman Howard Barnett was charged Friday with first-degree manslaughter over a fatal shooting at a hotel...

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Unaccountable: Oklahoma lawmakers introduce midwife legislation

Several Oklahoma lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to regulate or altogether ban certain midwives in the state....

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Financial irregularities discovered in audit of Garfield County town

KREMLIN — A state audit of the small Garfield County town of Kremlin has revealed numerous financial irregularities, including...

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Murder defendant denies planning fatal drug robbery

A murder defendant who took the witness stand Thursday told a jury he did not plan a drug robbery that claimed the life of a...

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Pardon and Parole Board recommends commutation for another 149 people eligible for single-stage docket

The Pardon and Parole Board voted Wednesday to recommend commutation for another 149 nonviolent drug offenders who were...

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Trial begins about slaying tied to pot sale

The son of a former county sheriff was unaware of the "death trap" that awaited him and his best friend when they drove four...

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I-235 closure planned for weekend of Jan. 24

Interstate 235 will be closed to through traffic at the Interstate 44 interchange during the weekend of Jan. 24, state...

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Bill filed to allow firearms inside state Capitol

Some lawmakers hope 2020 will be the year firearms are finally allowed inside the state Capitol. A newly filed bill from Rep....

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter files lawsuit against opioid distributors

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a state lawsuit against three major opioid distributors Monday, accusing them of...

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OKC man who killed nephew in 'heat of passion' gets 7 years

A man who admitted fatally shooting his nephew during an argument pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to seven...

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Statewide rape kit tracking system takes effect

Sexual assault survivors will now be able to monitor the location and status of their rape kit through a statewide electronic...

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Sheriff's deputy announces campaign for Oklahoma County sheriff

Sheriff’s office deputy Mike McCully announced last week he intends to run for Oklahoma County sheriff. McCully, 63, stationed...

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Norman dispute headed to court

NORMAN — Four former mayors on Friday asked a judge to block a citywide vote on the future of development at University North...

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Woman gets 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing neighbor

A woman who admitted to fatally stabbing a neighbor during a fight over strewn mail was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday...

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Oklahoma criminal justice reform task force requests extension

A governor-created task force charged with making criminal justice reform recommendations has asked for a one-year extension to...

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Opioid manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals reaches $8.75 million settlement with Oklahoma

Drug manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay Oklahoma $8.75 million to resolve potential litigation over the...

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Former Oklahoma police chief charged

A former Luther police chief is being accused in a felony charge of keeping a $310 payment from a traffic stop. Tony Shaun...

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Metro-area residents needed for Oklahoma City's housing market and affordability survey

Oklahoma City is asking metro residents to fill out a housing market and affordability survey to help city planners identify...

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Man wounded in mall shooting jailed for not completing rehab stay

NORMAN — A man shot twice inside a Penn Square Mall shoe store last month was jailed Wednesday for violating a court order....

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Efforts underway to reform Oklahoma County drug court

On a recent Monday morning, roughly 30 drug court participants filed into Oklahoma County Judge Kenneth Stoner’s courtroom. To...

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Embattled Oklahoma County district judge criticized again

Two appellate judges sharply criticized an Oklahoma County district judge Wednesday for not taking herself off criminal cases...

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Holtzclaw asks U.S. Supreme Court to review convictions

Former Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his state convictions of sex...

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OKC family attacked in Mexico identified

A family from Oklahoma City attacked in Mexico, resulting in the death of a 13-year-old boy, was identified Tuesday afternoon....

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DHS continues to experience alarming decline in therapeutic foster homes

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services continues to experience an alarming decline in the number of therapeutic foster homes...

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OKC man who pleads no contest to rape charges sentenced to 380 years

An Oklahoma City man accused of raping two women and trying to kidnap three others has been sentenced to nearly 400 years in...

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Accused mall shooter released from jail after family posts bond

Accused Penn Square Mall shooter Elizha Sanders is out of jail after his family posted bail, Sanders' attorney told The...

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New OKC turnpike opening Thursday

Commercial warehouses and distribution centers in southwest Oklahoma City are scheduled to get a huge boost Thursday with the...

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Oklahoma County jail to get extended commissary service, new staff meal plans

Starting in March, inmates at the Oklahoma County jail will see increased days of commissary service, and jail employees will...

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Man who blamed wife for military discharge to spend rest of his life in prison for killing

A man who claimed government agents and others were in control of his body when he fatally shot his wife in the head and face...

