OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration due to the late February snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow and brought heavy winds across much of northwestern Oklahoma.
If the request is granted, federal funding would become available to cities, counties and rural electric cooperatives for repairs and other costs associated with their response to the storm.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved changes to its system of reviewing and changing state academic standards.
The proposal deletes the standards for history, math and other subjects from the department's list of its rules of operation that must be approved by the Legislature. The board says the removal doesn't mean the standards have been thrown out _ but that it will mean legislative approval won't be needed for every adjustment to the academic requirements.
Suzette Grillot's interview with Jason Houston via Skype from Arezzo, Italy.
The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics are celebrating Holy Week, and Pope Francis is preparing for his first Good Friday and Easter Mass as pontiff. It’s been exactly a month since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from the office of the papacy, which has given observers time to reflect on the historic transfer of power.
“This will stand out as a moment that Church historians will talk about for the next 600 years,” said University of Oklahoma Italian language and literature professor Jason Houston. He says if Benedict set a precedent for resignation that future pontiffs would follow, “he has changed the papacy in a way that no one has since probably the 11th Century. [But] I don't think that's going to happen.”
For victims, life after a sexual assault is often filled with shame, fear and frustrating legal battles. For perpetrators, life after conviction is complicated, especially after they finish serving time in prison. According to Oklahoma’s Sex Offenders Registration Act, those convicted of a sexual felony cannot live within a 2,000-foot radius of a school. And, as straightforward as that sounds, it might be significantly easier said than done.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is demanding Gov. Mary Fallin's office provide access to records surrounding her decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma or face legal action.
The ACLU in Oklahoma has requested the information on behalf of its client, The Lost Ogle, a local news and entertainment website.
A growth in demand and decline in supply has made water the most valuable resource in Norman and perhaps even in the state. Legislators, city officials and scientists are working to create comprehensive plans to create water sustainability. Lake Thunderbird is a major water source for Norman and surrounding cities. Officials say if they don’t find a solution soon, water may become a scarce resource.