OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Convicted criminals who maintain their innocence would have a way to seek DNA testing in their cases under a bill that is nearing final passage in the Legislature. The bill's passage would eliminate Oklahoma's dubious distinction as the only state in the nation without such a program.
The Oklahoma House voted unanimously on Thursday for the Postconviction DNA Act, which allows those convicted of violent felonies or who have been sentenced to 25 years or more in prison to file a motion in court to request forensic DNA testing in their case.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent in April.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state's unemployment decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9 percent last month. That remains well below the national unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.
The commission says nonfarm employment rose by 1,800 jobs in April in Oklahoma. The professional and business services sector saw the greatest increase at 1,300 jobs, while leisure and hospitality jobs dropped by 2,000.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Governor Mary Fallin is proposing a last-minute legislative change to the state's Insure Oklahoma program that would direct $50 million in state tobacco taxes to pay for more than 9,000 Oklahomans who are expected to lose their health insurance under the program.
Fallin released a statement Friday urging lawmakers to redirect the $50 million so the Insure Oklahoma could continue to operate as a "smaller, more targeted program run with state dollars only."