Okla. AG says health care ruling bolsters case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's attorney general says a decision by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., against a provision of the federal health care law bolsters the state's lawsuit that challenges a similar provision of the Affordable Care Act.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 2-1 decision on Tuesday that the law authorizes health care subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states - not by the federal government.
Oklahoma is one of 36 states that did not establish its own exchange, and instead residents purchased coverage through a federal exchange.
Oklahoma's Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a pending lawsuit in federal court in Muskogee that challenges an IRS rule on the subsidies and the assessment of tax penalties.
CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS-KENYA
Man charged in Oklahoma with child abuse in Kenya
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma man has been charged with sexually abusing boys and girls while volunteering at an organization in Kenya that assists neglected children.
Matthew Lane Durham, of Edmond, is accused of engaging in sex acts with children aged from 4 to 10 years while volunteering at Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi from April to June 2014.
The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Western Oklahoma last Thursday says the 19-year-old Durham has volunteered with Upendo since June 2012.
Court records show Durham wrote a confession that an Upendo official provided to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.
Upendo's founders have not responded to a phone call and email seeking comment.
Durham's lawyer told The Oklahoman that the complaint is inaccurate and his client is the victim.
Man ordered to stand trial in shooting death
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A Lawton man accused of a fatal shooting outside a bar has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder.
The Lawton Constitution reports that Special District Judge Ken Harris ruled Monday there was enough evidence for Bryan Dutton to stand trial on the murder count.
Dutton is accused of shooting 35-year-old Sam Ruffin three times outside the Dew Drop Inn on April 19.
Ruffin's partner, Corlette Tahhahwah, told the judge the two had been drinking at the club when she decided to leave. She says the two went into the parking lot and got into an argument with Dutton.
Court records show Dutton has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
TEA PARTY LEADER-CHARGES
Sentencing delayed for Oklahoma tea party leader
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Formal sentencing for the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party has been delayed.
A judge was to have sentenced Al Gerhart on felony blackmail and computer crimes convictions Tuesday. But the sentencing date was delayed until Aug. 19.
Gerhart was convicted after sending a politically charged email to a state senator who testified he felt threatened by the email's tone.
The March 2013 email warned state Sen. Cliff Branan that if he didn't take up a bill favored by Gerhart's political group, that Gerhart would "make sure you regret not doing it."
Gerhart could have faced up to five years in prison for each of the two counts, but the jury that convicted him recommended he not serve any prison time.
34 OSBI agents graduate investigative academy
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Thirty-four agents are graduating from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Advanced Investigative Academy.
Agents hired since 2007 attended the six-week academy to learn advanced skills in areas such as blood stain pattern analysis, investigative interviewing and advanced interrogation techniques and crime scene investigations.
The Bureau planned an academy a few years ago, but budget constraints would not allow for it.
The agents are assigned to regions across the state. Six officers from police departments and sheriff's offices are also graduating from the academy.
Tulsa hosting volleyball players from across world
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Volleyball teams from across the world are in Tulsa this week for the 15th annual USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
The event features some of the best teams from USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline teams, USA Volleyball Region High Performance teams and international squads.
In addition to domestic teams, the field includes eight international teams.
Play continues through Saturday at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.
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