OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman says an inmate's execution has been canceled following a stay order from the state Supreme Court. Clayton Lockett was scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1999 shooting death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman. The stay also canceled the scheduled April 29 execution of Charles Warner, who was convicted in the 1997 death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. The Supreme Court rejected a request to reconsider its ruling.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has granted an Oklahoma death-row inmate a one-week stay of execution, saying the Oklahoma Supreme Court overstepped its authority when it issued a separate stay of execution on Monday. Fallin issued an executive order on Tuesday delaying the execution of Clayton Lockett until April 29. Fallin claims the stay ordered by the state's high court is "outside the constitutional authority of that body."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the state's nearly 100-year-old Capitol. Supporters and opponents agree that the Capitol needs extensive repairs. But they disagree on how to pay for them.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A four-term Republican state representative from Guthrie is challenging House Speaker Jeff Hickman in the race to become the next speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Rep. Jason Murphey says he was the only candidate to challenge Hickman, a Republican from Fairview. The 72-member House Republican caucus will meet behind closed doors on May 5 to select the speaker-designate who will lead the caucus for the next two years.
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