Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has issued a public reprimand of former House Speaker Lance Cargill for ``multiple violations'' of ethics rules.

The Republican's State House Committee and Oklahoma County Republican Committee also drew a reprimand.

The case revolves around rerouting campaign funds donated to the state party to the county party.

Cargill resigned as speaker in January after revelations about late property tax filings, not filing state income tax returns and the ethics probe.

Wichita Falls, TX – Texas Democratic Congressman Chet Edwards may not have gotten the vice-presidential nomination, but he got his turn in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention last night in Denver.

Senate colleague Joe Biden of Delaware emerged as Barack Obama's choice.

Edwards told the convention that Obama will make better health care and benefits for veterans a higher priority, quote, ``than tax cuts for Exxon Mobil and the wealthiest Americans.''

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor Brad Henry was ready to give a glowing description of Oklahoma while delivering the state's votes at the Democratic convention in Denver.

But he never got the chance.

The roll call vote ended last night when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped the voting to ask the delegates to nominate Senator Barack Obama for president by acclamation.

Clinton cut off the delegate count when it got to her state, New York.

Marietta, OK – A Love County District Court judge has formally sentenced two men who earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection with the operation of an illegal horse racing track in southern Oklahoma.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson says 44-year-old Arturo Cavazos and 42-year-old Juan Antonio Lopez each received a five-year deferred sentence yesterday.

Each man will also have to pay a $65,000 assessment. The assessment will be distributed equally between the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the attorney general's office.

Clinton, OK – Lyle Miller, a farmer-rancher from Clinton, has filed for a manual recount in three counties after his Republican primary runoff loss to radio station owner Harold Wright in a state House race.

Unofficial final results showed Miller losing to Wright by eight votes out of about 1,800 cast in the district that includes parts of Blaine, Canadian and Custer counties.

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma education officials say schools may see a $78 million increase in operational costs in the 2008-2009 school year, partly because of spiraling fuel prices.

Members of the Oklahoma State Board of Education were told during their monthly meeting Thursday that operational costs for the previous year exceeded $264.5 million, including $119 million in energy expenditures, $117 million in food costs and $27 million in fuel costs.

Washington, D.C. – Drunken-driving deaths fell in 32 states in 2007 but Oklahoma is one of the 18 states where the number of deaths increased.

A government report says nearly 13,000 people were killed in crashes in which the driver had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.

Overall, alcohol deaths were down nearly 4 percent compared with 2006 when nearly 13,500 people died on the highway.

Austin, TX – Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she hasn't been asked to become Republican John McCain's running mate, despite some speculation that the Texas congresswoman is in the running.

Hutchison told a gathering of the Texas Association of Counties on Thursday that she doesn't have plans to be in Ohio, where McCain is expected to announce his vice presidential pick Friday.

Hutchison later confirmed to reporters that she has not been asked, and said she understands that McCain has made his decision.

Lawton, OK – Harold Wright of Weatherford defeated Lyle Miller of Clinton by eight votes for the Republican Party nomination in November for Oklahoma State House District 57. Wright will go on to face Democrat Perry Adams in the fall.

In other local initiatives:

Oklahoma City, OK – The head of the nation's largest elder advocacy group says the presumptive presidential candidates must work with members of both major parties to find solutions to the problems facing elderly Americans.

Thomas Nelson, the chief operating officer of AARP, says those problems are primarily health care and long-term financial security.

Nelson visited the state Capitol yesterday in conjunction with AARP Oklahoma's observation of the organization's founding 50 years ago.


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