DURANT, Okla. (AP) - A hospital in Durant and its parent company have agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve claims alleging that an otolaryngologist billed the state's Medicaid program for unnecessary sinus surgeries. The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma and Health Management Associates will pay about $1 million to the federal government and $435,000 to SoonerCare. Federal prosecutors accused the hospital of health care fraud.
GRANT, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say three people were killed and another person was hurt in a two-car crash in southern Oklahoma. The Highway Patrol says the wreck happened last night in Choctaw County. A preliminary report says a car driven by Rodney Sutterfield of Antlers failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled out in front of another car. Sutterfield, 53-year-old J.W. Fleeks and 28-year-old Mildred Mitchell died in the crash.
ALTUS, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's state climatologist is scheduled to speak in Altus on how the ongoing drought is impacting the area. Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey will be at the Southwest Technology Center tomorrow. Only a small area of southeastern Oklahoma is not in drought conditions.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma death row inmate who has been trying to find out more about the drugs the state would use to kill him is facing execution unless a court intervenes. Clayton Lockett is scheduled to be executed tomorrow night at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He has filed court papers to learn more about the state's execution protocol, but hasn't challenged his sentence.
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