OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - University of Oklahoma Regent Kirk Humphreys says he has no plans to step down from his post despite calls for his resignation after comments he made comparing gay people to pedophiles. Humphreys did not attend Tuesday's regularly scheduled regents meeting in Oklahoma City, where about 100 protesters showed up asking for him to resign. Humphreys told the Associated Press in an email Tuesday he didn't mean to compare homosexuality with pedophilia and apologized for his "lack of clarity."
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma judge has dismissed a lawsuit to re-examine the case of a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to report that her boyfriend abused her children. The boyfriend served two years. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition calling 33-year-old Tondalao Hall's sentence disproportionate. Pottawatomie County District Judge John Canavan on Tuesday rejected the petition, saying it was filed in the wrong county. The ACLU says it will file a new petition.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Board of Health has fired internal auditor Jay Holland as director of the Office of Accountability Systems. The board voted Tuesday to dismiss Holland, who was placed on leave following the resignation of Terry Cline as health commissioner amid what the board called financial mismanagement. Board spokesman Tony Sellars referred questions to the state attorney general's office, where spokeswoman Terri Watkins declined comment.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived an Oklahoma prison inmate's lawsuit alleging conditions at a state prison violated his constitutional rights. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit by Joseph Womble. Womble's lawsuit alleges temperatures in his cell at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown exceeded 90 degrees 15 times in June 2016, causing him to become dehydrated. A prisons spokesman says the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.
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