Oklahoma confirms first 2019 measles case, in Okmulgee County

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) - Health officials in Oklahoma says the state has its first confirmed case of measles in the past 12 months. The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the case was confirmed in Okmulgee County. The department says the person who fell ill had returned to Oklahoma after traveling both domestically and internationally. Oklahoma last had a confirmed case of measles in May 2018.

Oklahoma judge rejects dismissal requests in opioid lawsuit

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A judge has ruled that Oklahoma's multibillion dollar lawsuit against opioid producers will proceed. Pharmaceutical companies had argued that the state tried to misuse public nuisance laws. The Oklahoman reports that Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman on Monday rejected that claim. Trial is scheduled to start May 28.

Hungry? Flavorful ribeye declared official steak of Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Beef lovers need not fret about what to eat in Oklahoma where cattle outnumber people. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday signed into law a bill making the ribeye the official steak of Oklahoma. The measure takes effect Nov. 1. Rancher and state Sen. Casey Murdock of Felt, who sponsored the bill , says the cattle industry is a huge part of Oklahoma's identity.

Oklahoma alcohol regulators use drone in moonshine bust

EAGLETOWN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma alcohol regulators used modern technology in a recent investigation of an old-school illicit job: moonshining. The Oklahoman reports agents with Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission and the McCurtain County sheriff's deputies busted a moonshine operation in Eagletown. Authorities say a man turned himself in Monday on a felony charge of operating a whiskey still without a distiller's license.

Oklahoma governor signs bill against plastic bag fees, bans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags.Stitt signed the bill into law Tuesday after it received final passage in the Oklahoma Legislature earlier this month. The measure also applies to cups, packages, containers and bottles made of cloth, paper, plastic and glass.

Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidates civil justice damages cap

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has struck down a state law that caps damages for pain and suffering in personal injury lawsuits.The state's highest court ruled Tuesday a civil justice statute limiting non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits to $350,000 is an unconstitutional special law that treats people who survive injuries differently than those who don't.

Weather observation network seeks new volunteers in Oklahoma

A grassroots weather observation network needs more volunteers to measure precipitation in an effort it says could benefit farmers and emergency management officials.Tulsa World reports that the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network is looking to build on its tally of 18 volunteers in Oklahoma.Network volunteer Charles Kuster says more people are needed to take daily measurements to fill data gaps in parts of the state.

Oklahoma farmers fear effects of government shutdown

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Agriculture experts fear the ongoing government shutdown could soon have a negative impact on Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.The Tulsa World reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering limited statistical services during the shutdown. Farmers and ranchers use those services to make planning and marketing decisions.