Oklahoma Headlines 2012 – Year in Review, MAY

westbrook v san antonioWhen looking back through the 2012 headlines, for some reason May seemed like a “bummer” month. Usually, the good and icky news balance out, but this month seemed solemn.  Maybe you’ll have a different take?  Here we go…

(Photo: R. Westbrook reacts to the game situation in playoffs versus the San Antonio Spurs – Brett Deering, Getty Images)

  • State’s top court rules personhood bill unconstitutional.
  • Ponca City area hit with flooding, locals spent time and manpower searching for cattle swept away.
  • Chesapeake asks Aubrey McClendon to step down as chairman of the board; seeks independent chair to replace him.
  • An A-F grading system is approved for Oklahoma public schools.
  • Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure ordered to repay state $70K in adoption fraud money.
  • Miss Oklahoma, Betty Thomson’s, crown is stolen from her car.
  • David Tyner pleads guilty to killing six people in “Cathouse” case.
  • OKC Thunder sweeps Dallas Mavericks to win the first step in the NBA playoff series.
  • The Cheyenne and Araphaho Tribes ask a federal judge to “un-freeze” 6.4 million dollars in assets from a bank in Clinton.
  • Barry Switzer celebrates a 40-year affiliation with the Special Olympics of Oklahoma.
  • Christopher Dunham is found guilty of neglect in the fire-related deaths of three children, left locked inside a mobile home.
  • Governor Fallin signs the open carry bill.
  • Conner Mason enters a guilty plea in “Bicycle Bob’s” death.
  • Post-game gun attach close to Thunder Alley stirs a debate about watch party events held in open, public places.
  • Legislative session ends with no deal on income tax cuts nor repairs for the Capitol.
  • Thunder wraps up month of May down 0 games to 2 in the third round of NBA playoffs against San Antonio.