Oklahoma's Department of Corrections has temporarily banned news media from bringing cameras or any recording equipment inside its prisons.
The Tulsa World reports that DOC officials notified the newspaper this week that requests to bring photographers inside prisons for two interviews had been denied. They instead said a reporter would be allowed to conduct the interviews, so long as no recording equipment was brought into the facility.
One of the state's most famous writers is the latest Oklahoman to be honored with a portrait at the state Capitol.
The author of Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison grew up in the Deep Deuce area of Oklahoma City. State Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) was among those leading the effort to pay tribute to Ellison. Holt says the new painting honors a man who was much more than a writer.
A lawsuit challenging Oklahoma's law that shields details of drugs used in executions has been moved to federal court.
The suit filed by death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner was set for a hearing Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court, but the hearing was canceled after the case was transferred to federal court at the request of the state.
Lockett faces a March 20 execution while Warner is set to be executed March 27.
New nonstop flights to Charlotte, N.C., are coming this summer to Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
The new service will be operated by US Airways Express and regional partner Mesa Airlines. US Airways merged with American Airlines in December, forming American Airlines Group Inc.
The airlines say the new flights will begin July 2. The service includes two departures and two arrivals daily to and from Charlotte. The Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft seats up to 70 passengers and includes nine first-class seats.
A group of marijuana advocates filed an initiative petition Monday to decriminalize marijuana in Oklahoma City.
Reform OKC will start gathering signatures Friday.
State Senator Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) has been an outspoken supporter of cannabis legalization at the state Capitol. She says Oklahoma City’s petition could pave the way for a larger, statewide effort to legalize the drug.
The 20th annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade hits Main Street Saturday, March 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Come Together! Que l’on se Rassemble”, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the United States.