New House study props target Native American liaison, energy policy, phone fees (access required)

House members have until June 14 to file requests for interims studies this year, and they haven’t been shy about doing so up to this point. Requests now total 42, and counting. Last session saw almost 70 requests approved. One ...

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Attorney John Merritt suspended from law practice following complaint of misappropriating client funds, manufacturing a court order (access required)

Long-time Oklahoma City attorney John Merritt has been suspended from practicing law by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, pending the outcome of an Oklahoma Bar Association complaint against him. In its April 26 complaint, the bar association alleges that on the ...

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New law bans private transfer fees that affect property titles, says Martin (access required)

A new law recently signed by Gov. Mary Fallin will protect homeowners and purchasers by prohibiting private transfer fees that could affect the titles to their property, says Rep. Steve Martin, R-Bartlesville. “This is a method that developers came up with ...

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Fourth grand jury indictment accuses Norman man of violating gambling laws (access required)

The last of four indictments issued by the multicounty grand jury in May was unsealed Friday in Cleveland County, accusing Roland Benevides, of Norman, violating Oklahoma anti-gambling laws. Benevides, 44, is charged with three counts: Violating the anti-gambling act, using ...

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House study proposals cover the waterfront (access required)

Just flipping through the 30 or so study proposal requests House members have already filed for the 2011 interim. About half have been filed by either Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, or Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, with McCullough having about a ...

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Third unsealed multicounty grand jury indictment names drug court coordinator in missing-money case (access required)

An eight-count multicounty grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday accuses former Pittsburg County drug court coordinator Angela Marie Marcum, 53, of embezzlement of public money and property and stealing or destroying public records. Marcum is charged with one count each of ...

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Treasurer Miller: Oklahoma economy continues to improve; receipts top $10 billion (access required)

Gross receipts to the Oklahoma state treasury totaled $10.07 billion for the 12 months ending in May, the first time the 12-month total has topped $10 billion since August 2009, State Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday. “We’re seeing a continuation of ...

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UPDATE on “Who controls the courthouse?” post (below): (access required)

An attorney for broadcasters who challenged Garfield County District Judge Paul Woodward’s order banning television cameras from the third-floor hallways of the Oklahoma County Courthouse told Associated Press Thursday that the TV stations have decided not to appeal Woodward’s decision. Following a Tuesday ...

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