OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The inaugural committee for Oklahoma's new Republican governor spent more than $2.4 million on inauguration festivities to launch his first term in office, a finance report...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Less than one week after being given sweeping new power over five of the state's largest agencies, new Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking advantage by appointing new board members to...
Oklahoma governor reappoints Elk City man to A&M Regents
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new governor is reappointing Elk City businessman Joe Hall to the board of regents that oversees Oklahoma State University and four other state...
Oklahoma Board of Education approves new school report cards
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved the release of new A-F report cards for public schools that have previously been criticized by state educators for having...
The Latest: Oklahoma governor signs permitless gun bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a bill that would allow Oklahoma residents to openly carry firearms without a background check or training (all times local):
Oklahoma education officials prepare new A-F school grading
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education officials say a new A-F grading system for public schools could be implemented soon.
Education officials said Tuesday that report cards will go online...
Oklahoma faith leaders plan vigil seeking to stop gun bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several Oklahoma faith leaders are planning a vigil outside the office of Oklahoma's new governor urging him to rethink his support for a bill that would allow people to carry...
Oklahoma governor reappoints Rhoades as safety commissioner
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt is reappointing the commissioner of public safety following an investigation at the agency that led to a criminal charge against a Highway Patrol...
Oklahoma Legislature hurries gun carry bill to new governor
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma adults would be able to carry a gun without training or a background check under a bill being hurried through the Republican-led Legislature to a new governor who...
Stitt adds to his cabinet, taps Oklahoma tax commissioner
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new governor has made two more key appointments, naming a new secretary to his cabinet and a new member of the Tax Commission.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday that Office of Juvenile Affairs Director Steve Buck would serve in his cabinet as the secretary of human services and early childhood initiatives. That post will require Senate confirmation.
Permitless gun bill passes in Oklahoma House vote
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill vetoed last year by Oklahoma's Republican former governor that would allow adult residents to carry a gun without training or a background check has easily passed a vote in the state House on its way to the desk of the new governor, who is expected to sign it into law.
Oklahoma voters head to polls for municipal elections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters around the state are heading to the polls for municipal elections.
Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as voters weigh in on candidates for mayor, city council and school boards as well as bonds for public services in towns and cities throughout the state. Some elections with more than two candidates may be decided during runoffs in April.
No cause of death for late OU regent Billy Wayne Burgess Jr.
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A memorial service has been scheduled for Billy Wayne Burgess Jr., a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.
Burgess, of Lawton, died suddenly Feb. 8 at 62. No cause of death has been released.
Officials at Becker-Rabon Funeral Home say a memorial service will be held Friday at the First Baptist Church of Lawton.
Permitless carry gun bill sails through Oklahoma committee
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill vetoed last year by then-Gov. Mary Fallin that would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a gun without any training or a background check appears to be sailing toward the new Republican governor, who has said he'll sign it.
Chickasaw Nation lawmaker tapped for Oklahoma cabinet post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has a new nominee for secretary of Native American Affairs.
Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Chickasaw Nation lawmaker and former state Rep. Lisa Billy to the position Wednesday. The cabinet-level position still requires Senate confirmation.
Clay Bennett resigns from OU regents, citing health concerns
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett is resigning from the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, effective immediately, citing health concerns.
University officials confirmed Bennett's resignation on Wednesday, shortly after it was announced at the start of a regents meeting. Bennett is president of the private investment firm Dorchester Capital and chairman of the ownership group of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
Oklahoma governor taps Chickasaw Nation official for cabinet
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has named Chickasaw Nation lawmaker and former state Rep. Lisa Billy as secretary of Native American Affairs.
Stitt taps longtime cybersecurity expert for emergency post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a longtime cybersecurity expert as the state's new director of the Department of Emergency Management.
Stitt announced the hiring Tuesday of Mark Gower to lead the agency that coordinates the state's response and recovery from natural disasters and emergencies. Gower previously served as Oklahoma's chief information security officer responsible for protecting the state's data and computer infrastructure from cyber threats.
Women make huge gains in Oklahoma, rise to leadership posts
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has traditionally ranked among the states with the fewest women in elected office, but the state made huge gains in the Legislature in November and several of top leadership posts are now held by female lawmakers.
Although the Sooner State lost its first female governor, Mary Fallin, to term limits, it increased the percentage of women in the state Legislature from 13.4 percent in 2017 to 21.5 percent in 2019, one of the sharpest increases in the country.
Pot industry officials critical of new emergency rules
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some in Oklahoma's emerging medical marijuana industry say they were caught off guard by Gov. Mary Fallin's signing of new emergency rules for medical pot in the final days of her term.
New Oklahoma governor announces more appointments
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Gov. Kevin Stitt is putting more of his key hires in place, including the appointment of his chief operating officer to head up the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
The Latest: Stitt pledges to push Oklahoma into “top ten”
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Oklahoma's new governor, Republican Kevin Stitt (all times local):
Oklahoma's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt says he's ready to follow up on his campaign pledge to push the state into the "top ten."
The millionaire businessman became Oklahoma's 28th governor Monday as he and other statewide elected officials took their oaths of office during a ceremony at the Oklahoma Capitol.
Correction: Oklahoma Inauguration-Stitt story
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In a story Jan. 13 about incoming Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, The Associated Press reported erroneously that term-limited Gov. Mary Fallin's political career has spanned almost 40 years. Instead, her career has lasted almost 30 years.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Stitt to be sworn in as Fallin exits Oklahoma politics
Stitt names 2 more to top-level administration posts
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's newly elected governor has named a Tulsa banker and an economic development professional from Enid to two key posts in his administration.
Ex-state Rep. Randy McDaniel sworn is as Oklahoma treasurer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has a new state treasurer.
Republican former state Rep. Randy McDaniel was sworn in to the statewide office Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
McDaniel was elected treasurer in November and was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to serve out the remaining two weeks of the unexpired term of former Treasurer Ken Miller, who stepped down on New Year's Day to take a job with OGE Energy Corp. following eight years in the office.
Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese resigns
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's secretary of agriculture is stepping down two weeks before the inauguration of Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt.
Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese submitted a letter to Fallin on Monday in which he announced his resignation effective immediately.
New Oklahoma treasurer to get early jump on job
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's newly elected State Treasurer Randy McDaniel is getting an early jump on his new job.
Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday she's appointing McDaniel to the post, effective Tuesday. McDaniel was appointed to fill the unexpired term of outgoing Treasurer Ken Miller, who is resigning early to take a position with OGE Energy Corp.
Heavy snow prompts highway closures in Oklahoma Panhandle
GUYMON, Okla. (AP) — Heavy snow is prompting highway closures and traffic problems in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Texas County Emergency Management Director Harold Tyson says portions of two major highways were shut down Thursday after 6 to 8 inches of snow fell in the area. He says several tractor-trailers jackknifed along Highway 54, causing traffic to back up for miles near Guymon.
Input sought on Oklahoma’s work plan for Medicaid
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government is soliciting comments on Oklahoma's new plan to impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients.
Oklahoma submitted its waiver application to the federal government earlier this month, and the public comment period is open until Jan. 20.
Manufacturer announces plans for 600 jobs at Tulsa campus
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of air movement systems is launching operations at its new Tulsa campus that is expected to employ 600 workers by early 2020.
Oklahoma governor commutes sentences of 9 more state inmates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has commuted the sentences of nine more state prison inmates who were convicted of various nonviolent offenses.
Fallin commuted the sentences Thursday, a little more than two weeks after she commuted the sentences of 21 other nonviolent offenders .
Oklahoma governor seeks disaster aid due to Nov. 3 storms
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and the Cherokee Nation are asking the U.S. Small Business Administration for a disaster declaration to residents of Cherokee County affected by tornadoes, severe storms and strong winds on Nov. 30.
Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt reappoints 2 Fallin picks
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt's latest cabinet-level appointments are the first holdovers from the outgoing administration.
The Republican on Friday reappointed Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson as adjutant general of the Oklahoma National Guard and Rusty Rhoades as commissioner of public safety. Both are pending state Senate approval.
Stitt praised both men as committed to keeping Oklahoman safe.
Governor-elect Stitt nominates state agriculture secretary
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt has nominated a state 4-H leader to become the new state secretary of agriculture.
Stitt on Thursday said he's nominating Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Executive Director Blayne Arthur to succeed Jim Reese, who has held the post since 2011 when he was appointed by outgoing Gov. Mary Fallin.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Arthur would be the first woman to serve as state agriculture secretary.
Board recommends 9 more inmates for commutations from Fallin
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is recommending that sentences be commuted for nine more prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses that would mostly be misdemeanors today.
The five-member panel voted Wednesday to forward the recommendations to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to take action on the recommendations before her term ends next month.
