News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CST
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is recommending sentences be commuted for nine more prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses that would mostly be misdemeanors today. The five-member panel voted Wednesday to forward the recommendations to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to take action on the recommendations before her term ends next month.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will soon consider food safety rules on marijuana edibles, which advocates say should help bring clarity to the cannabis-infused food market. The Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma Board of Health voted Tuesday to send the rules to Fallin for approval. An Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority official says the rules follow similar guidelines for foods that don't have THC, which is the compound in marijuana that causes a high.
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - Oscar-winning movie director Ron Howard says he feels connected to the Oklahoma town where he was born but never lived, after visiting the now-shuttered hospital of his birth. Howard this week posted a photo of himself on Instagram posing outside the boarded-up building in Duncan, 75 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. Howard says his family lived in Biloxi, Mississippi, but that his mother wanted to give birth in Duncan, her hometown.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A jury has rejected a mental incompetence claim from a man accused of shooting then decapitating his grandmother and her husband at an in-home day care in Oklahoma City. The criminal case against 23-year-old Quinton Laster has been on hold for more than two years because of questions over his mental state, but the jury's decision Tuesday will allow the case to move forward.
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