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.
The Oklahoma Election Board says the number of registered voters in the state has fallen to just under 2 million.
Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax released the agency's annual voter registration statistics Wednesday. They show the state has 1,978,812 registered voters including 885,609 Democrats, 854,329 Republicans, 238,870 independents and four Americans Elect registrants.
The total is down slightly from just more than 2 million registered voters in the state in 2012.
The agreement will help the tribe protect and enhance sacred sites and resources of historical and cultural importance in the state of Arkansas. The Quapaw Tribe lived in Arkansas for hundreds of years prior to its statehood.
An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation that would ask voters to decide whether to fund storm shelters in public schools.
The measure was filed Wednesday by Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs, a Democratic candidate for governor. It is similar to an initiative petition Dorman helped spearhead that called for a statewide referendum on a $500 million bond issue to pay for storm shelters in schools.
R.J. Harris has dropped out as a Democratic candidate forOklahoma governor.
Harris made the announcement on his website Wednesday and says he's endorsing Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman in the race. Harris, who's previously run for office as a Republican and an independent candidate, says he's supporting Dorman because Dorman is "socially tolerant and fiscally conservative."
Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is running for her second term in office. She faces a GOP primary challenge from former state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who filed paperwork last month to run for governor.
A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. Kern's ruling was immediately stayed pending appeal, meaning gay marriages won't immediately happen in Oklahoma.
The gay couples had sued for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma.