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Okla. Gov. Vetoes Bill Criminalizing Performing Abortions

She says it wouldn't have withstood a legal challenge

(Newser) - Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed legislation that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion, a measure that would have effectively outlawed the procedure in the state, the AP reports. In vetoing the measure, Fallin said it was vague and would not withstand a... More »

Oklahoma: Impeach Obama for Transgender Mandate

State's GOP lawmakers say bathroom directive in schools is unconstitutional

(Newser) - President Obama issued a mandate last week that transgender students must be allowed to use whichever bathroom and locker room they wish in any US public school—and now Oklahoma's GOP-heavy legislature wants him impeached for it, the Hill reports. A measure was filed Thursday night directing Oklahoma members... More »

Okla. Votes to Make Performing Abortion a Felony

Critics say the law is 'insane,' a 'new low,' and unconstitutional

(Newser) - The Oklahoma Senate voted Thursday to make it a felony punishable by up to three years in prison to perform an abortion, the AP reports. The Center for Reproductive Rights says the bill, which needs to be approved by Gov. Mary Fallin, is a first in the US and a... More »

Reserve Deputy Convicted for Accidentally Shooting Suspect

He's facing four years in prison for manslaughter

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year was convicted of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, the AP reports. Robert Bates, a wealthy 74-year-old insurance executive, was accused of fatally shooting Eric Harris... More »

Forced Oral Sex Isn't Rape If Victim Is Drunk: Court

Oklahoma judges say law's language doesn't apply to the unconscious

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa say Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals misfired badly by ruling that the state's forcible sodomy law isn't applicable to intoxicated or unconscious victims, reports UPI . In what Benjamin Fu, Tulsa County assistant DA, calls an "insane" and "dangerous" interpretation of the law,... More »

Kayaker Goes Missing Off Georgia, Is Found in Okla.

It was all a ruse to evade child porn charges: cops

(Newser) - For two days, authorities conducted a sea and air search for a missing kayaker last spotted in a creek on Georgia's Tybee Island on Sunday night. Then came a bench warrant for his arrest. The 38-year-old kayaker, Cody Magee, happened to be facing charges including attempted child molestation and... More »

Arby's Bacon Thief Said He Was From the Future: Cops

Would-be Chuck Norris 'kicked crap out of' cars

(Newser) - If we were able to time-travel, our first pit stop in the past might aspire higher than fast food—but even time-travelers have to eat, and we bring you the case of Dante Rashad Anderson. The 36-year-old is being accused of robbery, assault and battery, and destruction of property after... More »

Hip-Hop Artist Wants to Save Outsiders House as Museum

Key location in 1983 movie is falling apart

(Newser) - Fans of '80s movies who are familiar with the line "Stay gold, Ponyboy" might be interested in a movement to restore an old house in Oklahoma. As the Tulsa World reports, the house just happens to be the one where the Curtis brothers lived in the film The ... More »

Drone Catches Hooker, Elderly Client in the Act

Amanda Zolicoffer pleads guilty to public lewdness

(Newser) - A camera-equipped drone has apparently caught a prostitute and her john having sex in the front seat of his truck. It all began in March 2015, when self-proclaimed "video vigilante" Brian Bates saw Douglas Blansett, 76, appear to pick up 27-year-old prostitute Amanda Zolicoffer in Oklahoma City, the Smoking... More »

High Court Gives Good News to Pot Legalization Activists

Supreme Court won't consider lawsuit against Colorado from 2 other states

(Newser) - Marijuana is a political debate, not a legal one—for now. The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it won't consider a lawsuit filed by two other states challenging Colorado's pot law. But lawyers say that Nebraska and Oklahoma officials could pursue other legal challenges down the road,... More »

You Can Now Eat Burgers With Sad Papaw

Just visit a flea market in Oklahoma on March 26

(Newser) - Strangers said they'd gladly dine with "Sad Papaw" after a viral photo taken last Wednesday showed all but one grandchild skipped a dinner with him, for which he'd made burgers and their favorite homemade ice cream. Now they have their chance. "The most famous Papaw in... More »

Lonely Burger-Eating Papaw Gives the Internet a Sad

'He made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I’m the only one who showed'

(Newser) - One sad, burger-cooking grandpa took the Internet by storm this week, inspiring everything from amusing memes to death threats, US Magazine reports. It all started Wednesday when Kelsey Harmon, a college softball player from Oklahoma, dropped in for a meal with her papaw. "Dinner with papaw tonight…he made... More »

Teacher's Letter to 'Inept' Lawmakers Goes Viral

He says Oklahoma lawmakers encourage cycle of poverty

(Newser) - Steven Wedel teaches high school English in Oklahoma City, and in a blog post that's gone viral , he describes the tough lives many of his students lead. "Over 90% of the kids in my high school are on the free or reduced lunch programs," he writes. "... More »

4 High School Wrestlers Accused of Raping Teammates

Authorities say boys, 12 and 16, were attacked on bus

(Newser) - Four high school wrestlers in Oklahoma have been charged with rape over what prosecutors describe as a very disturbing incident on a team bus after a tournament in January. According to prosecutors, the students—18-year-old Tanner Shipman and three others under 18—restrained and assaulted a 16-year-old student at the... More »

Case of Teen Girls Missing Since 1999 Gets Fresh Look

The night Ashley Freeman's parents were killed, she and Lauria Bible disappeared

(Newser) - On the penultimate evening of 1999, Danny and Kathy Freeman were shot to death in their mobile home just outside of Welch, Okla., and their home was set on fire. But when police arrived on the scene, the Freemans' daughter, Ashley, and her best friend Lauria Bible, both 16 and... More »

Bank President, Suspect Dead After Oklahoma Bank Robbery

Bank president shot, suspect killed during police pursuit

(Newser) - A bank president was fatally shot during a robbery Thursday in eastern Oklahoma, officials said, and one of two suspects in the bank robbery was killed after an ensuing car chase. FBI spokesman Terry Weber told the Oklahoman that a bank employee was killed during the robbery about 10am at... More »

Headless Body of Famous Elk Found in Oklahoma

A $1K reward has been offered for information in Hollywood's death

(Newser) - The 8-year-old bull elk was photographed so often by visitors to an Oklahoma nature preserve he was dubbed "Hollywood." But the final photo of the creature is a grisly one: a shot of its headless carcass (graphic image here ). The elk, which lived on the Nature Conservancy'... More »

Woman Whose Home Caught Fire Cheers America Up

Tulsa's Michelle Dobyne, other complex residents stay cheerful after blaze

(Newser) - When News on 6 reporters got to the scene of a fire at an Oklahoma apartment complex on Sunday, they figured they'd find residents "miserable and upset." But while firefighters doused the blaze at Tulsa's Casa Linda complex, they couldn't put out the positive vibe... More »

Wife: Country Singer Fought His Way Out of Water

Strickland felt no pain at the end, she says

(Newser) - Country singer Craig Strickland didn't suffer in his last moments, his grieving wife says. In an Instagram post made after the singer's body was found on Monday , Helen Strickland shared details of the death of her husband, who perished on a Dec. 27 duck hunting trip when his... More »

Body of Country Singer Found After Storm

Craig Strickland had been missing a week

(Newser) - His wife was still holding out hope a week after his disappearance, but the search for country singer Craig Strickland has ended with the discovery of his body, reports ABC News . The news came via the Oklahoma State Patrol, though details remained scarce. The 29-year-old went missing on Dec. 27... More »

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