NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The University of Oklahoma is warning students that someone wearing blackface has been spotted walking on and around the campus in Norman. University officials notified students via text message Wednesday that campus police are investigating and that it is unknown whether the person is a student. The incident comes less than a week after two students withdrew from the university and apologized after a video surfaced in which one of the women wore black face paint and used a racial slur.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is seeking increased funding to treat prisoners with kidney viruses. The Journal Record reports the department estimates more than 3,000 of the state's inmates have hepatitis C. The department says inmates receive treatment for their symptoms under current funding levels, but that few are getting the direct antiviral medication they need. The antiviral medication treatment is expected to cost nearly $92 million.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court will not review the sentences of two Oklahoma inmates who argue that people of color are more likely to be sentenced to death in Oklahoma when the victim is white. The court on Monday declined without comment to review the separate cases of Julius Darius Jones and Tremane Wood. Jones was convicted of killing Paul Howell during a 1999 carjacking and Wood was convicted of killing Ronald Wimpf during a robbery.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Two Oklahoma residents died when their vehicle crossed the median on Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming and crashed head-on with a truck. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. Sunday west of Wamsutter while road conditions were slick with blowing snow. The patrol identified the two victims as 59-year-old Michael J. Bivens and 22-year-old Brandon M. Bivens, both of Tulsa.
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