LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A Lawton man accused of killing a man outside a bar has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder. A judge ruled yesterday there's 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 19th.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Formal sentencing is scheduled today for the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on blackmail and computer crimes convictions. Al Gerhart was convicted in May after sending an email to state Senator Cliff Branan, who testified that he felt threatened by the tone of the email. Jurors that convicted Gerhart recommended that he not serve any prison time and that he pay a $1,000 fine.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is opening up its fall lecture series with a discussion about mental health and the justice system. The discussion will take place August 26th at the Oklahoma History Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new national study shows nearly 1 in 4 children in Oklahoma live in poverty and the number of children living in high-poverty areas has more than doubled since 2000. The Kids Count report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Oklahoma 39th in 16 indicators across four areas, including economic well-being and education. Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy president Terry Smith says the data show the state is not doing well in helping its children.
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