Oklahoma governor taps longtime foundation head as OU regent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed the longtime head of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as the newest member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Stitt announced Monday that he has chosen Michael A. Cawley for the seven-member board. He replaces former OU Regent Renzi Stone, who abruptly resigned from the board in October.

Cawley is an attorney and director of an independent oil and gas company who served for 20 years as the head of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. His appointment requires confirmation by the Oklahoma Senate.

Cawley is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and its law school who serves on several boards, including the Merrick Foundation, the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, the Dean A. McGee Institute Foundation, the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

The OU Board of Regents is the official governing body of the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University.

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Tulsa authorities say prison-gang dispute led to killing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County authorities say a dispute involving two associates of a white-supremacist prison gang led to the death of one man and the other being held on a murder complaint.

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Roebuck says her office is recommending first-degree murder charges against 31-year-old Cody Lee Fulmer. She says those recommended charges were upgraded after the victim, 23-year-old Jared Langworthy, died as a result of his wounds.

Roebuck says the case remains under investigation, and court records show formal charges had not been filed by early Monday afternoon.

Roebuck says both men were affiliated with the notorious prison gang the United Aryan Brotherhood, and that Langworthy "got sideways" with the gang.

Deputies were first called to an area north of Tulsa Thursday night to a report of an assault but were unable to locate a victim or a suspect. Roebuck says deputies canvassing the scene interviewed Fulmer, but at the time were not aware a crime had been committed.

On Friday, authorities were called to a home in the area where Langworthy was found and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Roebuck says Langworthy died on Saturday.

Roebuck says Fulmer was interviewed by detectives and confessed to assaulting Langworthy.

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Oklahoma Democrats welcome independents to vote in primaries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma election officials say registered independents will be able to continue voting in Democratic primaries during the next election cycle.

Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Monday he'd been notified by the Oklahoma Democratic Party that it will continue to allow independents to vote in its primaries in 2020 and 2021.

Ziriax said both the Republican and Libertarian parties have notified his office that their primaries will remain closed to independent voters.

Oklahoma law allows recognized political parties to open their primaries to registered independents by notifying the Election Board secretary ahead of the election year.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party opened its primaries to independents beginning with the 2016 election year. Party leaders at the time said they hoped the move would help Democratic candidates appeal to more voters.

The change means independents could help decide which Democratic candidate wins the state's "Super Tuesday" presidential primary election on March 3.