Thousands of federal workers in Oklahoma were furloughed because of the budget stalemate in Washington, D.C., including those in charge of operating and maintaining dozens of campsites and parks run by the U.S. government.
The biological father of a Cherokee girl adopted by a South Carolina couple has dropped his custody claims.
Dusten Brown and a Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general said Thursday proceedings over 4-year-old Veronica have been dropped in the Oklahoma and Cherokee court systems. Brown and the attorney asked that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., drop a contempt complaint against Brown.
Singer Kris Kristofferson is scheduled to play a benefit concert in Tulsa to help a project to rebuild folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home.
The concert is Sunday night at the Mabee Center.
Organizers want to raise about $500,000 to rebuild Guthrie's home in Okemah. The rebuild of the property will use original planks of wood salvaged from the site decades ago.
Guthrie, best known for the song "This Land is Your Land," wrote hundreds of folk songs and ballads. His lyrics celebrated American workers, lamented the woes of the poor and advocated for civil rights.
Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:58 am
If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who the government owes money to — all the holders of U.S. Treasury debt, broken down by category and by how much government debt they hold.
The chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is retiring early next year.
Col. Kerry Pettingill says he'll step down Feb. 1, 2014, after serving three years as the agency's chief. Pettingill started off as a trooper with the highway patrol in 1982 and worked his way up to chief.
He is a native of Mangum.
Pettingill has also served as director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and as commander of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's bomb squad.
Oklahoma education officials are briefing legislators on the different tests used to measure student performance in Oklahoma and providing details of a massive computer glitch in April that affected thousands of test taking students in the state.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Sen. John Ford requested the joint House and Senate study to help bring individual members up to speed on what was happening with testing in the state.
Journalist Ryan Lizza says there's one far-reaching, controversial issue President Obama will soon get to decide all by himself, without having to ask Congress. He alone can approve or reject construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, designed to take heavy crude oil extracted from Alberta, Canada, through America's heartland to refineries on the Gulf Coast.