The Senate and House’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committees heard Tuesday what the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has done and hopes to do to address staffing and related issues, particularly at it seven veterans centers.
“There is no easy answer here,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon said at the conclusion of the meeting.
ODVA staff testified that they have embarked on a plan to convert patient care staff from classified to unclassified positions, are working on ways to address salary and training issues.
Supporters of the oil and gas industry ‘blasted’ environmental regulations and a campaign against fossil fuels at an Oct. 17 energy policy conference in downtown Tulsa, the Tulsa World’s Susan Hylton reports.
Conference speakers included Bob Tippee, editor of the Oil & Gas Journal, who assailed President Barack Obama’s “extremist” environmentalist supporters, and William Yeatman, an energy policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who went after federal regional haze rules.
President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The Choctaw Nation is celebrating the reopening of one of the state's busiest tourist information centers on Friday.
The Choctaw Nation assumed operations of the facility in Colbert in July under a five-year contract with the state.
Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory Pyle says the tribe is excited to share the Choctaw heritage with visitors. He says it's an opportunity to educate thousands of people a day about Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation. The center will feature artwork by Choctaw artists and members of other Native American tribes.
Kathy Turner works with Take Shelter Oklahoma. The group wants to build safe rooms to protect students from tornadoes like the one that destroyed Briarwood and Plaza Towers Elementary Schools in Moore. Turner says her experience as a former school administrator showed her how important government funding can be.
A longtime educator, school administrator and former university dean is the latest candidate to announce plans to seek the state superintendent post currently held by first-term Republican Janet Barresi.
Democrat Freda Deskin formally launched her campaign on Monday with announcements in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She was joined by Oklahoma's former First Lady Kim Henry, who is chairing her campaign.
Deskin was a public school teacher and administrator for 15 years, taught at the University of Oklahoma and was a dean at Oklahoma City University.