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Ex-Oklahoma Senator Sentenced For Bribery
UPDATE: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The former leader of the Oklahoma Senate has avoided prison after being convicted on a federal bribery charge. Former Senate President Pro-Tem Mike Morgan was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation and no fines. Morgan had faced up to 10 years in prison. Jurors convicted the Democrat of bribery during in March, but they acquitted him of related extortion and mail fraud counts and couldn't reach a verdict on other counts. The bribery charge accused Morgan of accepting $12,000 from an assisted living center and attempting to influence legislation that would've eased regulations on the nursing home industry in Oklahoma. Morgan, an attorney from Stillwater, insisted the money was for legal fees for work he did for the company. Prosecutors alleged he did no legal work.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The former leader of the Oklahoma Senate is scheduled to be sentenced on a federal bribery conviction. Sentencing is scheduled Tuesday for former Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan of Stillwater. Morgan faces up to 10 years in prison on the bribery conviction, but he has asked a judge for probation. A 12-member jury in March found Morgan guilty of bribery -- but acquitted him of related extortion and mail fraud counts and could not reach a verdict on other counts. The bribery charge said Morgan accepted $12,000 from an assisted living center and attempted to influence a bill to ease regulations on the nursing home industry. Morgan, an attorney, insisted the money was legal fees for work he did for the company. Prosecutors alleged he did no legal work.
Posted: Tuesday, January 8 2013, 10:18 PM CST
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President to visit Okla. following deadly tornado
May 26, 2013 09:04 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is due in Oklahoma for a visit following the killer tornado that struck Moore.
The president is expected in Moore Sunday afternoon.
The tornado that struck Monday left 24 dead and more than 300 injured. Officials estimate about 12,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.
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