OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Republican state senator who was being investigated for possible ethics violations for not reporting campaign contributions has resigned from the Oklahoma Senate. State Sen. Kyle Loveless submitted a two-sentence letter of resignation on Thursday, citing "mistakes" that he had made. A telephone message left with Loveless was not immediately returned. Loveless was elected in 2012 to his District 45 seat that includes parts of southern Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Canadian Counties.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life prison sentence of a Tulsa woman in the beating death of a man in Tulsa, however the court overturned the woman's kidnapping conviction in the case. Thursday's ruling Thursday rejected appeals by Angel Marie Proctor on the murder charge, but said Proctor was improperly convicted of both murder while committing a kidnapping and of kidnapping in the 2013 death of Quinton Shaver.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City-based charity Feed the Children has named chief operating officer Travis Arnold as its new president and CEO. The charity announced Wednesday that Travis Arnold has been promoted after serving as interim president since November. The Oklahoman reports that Arnold has worked for Feed the Children for 16 years and also served as interim president during previous leadership changes.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's new attorney general says the state is moving forward with new protocols for executing death row inmates, despite a recommendation from a bipartisan study group that a death penalty moratorium remain in place. Mike Hunter said Wednesday while he respects the work of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission, he "respectfully disagrees" with the panel's findings. The commission suggested a moratorium be extended while "systemic flaws" in the death penalty are addressed
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