Oklahoma House legislator won't seek re-election
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Republican state representative from Yukon says he will not seek a fifth term in office.
Rep. Colby Schwartz told The Associated Press on Monday that he plans to leave the Legislature when his term ends in November.
His House District 43 is located entirely in Canadian County and includes the communities of Yukon and Mustang.
Schwartz was first elected in 2006 and was unopposed in 2008 and 2012. He won re-election in 2010 with more than 80 percent of the vote.
Schwartz is a former pharmaceutical sales representative and staff member for then-Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin. He currently owns his own health care consulting firm specializing in the liability insurance market.
Oklahoma House OKs guns in school parking lots
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahomans with a permit to carry a handgun could keep their weapon locked inside their vehicle on public school campuses under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.
The House voted 76-17 Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Sally Kern, despite opposition from a lawmaker who is a former school principal and voiced concern about the safety of having guns on school campuses.
Kern says her bill is about protecting the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.
But Lawton Republican Rep. Ann Coody, a former principal at a Lawton high school, says school administrators are telling her they don't want more guns on campus. Coody says the bill would even allow a gun to be stored in plain view.
KAW NATION-GAMING FACILITY
Land being put into trust for tribal casino
KAW CITY, Okla. (AP) - The Kaw Nation is one step closer to building a small casino in north-central Oklahoma.
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced Monday that 21 acres in Kay County is being put into trust for the tribe to use for the casino. A section of the Indian Reorganization Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire land in trust for Indian tribes.
Washburn says in a statement that the project will provide significant opportunities for economic development in the Kaw Nation.
The site where the casino will be built is also home to the tribe's travel plaza and fueling station.
Grass fires burn in central Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Firefighters in central Oklahoma were battling grass fires in Edmond and just southwest of Oklahoma City.
No injuries were reported as a result of the Monday afternoon fires and no homes had burned, although at least one outbuilding was engulfed in flames.
Two of the fires were in north Edmond, including one along Interstate 35 that slowed southbound traffic on the interstate. The other fire was near Mustang on the southwest side of Oklahoma City.
TULSA APARTMENT DEATHS
Filing: No evidence supports warrant in Tulsa case
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Attorneys for one of two brothers charged in the shooting deaths of four women last year want evidence obtained through a search warrant tossed because they say an affidavit supporting it was too general and short on specifics.
The document was one of several filed Monday in district court on behalf of Cedric Poore, who with his brother, James Poore, is charged in the deaths of 23-year-old twins Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson.
Prosecutors allege the brothers robbed the women, then shot them out of fear of being recognized.
Both have pleaded not guilty and are being represented by separate attorneys.
The January 2013 shootings happened in midday in a troubled part of south Tulsa that has been plagued by blight and crime.
Governor joins in announcing education initiative
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin joined Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and officials with the National Math and Science Initiative to announce the start of a program intended to prepare teachers in science, technology, engineering and math.
The program known as OSUTeach is intended to focus on training teachers in the four subject areas. OSU also received a $1.4 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative and $600,000 from the Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation in Tulsa on Monday to support the program.
OSU was selected in February as a partner for the program that is a collaboration between the OSU College of Education and the OSU College of Arts and Sciences.
Oklahoma House redefines abortion inducing drugs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill to further restrict the use of abortion inducing drugs in Oklahoma has overwhelmingly cleared the Oklahoma House.
The House voted 81-8 Monday for the bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau. Grau's previous attempt to regulate the use of the drugs was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court last year as unconstitutional.
Grau contends the state's high court erred, and his bill specifically states its intent is to "overrule the decision of the Oklahoma Supreme Court."
The bill amends several definitions in Oklahoma, including abortion and abortion inducing drugs.
Grau's intent is to require doctors to administer drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol, a law that would prohibit the use of certain abortion inducing drugs.
Woman dead in Chouteau home, homicide suspected
CHOUTEAU, Okla. (AP) - The Mayes County sheriff says homicide is suspected in the death of a woman found inside a home in Chouteau and that a person of interest is being questioned.
Sheriff Mike Reed told reporters that the body of Verna Sarten was found about 1 a.m. Monday by deputies responding to a report of a woman not breathing at the house. Reed says Sarten had what appears to be blunt force trauma to her head.
Reed says authorities later found a person driving Sarten's vehicle and are questioning that person.
Reed says he's asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation.
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