OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two of Oklahoma's largest oil and natural gas industry trade groups say they support a plan to increase the state's energy production tax as part of a broad tax plan to help fund a teacher pay raise and stabilize state revenues. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association both announced Tuesday they were backing the plan unveiled last week by a group of state business and civic leaders.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The head of Oklahoma's prison system is warning lawmakers that state facilities are crumbling, guards are overworked and underpaid and the problem is expected to worsen as more men and women are being sentenced to long stretches behind bars. Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh's blunt assessment before a legislative panel on Tuesday comes just days after the release of federal statistics that show Oklahoma's overall incarceration rate now ranks second in the nation.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it is looking into a potential threat against a state lawmaker who says he discovered a tracking device beneath his pickup truck. The Oklahoman reports that Republican Rep. Mark McBride of Moore says he found the contraption beneath the driver's side of his pickup Dec. 4. McBride has filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court in an attempt to identify who is responsible.
ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing two people as he drunkenly shot at vehicles while driving along a freeway in Oklahoma. A prosecutor says 38-year-old Jeremy Doss Hardy of Pasadena pleaded guilty Tuesday before jury selection was to begin for his trial on two counts of first-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and other offenses. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty.
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