OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group of Oklahoma seniors and adults with disabilities who receive in-home state services to keep them out of nursing homes has filed a federal lawsuit against the two agencies that fund the programs. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Oklahoma City against the directors of the state's Medicaid agency, the Health Care Authority, and the Oklahoma's Department of Human Services.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have raided cash reserves and cut deeper into agency funding to balance the state budget. That sets up a showdown with her own party in the Legislature. Fallin vetoed the measure Friday, hours after the state Senate's final approval. She had tried unsuccessfully to persuade GOP House members to increase taxes to keep government running.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former Oklahoma correctional officer has pleaded guilty to using unreasonable force on an inmate during a 2014 incident at a jail in El Reno. The Oklahoman reports that 41-year-old Jason Barber pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Oklahoma City. Prosecutors have classified the offense as a misdemeanor because the inmate didn't suffer bodily injury. Barber will be sentenced early next year, though prosecutors and defense attorneys suggest probation.
ENID, Okla. (AP) - A former Oklahoma mayor and bank vice president has been arraigned for his alleged involvement in a fraud scheme. The Enid News and Eagle reports that 62-year-old Ersnt LeRoy Currier was charged this week with 33 felonies related to $6.2 million in fraudulently obtained loans. Police say Currier opened more than 60 fraudulent loans from 2000 and 2017. Currier's attorney entered an automatic not guilty plea.
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