Oklahoma health board approves marijuana edibles rules
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will soon consider food safety rules on marijuana edibles, which advocates say should help bring clarity to the cannabis-infused food market.
The Oklahoma Board of Health voted Tuesday to send the rules to Fallin for approval, The Oklahoman reported .
Oklahoma governor declares emergency ahead of expected storm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency ahead of an expected storm that could dump snow, ice and freezing rain on the state.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Saturday night for southwestern Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City.
The weather service says up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow, in addition to a thin layer of ice, could fall in the area.
Arkansas, Oklahoma still recovering from tornadoes
VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — Oklahoma and Arkansas continue recovery efforts following a series of tornadoes that ripped through the region last week.
An EF2 tornado in Oklahoma's Lake Tenkiller area destroyed homes, boat docks and buildings. State officials, local authorities and residents have been assessing the damage in a variety of methods, the Southwest Times Record reported.
Fallin commutes sentences of 21 Oklahoma prisoners
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 21 prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses in an unusual move that underscores the Republican leader's push to reduce Oklahoma's prison population.
Fallin signed the commutations during an emotional ceremony at the state Capitol in which family and friends of the prisoners cheered every signature.
Snow and ice expected in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A strong cold front followed by a storm system is expected to bring snow and freezing rain to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas later this week.
The National Weather Service said Tuesday the front will move across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles late Wednesday and on Thursday as it pushes south and eastward, then the storm system will likely follow on Friday and Saturday.
Oklahoma governor declares emergency following severe storms
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 12 eastern Oklahoma counties where damage was reported over the weekend from severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds.
New Oklahoma governor taps EPA official for environment post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A staffer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with long ties to former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has been selected by Oklahoma's new governor to serve as state secretary of energy and environment.
Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that Kenneth Wagner has been appointed to the cabinet-level position. Oklahoma previously had separate cabinet positions for energy and environment, but Gov. Mary Fallin combined those during her first term.
Oklahoma Board of Education member Daniel Keating dies at 74
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Daniel Keating, a businessman who served on the Oklahoma Board of Education and was the twin brother of former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, has died. He was 74.
Daniel Keating's son, Matthew Keating, told The Associated Press on Sunday that his father died Saturday in Tulsa. He said that education was very important to his father.
Oklahoma Gov. Fallin says she’s retiring from politics
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says she will retire from politics when she steps down as governor in January and will not pursue elective office again.
The Oklahoman reports that Fallin on Friday said she wants to spend more time with her family .
The 63-year-old Republican has been in politics since she was 35, when she began serving as a state representative.
Arkansas, Oklahoma agencies agree to clean up Illinois River
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Oklahoma state agencies have signed an agreement which commits the states to work together to address concerns about water quality in the Illinois River.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says that the agency, along with the state's Natural Resources Commission and Oklahoma's Secretary of Energy and Environment and Secretary of Agriculture, agreed Wednesday to work collaboratively to develop a watershed improvement plan.
Former Democratic lawmaker from Tahlequah dies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic former state legislator who was a Vietnam veteran has died.
A family friend of former state Sen. Jim Wilson says Wilson died Sunday at his home in Tahlequah after a bout with cancer. Wilson was 71.
Friend and former state Sen. Kenneth Corn says Wilson had a reputation for defending the rights of the poor and vulnerable during his legislative career. Wilson served two terms in the state House before moving to the Senate, where he served from 2004 to 2012.
Oklahoma governor to weigh clemency for non-violent inmates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Clemency requests are on their way to Gov. Mary Fallin for 22 Oklahoma prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses.
The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has recommended that sentences of between 10 and 40 years be reduced after voters approved a state question in 2016 that reclassified some nonviolent drug and property crimes.
Democrat Edmondson threatens GOP dominance in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republicans seized control of every statewide elected office in the 2010 midterm election, and they've maintained their dominance ever since.
But in a state Republicans like to boast is the "reddest of the red," 72-year-old Democrat Drew Edmondson is threatening to break the GOP stranglehold and win back the governor's mansion after eight years under Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, who has reached her term limit.
AP FACT CHECK: Ads attack Stitt’s mortgage business record
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican nominee for Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt has been criticized by his Democrat opponent for his record as the head of a mortgage company.
Stitt, running as a businessman and outsider, is locked in a tight race against Democratic Drew Edmonson, a former attorney general who served 16 years before making an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2010.