In April, more than 1,100 workers died and thousands more were injured when a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh. The deadliest garment industry disaster in history focused attention on the working conditions in clothing factories across the developing world.
A Tulsa-based convenience store chain is welcoming negotiations on tobacco compacts between the state and Oklahoma tribes.
Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year rejected a request that the current compacts be extended and instead opened negotiations. Fallin's office says agreements have been reached with seven tribes and negotiations are continuing with 20 others.
QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh calls the previous compact a "debacle" that drove customers away from non-tribal retailers.
A Cherokee Nation attorney says a 3-year-old girl will be devastated if she is adopted by a South Carolina couple and taken away from her biological father, who is a tribal member.
Chrissi Nimmo, an assistant attorney general for the Oklahoma-based tribe, said today that Dusten Brown is unquestionably a fit parent. She says she can't understand how a South Carolina judge on Wednesday could have issued an order finalizing the adoption of a child living with a fit biological parent.
Brown has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the ruling.
Editor's Note: This is part one in StateImpact Oklahoma's "Twister Truths" series where we use data to kick the tires on the conventional wisdom underlying severe weather policy in Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, state and local emergency authorities emphasize individual shelters in peoples’ homes over communal shelters in schools or other civic buildings. As we reported here, almost all the federal disaster funding the state receives has been directed to rebates for the construction of residential shelters and safe rooms.
Hardin’s study focuses on ODVA’s request to declassify certain positions in veteran’s centers. The request was previously approved by a committee but due to its legislative nature, Hardin requested the study.
Rep. Ann Coody (R-Lawton) hopes to find a good solution for children with disabilities in her interim study: placement options for students with severe disabilities.
Coody said the study was requested because state and federal laws require school districts to provide free public education for special education students. Currently 95,000 individuals, ages 3 to 21, are identified as having some sort of disability.
A judge has rescheduled the arraignment for a former Oklahoma State University student accused of sexual assault.
Nathan Cochran was due in court Friday for an arraignment in Payne County, but a judge delayed that until Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Cochran is charged with four counts of sexual battery and is accused of groping male students while they slept.
Cochran has pleaded not guilty. Affidavits filed in the case allege that the incidents occurred in August and November in 2012.
A report says the Fish and Wildlife Service director failed for more than a year to act against two supervisors who retaliated against whistle-blowers at an Oklahoma field office.
Mary Kendall is deputy inspector general for the Interior Department. Kendall says in a harshly worded letter that lack of action by Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe has damaged the agency's credibility and integrity.