Registered Democrats still outnumber Republicans in Oklahoma, but the latest statistics show the GOP continues to close the gap.
Figures through June 30 and released Thursday by the Oklahoma Election Board show that 44.3 percent of the state's nearly 2 million registered voters were Democrats, compared to 43.4 percent Republicans. Independents make up about 12.3 percent of the electorate.
The total number of registered voters in Oklahoma increased by more than 15,000 since January, and now stands at 1,994,365.
Friday marks 238 years since the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. Grab the lawn chairs, watermelon, Kool-Aid and blankets because central Oklahoma celebrates the Fourth of July with festivals and fireworks in several locations.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic hosts its annual Red, White and Boom in the Entertainment Plaza at State Fair Park Thursday, July 3.
This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.
But the jobs are different — and they're in different places. In a handful of states, there are lots more jobs than there used to be. But in many others, there are still far fewer jobs than there were before the recession.
Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.
Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: 288,000 Jobs Added
"Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent," the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.
Tim Farley, spokesman for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says organizers began collecting signatures Wednesday. They must collect the signatures of 155,000 Oklahomavoters in 90 days to have the measure placed on the November ballot.
The petition drive comes more than a year after a tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, destroying two schools and killing seven children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says overall collections to the state treasury during the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $11.7 billion, an increase of more than 4 percent from the previous fiscal year
Miller released figures Wednesday that show collections for the month of June also were up about 6.6 percent compared to the same month last year.
The story of UCO professor of music Jim Klages’ battle with MS, “Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS,” will broadcast at 9 p.m. July 8 on OETA. Pictured here in 1986 during his time in “The President's Own” United States Marine Band, Klages’ USMC career was cut short after his 1989 diagnosis with MS, but chiropractic care has restored his ability to play the instruments he loves.
A University of Central Oklahoma music professor's struggle with multiple sclerosis will be featured in a PBS documentary airing next week.
The documentary on Jim Klages, "Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS," airs at 9pm on July 8 on OETA.
The film tells the story of Klages — an accomplished musician and cornet soloist for the United States Marine Band— who was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush's inauguration in 1989.
But Klages woke up that morning to an unusual, unshakeable tingling in his left arm which led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
The film documents Klages' illness, love of music and path toward recovery. As Klages’ story is shared widely this summer and into next year on PBS stations throughout the country, he hopes that his story of hope will resonate with those who watch it.
More than 500 Oklahoma City third-graders who failed a state reading test will be promoted to fourth grade after receiving exemptions.
Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced Tuesday that the exemptions were granted for various reasons, including learning disabilities, English as a second language or satisfactory performance on an alternate test.