News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The National Weather Service says a storm system could produce snow and ice in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Tuesday through Wednesday morning for parts of western Texas, much of Oklahoma and into northwestern Arkansas. The storm could also bring heavy rain to eastern Arkansas, where many rivers are just starting to fall following heavy rains.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents have scheduled a special meeting to discuss an undisclosed "personnel investigation." The meeting is to be Wednesday in Oklahoma City. The subject of the meeting was not disclosed, but OU said Feb. 13 that it had hired a law firm to investigate "allegations of serious misconduct." The Oklahoman newspaper, citing unnamed sources, has reported the investigation involved former OU President David Boren. The Associated Press was not able to confirm that.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would classify abortion as murder in Oklahoma law apparently will not be heard in the state Legislature. The bill by Republican state Sen. Joseph Silk was assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Committee Chairman Sen. Jason Smalley, a Republican, told The Oklahoman that he opposes abortion, but does not want the bill to go forward because he believes it is likely to be ruled unconstitutional.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The federal trial of a man on charges of planning to detonate a bomb outside an Oklahoma City bank is in recess because of Presidents Day. Prosecutors say Jerry Varnell planned to detonate a vehicle bomb Aug. 12, 2017, but the FBI learned of the plan and an undercover agent posing as someone who could help construct the device provided inert materials. Varnell has pleaded not guilty and defense attorneys say he was entrapped. The trial is to resume Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City.
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