Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don't have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck.
Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months — a period when donations to agencies tend to dip.
The Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry in downtown Tulsa, for example, fed a record 600-plus people Wednesday.
Decision Made On Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal Government
It’s been a long four plus years for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes - working under two governments, enduring separate court systems and dealing with divisive and competing decisions by local Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officials. Compounding these difficulties was the freezing of assets which adversely affected tribally owned casinos, payrolls and tribal programs that served the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.
A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor wants investigators looking into Oklahoma's recent flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states such as Ohio and Arizona.
Spokesman Alex Weintz said Friday that an investigation into Oklahoma's execution should consider what other states have done "both successfully and unsuccessfully."
The Oklahoma Supreme Court says Republican state Rep. Fred Jordan of Jenks is eligible to become Tulsa County's district attorney, even though a raise for prosecutors was approved during his term in the Legislature.
In a 5-1 ruling on Friday, the state's highest court ruled that a provision of the constitution did not apply to Jordan, since he wouldn't become district attorney until after his legislative term ends.
Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a longtime prosecutor to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board following the death of a board member earlier this month.
Fallin on Friday named Patricia High as one of the governor's three appointments to the five-member board. High will complete the remainder of the term of the late Currie Ballard, who died on July 11.
High was a prosecutor for nearly 20 years in the Oklahoma County district attorney's office where she served as a special prosecutor on death penalty cases and was chief of the child abuse and sexual assault division.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. truce in Gaza "a mischievous leak" and said he's confident a deal can be reached.
Referring to earlier reports by Israeli TV that a seven-day cease-fire had been unanimously rejected, Kerry, speaking at a news conference in Cairo, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had assured him that the report is "an error and inaccurate.
State Rep. and gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman wants to examine the quality of care for veterans in Oklahoma.
House Speaker Jeff Hickman approved the interim legislative study by the Rush Springs Democrat and three other bipartisan co-sponsors.
Dorman says state budget cuts and the potential loss of federal matching funds will be key to this fall's study. He plans to ask for testimony from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Teachers Retirement System held a board of trustees meeting on Wednesday and reported increased return on investments, implemented a new rule adding a new board members, and continued their search for a new executive director.
Updated July 26: Senator Coburn's office has cancelled the Bartlesville town hall meeting because of another community meeting scheduled earlier.
U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term.
The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and speaking with Oklahomans about issues that are important to them.
Coburn announced earlier this year that he would resign with two years remaining in his term. The Republican has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004.