The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has classified the death of a man who died after a struggle with police outside a movie theater as a homicide.
But Amy Elliott with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday the injuries 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez suffered in February outside a Moore theater were not sufficient by themselves to cause his death.
Elliott says Rodriguez died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and an underlying heart condition.
A plan to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years has passed a Senate committee, despite concerns the proposal will tie the hands of future legislators.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-3 on Wednesday for the bill by state Sen. Jim Halligan (R-Stillwater). It now goes to the full Senate before returning to the House for consideration.
Solar panel and wind turbine technology is improving rapidly, and many small-scale customers are excited by the potential to generate electricity and sell it — outright, or for credit — back to the grid.
Oklahomans are facing their first significant risk for tornadoes of the spring storm season. The National Weather Service says the potential for severe thunderstorms increases Tuesday afternoon. If storms develop they are likely to be severe.
While the storms will be fairly isolated, forecasters say conditions for severe weather will become more favorable through the day. What the weather service calls “significant severe storms” are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m.
An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation to require the state Board of Health to establish standards for abortion providers and clinics, including standards for equipment and supplies that might be needed in a medical emergency.
The House Public Health Committee approved the Senate-passed measure by a 7-4 vote Tuesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.