Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse.
Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. The agency responds that any complaints are the result not of mistreatment, but of its stations being overwhelmed by the surge of minors.
Oklahoma is moving up the national ranks in wind-generated electricity. But as wind farms expand into northeastern Oklahoma, developers are facing a team of unlikely allies: oil interests and environmentalists.
Wind farm developers encounter opposition wherever projects are planned, but the debate in Oklahoma is perhaps most magnified in Osage County, where there’s a confluence of money, government and prairie politics.
The recent increase in earthquakes within the state has raised both awareness and the purchase of earthquake insurance, according to Kelly Collins, communications director with the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
According to Collins, in 2011 only 3 percent of most insurance companies’ customers had earthquake insurance.
That number has now tripled with an estimated 15 percent of customers holding such policies.
This conclusion came from a survey done by Collins of the top five homeowners insurance companies in the state who make up 70 percent of the industry.
The State Board of Education has again voted to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across Oklahoma.
The board voted 5-1 Wednesday to delay action on the plan designed to seek input from subject matter experts, parents and teachers. State Superintendent Janet Barresi was the lone dissenting vote and raised concerns that the education groups wanted to "hijack this process."
The University of Tulsa has been awarded nearly $920,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study methods to improve indoor air quality in tribal areas and reduce asthma triggers in schools.
The award to the school was announced by the agency Wednesday.
Air quality information from the Cherokee Nation of northeast Oklahoma, the Nez Perce Tribe Reservation and surrounding area of west central Idaho and the Navajo Nation in the Shiprock, New Mexico, region, will be used to study the health impacts of climate change and indoor air pollution on tribal communities.
An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Over the past week, Oklahoma has secured more than $37 million in federal funding for dam improvements across the state and for water system repairs in communities with aging pipes and treatment plants.
First, on July 18, the federal government announced a national dam assessment and repair program made possible by an “almost 21 fold” increase in funding for watershed rehabilitation under the 2014 Farm Bill. $26.4 million will go to Oklahoma.