OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Democratic member of the U.S. Senate committee that conducted confirmation hearings for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says Oklahoma's former attorney general presented "inconsistent and contradictory statements" to the panel. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island made the comments in a letter Tuesday in connection with an ethics complaint against Pruitt being investigated by the Oklahoma Bar Association.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The death of an Oklahoma County jail inmate is no longer being considered a homicide after investigators reviewed new evidence in the case. Ricky Earl Windle died Feb. 5 as a result of complications from multiple blunt force trauma. Initially, Windle's death was deemed a homicide because he'd been assaulted by other inmates. But his manner of death is now considered unknown after authorities listened to recorded phone calls in which Windle described falling out of his jail bunk.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House Appropriations and Budget Committee chair has been removed a day after she and two other lawmakers publicly disagreed with the House speaker on cuts by the state Department of Human Services. A spokesman for Republican Speaker Charles McCall said Tuesday that McCall decided to replace Republican Leslie Osborn after a private conversation with Osborn. Osborn issued a statement saying she is "disheartened," but will continue to work to provide leadership and improve Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Denver-based Frontier Airlines has announced plans to add three nonstop flights to both Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and to Tulsa International Airport. The airline said Tuesday there will be nonstop flights to and from both cities to Denver, San Diego and Orlando, Florida. The announcements are part of a national announcement that Frontier is adding 21 cities and 85 new routes nationwide.
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