Ribbon Cutting Ceremony In Stilwell
5:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Cherokee Nation To Open New Child Care Center

Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is scheduled to cut the ribbon on a new $4.2 million child development center in Stilwell.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday for the 19,000-square-foot child care center. The center will quadruple the size of an old center that was built in 1969. The new center features eight classrooms, four playgrounds, a culturally inspired reading circle area and a bell tower atop the building.

Read more
Drought
1:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Drought Prompts Disaster Declarations In 11 States

Credit OakleyOriginals / Flickr Creative Commons

Federal officials have designated portions of Oklahoma and 10 other western and central states as primary natural disaster areas because of a drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's announcement Wednesday also includes counties in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and California.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement that he sympathizes with farmers and ranchers who are dealing with the lack of rain and snow, and assured them that the USDA will stand by them.

Read more
Health
12:18 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Oklahoma Health Department Says 12 Have Died From Flu

Credit NHSE / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Department of Health says influenza has claimed 12 lives and forced the hospitalization of 399 people since the ongoing flu season began.

Read more
The Two-Way
11:05 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Weekly Jobless Claims Hold Steady At Pre-Recession Level

The scene at a job fair in Marietta, Ga., last November.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 9:28 am

There were 326,000 first-time claims for jobless benefits filed last week, the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday.

While down only 2,000 from the previous week, claims did hold steady around the level where they were typically running before December 2007, when the economy slipped into its latest recession.

Read more
Corrections
9:13 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Oklahoma State Reformatory Inmate Dies In Custody

Credit mikecogh / Flickr Creative Commons

State corrections officials say an inmate has died at the Oklahoma State Reformatory.

Officials say the inmate was found Wednesday morning in his cell with blood surrounding him. Officials say the inmate had a faint pulse but responders were unable to revive him. The inmate was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later.

Read more
The Two-Way
8:03 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity'

Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.
Hopper Stone, SMPSP

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 10:22 am

Let the arguments begin over who and which film should have been nominated but weren't.

This year's nominees for Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were just announced and they include:

Best Picture

-- American Hustle

-- Captain Phillips

-- Dallas Buyers Club

-- Gravity

-- Her

-- Nebraska

-- Philomena

-- 12 Years a Slave

Read more
The Two-Way
7:52 am
Thu January 16, 2014

34 Officers At Nuclear Site May Have Cheated On Exams

An intercontinental ballistic missile in its silo at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
Airman John Parie U.S. Air Force

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 9:35 am

Already reeling from reports about alleged drug use by some officers in its nuclear missile corps and the alleged "drunken and inappropriate behavior" of that command's top general, the Air Force now has another scandal on its hands.

Read more
StateImpact Oklahoma
7:51 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Pressure On Arkansas Polluters Behind Recent Illinois River Water Quality Gains

Ed Brocksmith, co-founder of the advocacy group Save the Illinois River, says clearer water doesn't mean the poultry industry should be off the hook.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Former State Attorney General Drew Edmondson filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry in 2005.

His claim: Chicken waste was polluting the Illinois River with phosphorous. Arguments ended in 2009. Since then: nothing. The judge still hasn’t ruled.

Read more
6:55 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

2013 Warmer, Wetter Than Average For The Contiguous US

Lead in text: 
Tornadoes killed 54 people in 2013, even though the number of twisters was below average. The National Climatic Data Center has its year-end report on weather across the nation and the globe.
The State of the Climate is a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale.
Sell State-Owned Facilities To Municipalities
6:20 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Possible New Solution For Oklahoma's Most Severly Disabled

Credit mikecogh / Flickr.com

A state senator from Enid is proposing to sell state-owned facilities in Pauls Valley and Enid where some of the state's most severely disabled residents are cared for in an effort to stop a plan to shutter the two campuses.

Sen. Patrick Anderson said Wednesday his bill proposes the two campuses be offered for sale to the municipalities where they are located. Anderson said his hope is that the municipality could lease the facility to a private contractor who could then operate it for the current residents.

Read more

Pages