TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The number of homicides in Tulsa in the first half of 2012 puts the city on pace to challenge last year's seven-year low.
The Tulsa World reports the city saw 26 killings this year through June 30, compared to 25 during the same period last year. There were 53 homicides in all of 2011, marking the lowest number since 2004.
The newspaper says that if the pace holds, the city could finish this year with three annual declines since it had a record 71 killings in 2009.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate scheduled to die next month has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the state's limited supply of a lethal injection drug could lead to a painful death.
The Oklahoman reports that Michael Hooper is seeking an execution using a single drug instead of three.
Hooper is scheduled to die August 14th. He was convicted of killing a mother and her two children in 1993.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the sweeping federal health care law, Oklahoma's political leaders have offered few specifics about how the state will proceed in complying with its provisions.
Members of the Republican-controlled Legislature were quick to issue press releases condemning the high court's decision. Some have vowed to continue fighting implementation of the law in Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is leading a delegation of seven Oklahoma aerospace companies to the Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom.
Fallin and Science and Technology Secretary Stephen McKeever planned to depart Friday for the show, which begins Monday in Farnborough, England. Fallin spokesman Aaron Cooper says the governor will return to the United States on July 12 and then spend the rest of next week at the National Governor's Association's annual meeting in Williamsburg, Va.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — City and state leaders plan an event Monday to announce the sale of a manufacturing facility in Stillwater to an international aerospace company.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will join Stillwater Mayor John Bartley and other leaders at the Monday morning press conference. The announcement comes as Gov. Mary Fallin attends the Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom.
The Stillwater NewsPress reports that a privately owned Belgian aerospace company has purchased the former MerCruiser manufacturing facility on Perkins Road in Stillwater.