OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The director of the agency that provides mental health and substance abuse services says outpatient programs to 189,000 Oklahomans will be eliminated and other services will be cut on Nov. 1 due to a state budget gap that's forcing a $75 million cut to the agency's budget. Commissioner Terri White of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said Wednesday the agency will have to cut its budget if state lawmakers don't fill a $215 million hole in the state budget.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A white former Oklahoma police officer on trial for the fourth time in the 2014 killing of his daughter's black boyfriend has told jurors he had no choice but to shoot the young man. Former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler was the last witness called in the case. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday afternoon before the case goes to the jury. Kepler said he saw Jeremey Lake reaching into his waistband, so he fired.
STROUD, Okla. (AP) - An emergency medical services company in Oklahoma has accepted the resignation its CEO amid an ongoing kickback lawsuit. Stephen Williamson says his retirement from the Emergency Medical Services Authority will take effect Thursday. The company manages ambulance services in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Williamson recently came under fire after being named in a federal lawsuit that alleges a $20 million kickback scheme involving a Texas contractor. Williamson has led the company since 1978.
STUART, Okla. (AP) - A small Oklahoma school district has adopted a policy in which students, athletes and spectators are 'expected' to stand during the national anthem with no 'gestures of demonstration or protest.' The policy adopted by the school board says it isn't intended to force anyone to violate their religious, political or social beliefs. The policy says students who violate the policy would be disciplined on a case-by-case basis. Potential action against spectators is not addressed.
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