TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A public school district in Oklahoma has removed a monument at an elementary school that was dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Tulsa Public Schools says the nearly century-old monument was removed on Tuesday. The monument's removal comes less than week after the district's board rescinded the official name of the school, which was Robert E. Lee Elementary School. The school board has yet to officially rename the school.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A legislative budget leader says Oklahoma lawmakers could be willing to approve a bond package to build new prisons if needed. Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh told lawmakers at a Senate Appropriations and Budget Committee hearing Tuesday that he hasn't seen much of an interest in the House or Senate to adopt a bond measure, which could total more than $800 million. But Committee Chair Kim David that there's an interest "if the need is there."
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma man is facing a murder charge six years after authorities say he killed his father to collect a life insurance policy. Stephens County court records indicate 37-year-old James Kyle Brooks of Blanchard was charged with first-degree murder Friday. He's accused in the August 2012 death of 52-year-old Timothy James Brooks. Investigators say the son called police to report a suicide. Police found the father with a gunshot wound in the abdomen and a shotgun between his legs.
CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) - An investigation and search warrant continues in east-central Oklahoma after deputies found about $250,000 in stolen property while raiding a burglary stash house. The Shawnee News-Star reports that some of the stolen items discovered by Lincoln County deputies included several Purple Hearts, military items, a coffin, TVs and guitars. The search for a suspicious vehicle led to the search warrant that was served early Sunday at the home near Prague.
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