McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race, Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos

This post was updated at 4:25 p.m. In a shocking move Thursday afternoon, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pulled out of the race for speaker of the House, throwing the GOP leadership race into chaos and confusion.According to Republican congressmen coming out of the caucus meeting — where lawmakers were expected to pick a successor to retiring House Speaker John Boehner — McCarthy told Republicans he didn't have a path to victory.Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., said the meeting...
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Fencing surrounds the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol in preparation for removal of the marker.
Dale Denwalt / The Journal Record

Late Monday night workers removed the Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the state Capitol, satisfying a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

In June, the state’s highest civil court decided the privately funded display on the north side of the building violates a section of the Oklahoma Constitution prohibiting the use of state property to endorse a specific religion.

Jim Thorpe at New York's Polo Grounds in 1913.
Bain News Service / Library of Congress

On the first day of its fall term, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Sac and Fox Nation and Jim Thorpe’s sons to move the athlete’s remains back to Oklahoma.

On Monday, the high court left a ruling in place that ordered Thorpe’s body to remain in the Pennsylvania town named after the Olympic gold medalist. His two surviving sons and the tribe had wanted to move Thorpe back to Native American land in Oklahoma.

The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets take on the Phoenix Suns on April 6, 2007 during the team's second and final season in Oklahoma City.
David Holt

If you follow state Sen. David Holt on Twitter, you may have noticed a recurring hashtag over the past month or two. #10YearsBigLeagueCity. He was marking the anniversary, and the decade that’s passed, since Oklahoma City got its first taste of professional basketball.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby during his 2015 State of the Chickasaw Nation address in Tishomingo on October 3.
Provided / Chickasaw Nation

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby says the tribe's assets increased by more than $200 million dollars this fiscal year. Anoatubby delivered his annual State of the Chickasaw Nation address Saturday in Tishomingo, where he highlighted new health care facilities, programs, and services for Chickasaw citizens.

“We had more than 800,000 patient visits to the health system in the last year,” Anoatubby said. “Nearly 1.2 million prescriptions were filled.”

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But, being the curious type, you have questions. You might ask, "What are they going to spend my money on – beer and pizza? Office chairs with built-in massage? Solid gold paper clips? Limousines driving reporters to news stories?"

University of Oklahoma President David Boren, shown here during a 2015 press conference, is calling for a statewide penny sales tax for education.
Ben Fenwick / Oklahoma Watch

A proposed penny sales tax increase would cost medium-income Oklahomans about $262 a year and raise $608 million annually to finance public schools and higher education, a new data analysis shows.

The bottom 20 percent of Oklahoman households would chip in $90 a year, and the top 1 percent would pay $1,691, the study says.

Penny Education Tax In Other States

Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís

Pamela Yates’ and Paco de Onís’ introduction to filmmaking wasn’t typical.

Yates grew up in a small Irish-American community in the Appalachian Mountains, far from South America where most of her current film work takes place. During her childhood, stories were the common currency. That love of storytelling, and her exposure to economic disparity, inspired her to combine those two passions to make a difference.

President Obama talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the 70th United Nations General Assembly Sept. 28, 2015.
Pete Souza / The White House

This week Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria after the country’s parliament approved the use of military force to combat Islamic State militants. The move comes just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama met at the UN General Assembly.

Undersheriff Rick Weigel, accompanied by administrative staff of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, gives a statement at a news conference October 1, 2015.
Matt Trotter / KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

Undersheriff Rick Weigel officially took the reins of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning.

The change in command was effective at 8:30 a.m. In an afternoon news conference, Weigel thanked the grand jury that indicted Sheriff Stanley Glanz for its service.

Weigel knows public confidence in the agency is low.

"We want to reassure the community that we see this current situation as an opportunity to redirect ourselves and redefine our objectives and priorities as to how we can best serve Tulsa County," Weigel said.

Former Chesapeake Energy employees leave the building with their belongings after the Sept. 29, 2015 buyouts.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It's been a rocky five days for Oklahoma's energy sector, with downsizing, buyouts, and even a possible de-listing from the New York Stock Exchange.