OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The attorney for a former state senator charged with producing and transporting child pornography says his client will plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for U.S. prosecutors dropping three other child pornography charges against him. Ex-state Sen. Ralph Shortey's attorney Ed Blau confirmed the details of the plea agreement to The Oklahoman on Friday. Blau told the newspaper Shortey wants to put the "painful and humiliating ordeal behind him."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate say they're surprised that Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a budget plan to raid cash reserves and further cut state agency spending. Fallin's veto late Friday underscored the ongoing tension between her and House leaders. House Speaker Charles McCall criticized the governor in a statement Saturday, accusing her of interjecting "more chaos and drama into the lives of Oklahomans."
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) - 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.
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