Divorce and the effect it has on state government spending in Oklahoma, including welfare programs, is not something that can be improved with new policies or programs. That's according to Marriage and Religion Research Institute Director Patrick Fagan and Jim Struby, director of Adult and Family Services at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Both spoke during a Human Services hearing on Thursday at the State Capitol.
Despite numerous concerns and complaints from legislators, the head of the organization that governs high school sports in Oklahoma says there is no need for the Legislature to impose statutory restrictions on the group.
This week's OneSix8 gives you an opportunity to raise money for a good cause while playing with pups, having a giant slumber party or enjoying some barbeque.
Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Heftner hosts the 10th annual Pirate Puggerfest from 10:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m. October 5th. Admission is $5 for adults and kids are free. Guests are encouraged to bring their own pugs because all proceeds of the event go to the Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma.
Federally run campsites, parks and pavilions at dozens of Oklahoma lakes controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have closed because of the federal government shutdown. But that’s not keeping people away from lakes like Texoma, Eufaula, and Tenkiller, it’s just funneling them into state parks instead.
In February 2002, Reggie Whitten lost his 25-year-old son Brandon in a motorcycle accident after his son became addicted to prescription medication. For months, Whitten felt lost, and said he had no reason to live.
He joined friends on a trip to Africa, in a part of Northern Uganda then-dominated by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army he built with kidnapped children.
If the partial shutdown of the federal government continues for weeks, it could lead to cutbacks in the federally funded program that helps low-income women, infants and children in Oklahoma, officials said Wednesday.
One possible result could be limiting the aid provided under the federal Women, Infants and Children program to only one or two of those groups, such as infants.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is dropping her request to extradite the biological father of a Cherokee girl who was at the center of a bitter custody dispute. He could still face a charge of custodial interference.
Dusten Brown had been scheduled to appear Thursday in an Oklahoma county court to face extradition to South Carolina. Brown was charged in August with custodial interference for failing to hand over 4-year-old Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island, S.C.