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Man shot by woman in downtown Oklahoma City domestic incident, police say

A woman shot a man who was a passenger in her car in Downtown on Monday morning. Oklahoma City Police said they got a call of...

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Accused Oklahoma County judge reassigned

An Oklahoma County district judge accused of tax evasion will not be presiding over any criminal cases in 2020. Kendra Coleman...

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Former Oklahoma tag agent repays embezzled funds

A former Calera tag agent pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement and was put on probation for two years after repaying the...

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Governor selects out-of-state law firm to represent Oklahoma in tribal gaming dispute

Gov. Kevin Stitt has selected Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie to represent the state in its ongoing dispute with Oklahoma...

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Gov. Stitt approves one-year extension of Seminole Nation's tobacco compact

Gov. Kevin Stitt has approved a one-year extension of the state's tobacco compact with the Seminole Nation. "The Tobacco Tax...

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Shepard receives death penalty

SHAWNEE — A judge on Friday agreed with jurors' death penalty recommendation for a man convicted last month in the 2017 murder...

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Moore police officer charged in fatal crash

NORMAN — A Moore police officer was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter after an investigation determined he was...

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Woman arrested in deadly trailer home fire

A 19-year-old woman has admitted she set the fire at a trailer home near Harrah that killed her sister and sister's boyfriend...

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OKC firefighter placed on adminstrative leave after arrest

OKLAHOMA CITY OKC firefighter on administrative leave after arrest A veteran Oklahoma City firefighter has been placed on...

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Tribes sue Gov. Kevin Stitt over renewal of gaming compacts

Oklahoma's three largest gaming tribes have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt, asking a federal judge to rule that the...

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Hunting and fishing compacts extended for two Oklahoma tribes

The Choctaw and Cherokee Nations have reached agreements with the governor's office to extend their hunting and fishing...

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Accused company pays $3 million settlement over Fort Sill dam

A defense contractor has paid $3 million to the federal government to settle a civil complaint over a Fort Sill project....

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Tribe says no to state audit of gaming activity

The Chickasaw Nation has told the state it cannot conduct its own audit of the tribe's gaming operations. The state notified...

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Will NRA get insider info?

Payne worked as a television reporter and anchor in Oklahoma for years before joining Ackerman McQueen in 2015. She has said...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court retains jurisdiction of appeals filed in state case against opioid manufacturer

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will retain jurisdiction of appeals filed in a case in which a $465 million verdict was rendered...

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OKC gunman killed by police in and out of prison

In 2006, longtime felon Elray Barber was sentenced to prison for 20 years for robbing a woman of her car in Oklahoma City. He...

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Signature gathering for petition seeking to end certain sentence enhancements to begin

A sentencing reform group can begin collecting signatures Thursday for a constitutional ballot initiative that would prohibit...

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Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs resigns from governor's cabinet, citing disagreement over gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet Secretary of Native American Affairs abruptly resigned Monday, citing irreconcilable differences...

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Joe Exotic faces Jan. 22 sentencing

CHICKASHA — From jail, former zookeeper Joe Exotic is predicting he will be vindicated one day on appeal. "It may take me a...

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Epic gets almost $44M more in midyear adjustments

Continued success in recruiting new students netted Epic Charter Schools an additional $43.7 million in annual, midyear...

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Attorney: Four men jumped accused mall shooter

Accused Penn Square Mall shooter Elizha Sanders acted in self-defense when he shot a man inside a second-floor shoe store, his...

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Attorney convicted of shooting fellow club patron sentenced to prison

A judge this week praised an attorney for his professionalism before sentencing him to prison for shooting a fellow patron...

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'These people are profitable': Under Trump, private prisons are cashing in on ICE detainees

Private prison companies have detained immigrants for decades, but that business has exploded under President Trump.

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Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US

A USA TODAY Network investigation revealed sex assaults, routine use of physical force, poor medical care and deaths at...

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Penn Square Mall shooting suspect was local basketball standout

A man arrested overnight in Thursday's shooting at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City played a prominent role on the Douglass...

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State mails out audit letters to Oklahoma gaming tribes as dispute escalates

The battle between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes heated up Friday. The Stitt administration upped the ante in a...

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Predator pipeline: Athletes overrepresented in sex cases

Concealed public records hide extent of problem.

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Tribes say 'no' to governor's proposal for a gaming compact extension

TULSA — In a strong show of unity, leaders of Oklahoma's gaming tribes called a joint news conference Thursday to announce...

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Oklahoma County district judge found in contempt

For the first time in its history, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission has found a candidate for office in contempt. Without naming...

