The seven-member board planned to interview potential candidates Wednesday during a special meeting at DOC headquarters. The board also is planning additional interviews Thursday before its regular meeting.
Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 2:47 pm
Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.
"This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequaled source of knowledge about our language and culture," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a news release. The Chickasaw Nation has about 55,000 members and is based in the southern part of central Oklahoma.
Students at Oklahoma State University have designed two drones capable of punching through violent storms and aiding authorities with search and rescue efforts.
The first drone — also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle — was designed to intercept and measure key weather data in severe thunderstorms. Called MARIA, the aircraft can be deployed rapidly and flown into the lower parts of developing storm cells to improve understanding of the systems.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will ask lawmakers to consider a number of changes to its statutes during the upcoming legislative session, commission members were told Tuesday.
Among those changes, John Miley, OESC general counsel, told the commissioners will be an amendment that allows victims of domestic violence who have been forced to leave their jobs and apply for unemployment benefits to provide evidence, particularly testimony, rather than documentation in appeals before hearing officers.
Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency to deal with a dwindling supply of propane in Oklahoma.
The order issued on Tuesday waives certain licensing requirements and other restrictions for those transporting propane in the state.
The brutally cold polar air that has descended across the United States has led to a spike in demand for propane, which an estimated 400,000 residents use to heat their homes, especially in rural areas.
Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 9:58 am
The deaths of at least 21 people are now being blamed on the winter storms and severe cold weather that have gripped much of the nation since late last week, The Associated Press reported early Wednesday.
At least half have been attributed to weather-related traffic accidents. The wire service adds that:
A state legislator from eastern Oklahoma is seeking to widen a ban on synthetic drugs by adding language from a law in neighboring Arkansas.
Sallisaw Republican Rep. John Bennett said in a press release Tuesday he introduced the bill after joining a local sheriff from his district in a joint law enforcement operation with officers from Arkansas.
Bennett says people from Arkansas were buying the drugs in Oklahoma and bringing them back home. His bill would broaden the range of banned synthetic drugs, which state drug agents say continue to be a major problem in Oklahoma.