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APNewsBreak: Oklahoma court could face impeachment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A member of the Oklahoma House is drafting a resolution seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death-row inmates.

Republican state Representative Mike Christian told The Associated Press on Wednesday that five justices engaged in a "willful neglect of duty."

Under the state constitution, the Supreme Court handles civil cases while the Court of Criminal Appeals takes those involving inmates.

Inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were scheduled to die this month. They filed a lawsuit in civil court challenging secrecy surrounding execution drugs. They did not challenge their convictions.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has said it couldn't weigh in because it didn't have the power. The high court said a "rule of necessity" led to the stay.


Death of Australian player weighs heavy on team

ADA, Okla. (AP) - The death of an Australian baseball player last summer has left a void for his college team in Oklahoma.

Twenty-two-year Chris Lane of Melbourne was preparing to enter his senior season at East Central University when he was gunned down last August. Four people have been charged in the killing, including three teenagers. One teen allegedly told authorities they did it because they were bored.

Lane's memory has never been far from his teammate's minds throughout the season. They honor him before each game with a moment of silence and wear batting practice jerseys with his Number 7 on them. His jersey was also retired.

East Central coach Dino Rosato says the fall was difficult for the team, but the players came together and have supported each other.


'Significant' severe weather in Oklahoma forecast

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Multiple rounds of severe weather are in the forecast for much of Oklahoma through the weekend.

A line of thunderstorms packing high winds and large hail was moving through western Oklahoma Wednesday, and the Storm Prediction Center said the state was at a slight risk for severe weather. Forecasters say isolated tornadoes are still possible with Wednesday's storms.

Later on, a "significant multi-day severe event" is expected over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, storms are expected to develop east of a dryline and warm front in northern and western Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service says the area most at risk for severe weather extends from Woodward east to Ponca City and south to Altus.

On Sunday, severe storms are again possible, this time in central and eastern Oklahoma.


Senate approves Oklahoma school shelter plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A proposal supported by Governor Mary Fallin to help more school districts pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms has cleared the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted 33-12 Wednesday for the measure that calls for a statewide vote that would allow school districts a one-time increase on bonding capacity to pay for the upgrades.

The bill is expected to undergo changes in a conference committee before it returns to the House and Senate for final passage.

Fallin's Democratic opponent, state Representative Joe Dorman of Rush Springs, is pushing a separate $500 million proposal to pay for storm shelters in schools with revenue from a franchise tax on businesses.


Okla. group donates $500k to Moore Public Schools

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma has made a $500,000 donation to Moore Public Schools to build a 1,600-person storm shelter.

Convention officials announced Wednesday that the gift will be designated for Central Elementary School and Central Junior High School, where the storm shelter will be built.

Convention members have aided the Oklahoma City suburb as it rebuilds from a massive tornado that hit the town last May, killing 24 people and destroying more than 1,000 homes.

Moore Public Schools Superintendent Robert Romines says the shelter means "peace of mind" and safety to many area families.


Okla. appeals court affirms life sentence in death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the prison sentence of a 19-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 35-year-old man.

The court handed down the ruling Wednesday in the case of Schiavone Anderson. Anderson was found guilty by a jury in Muskogee County that recommended the he serve life in prison, but a judge suspended all but 20 years of the sentence.

Anderson was convicted in connection with the shooting death of Roshun English on November 11th, 2011. Authorities say Anderson and three co-defendants robbed English, beat him and took his wallet and cellphones before he was shot to death.

His attorney, William H. Luker of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, says he has not seen the court's decision and declined comment.

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