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Task force approves guidelines for collecting, testing sexual assault DNA evidence

A task force working to improve Oklahoma’s response to sexual assaults voted Tuesday to approve guidelines and procedures for...

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Board of Juvenile Affairs adopts updated state plan for juvenile detention

The Board of Juvenile Affairs on Wednesday approved a new state plan for juvenile detention services. The plan outlines the...

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OKC cop sentenced to 10 years for killing unarmed man

An Oklahoma City police officer convicted of killing a suicidal man told the man's family Wednesday he believed he was armed...

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Governor seeks 8-month extension to tribal gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt sent letters to each of Oklahoma's gaming tribes Wednesday proposing an eight-month extension to all tribal...

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After Jeffrey Epstein debacle, sheriff will end work release

The sheriff in Palm Beach County, Fla., has decided to end the work release program at the jail that came under intense...

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Records show employee loss exaggerated at Oklahoma County jail

The number of Oklahoma County jail employees who have left their jobs because of management uncertainty seems to have been...

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Attorney General steps aside from Indian gaming negotiations

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Tuesday that he has stepped aside as the state's lead negotiator on tribal...

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Task force approves guidelines for collecting, testing sexual assault DNA evidence

A task force that has been working to improve Oklahoma’s response to sexual assaults voted Tuesday to approve guidelines and...

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State appeals opioid verdict claiming $465 million award is not enough

Contending that a $465 million verdict awarded against opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson will be insufficient to fully...

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OKC Catholic archdiocese adds name to list of credibly accused priests

A priest from India who served briefly in Oklahoma City in 2001 as been added to the list of priests who have had...

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Was Oklahoma prison wedding a ruse or real?

McALESTER — Three years after his wedding plans caused a stir statewide, death row inmate Gilbert Ray Postelle is getting...

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Predator pipeline: Feds help star athlete hide campus rape charges

Tristen Wallace had the qualities every college football team wanted.Tall and strong with blazing speed, he courted offers to...

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Predator pipeline: NCAA looks other way as athletes punished for sex offenses play on

College athletes are implicated in an outsized share of campus sexual assaults.But while the NCAA disciplines athletes for...

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State briefs for Dec. 14, 2019: $5.2 million coming to state to battle opioid epidemic

$5.2 million coming to state to battle opioid epidemic Oklahoma state, local and tribal entities will receive more than $5.2...

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Western Heights school district shorted $7.3 million in state aid over 11-year period

The Western Heights Public School District was shorted more than $7.3 million in state aid payments over an 11-year period...

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Teens charged with murder for role in failed drug deal

Three teenagers are facing first-degree murder charges for their roles in a $140 marijuana deal that turned deadly. Brayden...

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SEC accuses Oklahoma oilman of making $1.18 million off insider trading

A Stillwater oilman has agreed to pay almost $3 million to resolve an insider trading complaint. John Special, 67, is accused...

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Jury convicts man for stabbing, recommends life

A jury needed about an hour Thursday to convict a 20-year-old of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another man...

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Audit cites complaints of unprofessional conduct by former OSSM finance official

The head of finance at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics retired abruptly last summer after complaints of...

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Opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson files state Supreme Court appeal

Attorneys for opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday, contending a...

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Ex-Choctaw cop accuses department of discrimination

CHOCTAW — A former police officer is accusing the Choctaw police department of racial discrimination and retaliation. Belen...

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Girlfriend testifies against accused killer

A woman romantically linked to an Irish Mob prison gang member charged with murder appeared conflicted Friday as she testified...

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Man gets prison term for killing infant

An infant's last caretaker will spend nearly four decades in prison as punishment for killing her. Michael Lee Bradley, 24, of...

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DA: Grady County officials overpayment case settled

CHICKASHA — After a special state investigative audit of salary overpayments to Grady County elected officials, a settlement...

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OKC middle school teacher accused of assaulting student

A suspended John Marshall Middle School teacher is accused of assaulting a student. Police identified the teacher as Jason...

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Child rapist forced victim to have surgery, jurors told

EL RENO — A jury Wednesday chose the maximum possible punishment for a child rapist after hearing testimony he forced his...

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Two Oklahoma City men charged with child sex trafficking

A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted two Oklahoma City men on charges of child sex trafficking, one of whom is accused of...

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Oklahoma County district judge disciplined, avoids removal

Embattled Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman will remain on the bench for now even though a secret investigation...

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$34 million OK'd for highway projects in Yukon, Woodward County

Approval of a $13 million Yukon bridge replacement project and a $21 million highway widening project in Woodward County...

