Weather Aware conditions continue overnight due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m. for the northernmost portions of Texoma including Atoka, Coal, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc Counties Beware of flooded road-ways and never drive around barricades or into water more than six inches deep. High rainfall rates may reduce visibility and also increase the risk of hydroplaning. Turn around, don’t drown! Rain ends NW to SE during the day Thursday.
(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The Oklahoma Coalition Against Cockfighting has asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and county sheriffs to shut down cockfights scheduled for this weekend. The coalition has identified scheduled fights in several locations, including Kellyville and Muldrow.
The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the ban on cockfighting was constitutional, over arguments from game fowl breeders and pit owners that it robbed them of their livelihood without compensation. Louisiana and New Mexico are the only states where the sport is legal.
The ruling reversed injunctions issued by county judges that blocked enforcement of the ban in more than 25 rural counties, mostly in eastern Oklahoma. The ban makes it a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a 25-thousand dollar fine to hold cockfights, to keep equipment or facilities for cockfighting or to possess the birds.
Already, charges have been filed in Oklahoma County. District Attorney Wes Lane
filed cockfighting-related charges against three Oklahoma City residents. But locally, law enforcement and district attorneys say they’re waiting on clarification from the state before enforcing the ban.