News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The latest campaign finance reports show Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn is continuing to outpace her Republican challengers in fundraising for a seat the GOP is targeting for 2020. Horn is the lone Democrat in Oklahoma's congressional delegation. Horn's closest competitors were Oklahoma City businesswoman Terry Neese, who reported raising $531,000, and state Sen. Stephanie Bice, who reported raising $181,000.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has described consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson as the "kingpin" company that helped fuel the state's opioid crisis during closing arguments in the state's case against the drugmaker. Closing arguments were delivered Monday before Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman, who is expected to issue his ruling at a later date. Oklahoma's is the first state case against opioid drugmakers to proceed to trial.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma woman who has served more jail time for failing to protect her children than the man who hurt them and her is a step closer to having her sentenced reviewed. The Oklahoman reports the state Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to advance Tondalao Hall's case to a second stage of consideration. Hall has served 15 years of her sentence over abuse by her former boyfriend. He served just two years in jail and was released. Hall has asked to have her 30-year sentence modified.
FORT SUPPLY, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Texas teenager has drowned in a northwestern Oklahoma lake. The patrol says the body of 18-year-old Mario Sebastian-Mejia of Dalhart, Texas, was recovered Sunday from Fort Supply Lake near Fort Supply, about 138 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. Troopers say Sebastian-Mejia was wading outside the Woodward County lake's swimming area when he fell off a jetty wall, went underwater and never resurfaced.
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