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OKC hotel room birth ends in death

A woman who told a paramedic she didn't know she was pregnant gave birth to premature baby boy that was dead when police...

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Man accused of knocking out police officer

A Norman man with warrants for violent offenses is accused of knocking a Del City police officer unconscious. Quantrell...

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New bank account to speed up work of Oklahoma County Jail Trust

After several months of slow progress, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust can finally create its own bank account and take more...

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When will appeals end in 1999 murder case?

Twenty years after her husband was gunned down at his transmission shop in Oklahoma City, Carolyn Taylor is waiting bitterly...

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Following abuse accusations, Oklahoma authorities shut down care homes

Three care facilities in Oklahoma have been shut down, several felony charges have been filed and two workers at another care...

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Revealed after 26 years, judge was source of scoop for the ages

Oklahoma County District Judge John Amick was keeping a secret that was troubling him inside more and more each day. The judge...

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OKC police: Woman hit with sledghammer then sexually assaulted

An injured woman being treated in a hospital emergency room described for Oklahoma City police the night she was hit with a...

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Crippled backs, a crushing death: Investigation reveals cost of Amazon Prime for workers

Amazon’s relentless pursuit of speed has a cost that’s often paid by the bodies of workers.

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Jury convicts man on gun charge, acquits on murder

A jury Tuesday decided to send a felon back to prison for illegally possessing a shotgun after acquitting him of killing a man...

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Health care company expects to pay $66 million to settle whistleblower case involving alleged kickbacks to OKC surgeons

Tenet Healthcare Corporation expects to pay $66 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit involving alleged kickbacks to...

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Lawsuit challenging school name change to proceed

A lawsuit challenging the Oklahoma City School Board's authority to rename a high school will be allowed to proceed, a judge...

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Man who killed girlfriend, infant loses final appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the appeal of Oklahoma death row inmate Raymond Eugene Johnson, who was...

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Immigration court backlog has nearly doubled under Trump

The nation’s backlog of active  immigration court cases has surpassed the 1 million mark and has nearly  doubled...

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Authorities: OKC prostitution deal ended in murder

An alleged prostitution deal ended with one man dead, a convicted rapist charged with murder and a woman charged with helping...

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Man who allegedly fled to Texas charged in SW OKC shooting death

A man has been charged in connection with the shooting death of another man in southwest Oklahoma City then fleeing to Texas....

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Vape juice can kill kids. A vaping law’s slow rollout left them at risk of nicotine poisoning.

Federal regulators this year stepped up efforts to protect young children from a deadly vaping threat: accidents involving...

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If it's in writing, don't think it's a secret

Earlier this month, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration asked the court for a search warrant to track...

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Improvement seen against juvenile sex trafficking

The nation’s preeminent group fighting the sex trafficking of minors started rating states in 2011 and the nation as a whole...

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If your 16-year-old is molested in Florida, no sex crime applies

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The girls had been lured with the promise of $200 for an hour’s work giving Epstein a massage only to...

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Report: 476 older Oklahomans died prematurely because of Medicaid non-expansion

Nearly 500 low-income, older Oklahomans died prematurely because the state did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care...

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Federal jury: Hammon man murdered ex-girlfriend by stabbing 48 times

A federal jury has convicted Tommy Dean Bullcoming, a 55-year-old Hammon man, of first-degree felony murder in Indian Country...

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Petition, outrage after Youngstown State University decision

A Change.org petition launched after media report garners hundreds of signatures

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'I've been dying for 25 years': How a cop has stalled his child sex abuse trial for decades

Retired cop Leonard Forte said he couldn't be tried for the rape of a 12-year-old because he was dying. That was in 1995. He's...

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State to appeal judge's final order in opioid case

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Thursday that the state plans to appeal a judge's order directing Johnson & Johnson...

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Will Oklahoma County officials raise their own salaries?

Oklahoma County's elected officials put off a vote Thursday on raising their own salaries "effective immediately" because of...

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Grand jurors return murder indictment against Blackwell police lieutenant

A state grand jury has found a Blackwell police lieutenant at fault in the fatal shooting of a road rage suspect during an...

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Defense witnesses: Convicted cop killer abused as a child

SHAWNEE — A convicted cop killer was verbally, physically and sexually abused as a child and suffers from complex post...

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'It's terrifying': Oklahoma victims advocate on commutations

On June 6, 1980, Maxine Fullerton, a 54-year-old laundress at the Helena State Training School for Boys, was found dead in the...

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