Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 5:45 pm
In a press conference that lasted more than an hour, President Obama said he was willing to talk about anything, as long as Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even if its for a short period of time.
"Let's stop the excuses. Let's take a vote in the House. Let's end this shutdown, right now; let's put people back to work" Obama said.
Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is recovering in a Tulsa hospital after undergoing an emergency quadruple bypass last week.
The Republican senator, who turns 79 next month, says doctors discovered the massive blockage in his arteries during a routine medical screening. He flew home to Tulsa and underwent the emergency heart surgery Friday at St. John Medical Center.
Another baby elephant is expected at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Officials say Asha, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, is expecting her second baby calf. The zoo used ultrasound images and blood hormone analysis to confirm the happy news, and the zoo estimates that Asha is about 7 months pregnant.
But the baby isn't coming anytime soon. The average gestation for elephants is 22 months, so the big bundle of joy is due sometime around December 2014.
Camille Landry is a writer, activist, and social justice advocate who lives in Oklahoma City. This post is part of our "Neglected Oklahoma " series, which tells the stories of Oklahomans in situations where the basic necessities of life are hard to come by.