The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center says a winter storm with a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow has moved into Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reporting slick roadways in much of the state. Slick and hazardous roads are reported generally north and west of Interstate 44 on Wednesday, which runs from southwestern to northeastern Oklahoma.
The head of the Oklahoma's Department of Corrections says staff shortages and inmate overcrowding are jeopardizing the safety of prison workers and that many of them are leaving because of employee burnout.
DOC Executive Director Robert Patton told a Senate committee Wednesday that despite a pay increase for prison workers approved last year, the agency is struggling to retain workers. He says the agency needs to hire more than 850 prison guards to be fully staffed.
The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could end Obamacare subsidies for policyholders in a majority of states, including Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. If the court sides with the plaintiffs, it would mean millions of people could no longer afford health insurance.
Oklahoma voters would decide whether to call a state constitutional convention under a resolution adopted by the Oklahoma House.
House members voted 83-8 for the resolution Wednesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.
The measure by Republican Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City says the Oklahoma Constitution requires that voters decide at least every 20 years whether a constitutional convention should be held to consider any changes. The proposal says the last resolution on a constitutional convention was submitted to a vote of the people in March 1970.