Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is recovering in a Tulsa hospital after undergoing an emergency quadruple bypass last week.
The Republican senator, who turns 79 next month, says doctors discovered the massive blockage in his arteries during a routine medical screening. He flew home to Tulsa and underwent the emergency heart surgery Friday at St. John Medical Center.
Another baby elephant is expected at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Officials say Asha, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, is expecting her second baby calf. The zoo used ultrasound images and blood hormone analysis to confirm the happy news, and the zoo estimates that Asha is about 7 months pregnant.
But the baby isn't coming anytime soon. The average gestation for elephants is 22 months, so the big bundle of joy is due sometime around December 2014.
Camille Landry is a writer, activist, and social justice advocate who lives in Oklahoma City. This post is part of our "Neglected Oklahoma " series, which tells the stories of Oklahomans in situations where the basic necessities of life are hard to come by.
Gov. Mary Fallin will wait until after the 2014 election to lead a petition drive to let voters decide whether to enact stricter smoking bans in their cities.
The Tulsa World reports Fallin, who is up for re-election, will wait until after next year's elections to lead the effort. A spokesman for Fallin says waiting gives the measure a better chance for success.
M-Block cube robots rest on a work table in the Distributed Robotics Lab in CSAIL at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. The robots are 50mm cubes that can reconfigure themselves into various arrangements using self-propulsion and magnets.
Danni Legg transferred her two kids to Kelley Elementary this past August. She moved them from Plaza Towers Elementary, after the tornado in May destroyed the school, causing the death of her middle child, Christopher, along with six other students. Legg says returning to Moore after the tragedy was something she did for her children.
"I wanted my children to understand the town didn't kill their brother," Legg said. "A tornado and the lack of good construction in the building is what killed their brother."