OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs suggests the agency lacks the supervision and oversight of the state's veterans centers necessary to ensure the well-being of the residents at the facilities.
State Auditor Gary Jones released the 59-page audit Wednesday. It was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin in August after the scalding death of a veteran at a facility in Claremore and other abuse allegations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma has received a $64.8 million payment as part of the state's 1998 settlement agreement with major tobacco companies, pushing the total amount received to more than $1 billion.
Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller announced the milestone Wednesday and says an additional payment is expected later this week.
State law requires most of the payment to go to the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund created in 2000 to pay for programs to improve the health of Oklahomans and to fund cancer and addiction research.
President Obama makes a statement on gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and family members of Newtown, Conn., shooting victims look on at the White House Rose Garden.
Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 5:36 pm
A bipartisan compromise that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases has been rejected by the Senate.
The defeat of the measure by a 54-46 vote — six votes shy of the number needed to clear the Senate — marks a major setback for gun-control advocates, many of whom had hoped that Congress would act to curb gun violence in the wake of December's Newtown elementary school massacre, where 20 students and six adults were killed.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Atiba Williams began playing the steelpan before most people his age were potty trained. By age 4 he was playing the national anthem at major festivals and by age 5 he was composing his own original pieces.
Oklahoma Contemporary displays Bryan Adams’ “Exposed” exhibit through May 17. Adams may be best known for “Summer of ‘69” or “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” but over the past 12 years, he has also worked as a photographer.
Twenty years ago, a degree in Native American Art and Art History was non-existent. Even today, only a few universities offer Native Art programs, but at the University of Oklahoma Mary Jo Watson is responsible for launching a groundbreaking art program with an emphasis on the indigenous perspective.
Forecasters say Oklahoma is at a moderate risk for severe weather as a storm system moves through the state.
The term "moderate" as used by the National Weather Service means the area is likely to see some severe storms. Forecasters say the scattered to numerous thunderstorms expected between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday in Oklahoma.
Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:52 pm
Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister whose time leading Great Britain in the 1980s brought joy to conservatives and despair to liberals, was remembered Wednesday for "a life lived in the heat of political controversy."
With her death last week at the age of 87, "there is great calm" for the Iron Lady, added the bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, during a funeral service at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.