OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The acting head of the Oklahoma State Department of Health says a $30 million cash infusion from the Legislature will help pay vendors and fund layoffs at the agency, but that more systemic changes are needed to permanently stabilize the agency after years of mismanagement. Acting Oklahoma Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) made the comments Monday during more than two hours of testimony before a House panel looking into the agency's budget problems.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The University of Oklahoma's student body president is chastising a Board of Regents member who compared gay people to pedophiles. Student government President J.D. Baker in an open letter called Kirk Humphreys' comments "outright disrespectful, out of line and ignorant." The president of the university's LGBTQ Alumni Society went a step further Monday, calling on Humphreys to resign. Humphreys has not responded to requests from The Associated Press for comment.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) - No injuries were reported when a construction vehicle equipped with a concrete extension boom overturned in Bartlesville. Police say a crane overturned shortly before noon Monday at a downtown intersection, slightly damaging a nearby building. Authorities say the driver of the crane had completed work on a construction job in the area when he tried to move the truck with the boom still extended. That caused the truck to tip over, causing severe damage to the vehicle.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Police have publicly identified a man who was killed by an Oklahoma City police officer during a scuffle as 28-year-old Kyle Anthony Mihecoby. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said Monday that Officer Bethany Sears fatally shot Mihecoby on Sunday as they fought over her gun. Police earlier said the officer shot Mihecoby after he knocked away her pepper spray and took her stun gun. Mathews says Sears was treated for non-life threatening injuries and is on paid leave pending an investigation.
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