State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma government's main operating fund improved in January, lessening the chance that mandatory budget cuts will be ordered for the current fiscal year.
Figures released Tuesday by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services show January collections to the General Revenue Fund totaled $610 million. That amount is 6.5 percent above the official estimate used to build the current year's state budget.
More schools have announced plans to cancel classes March 31 so students and staff can attend a rally at the state Capitol in favor of more education funding.
The Tulsa World reports that school boards in Bixby, Broken Arrow and Sapulpa all voted Monday to cancel classes for the March for Education rally. Leaders in Claremore and Owasso have tabled discussions on the issue until next month.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma — which provides electricity to more than a half-million Oklahomans — can move ahead with plans to retire its coal-fired power plants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.
The agreement between the utility, state, and EPA is expected to bring PSO into compliance with regional haze regulations, the federal government’s effort to clear the air at national parks and wildlife refuges.
Two bills to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma are scheduled for a hearing in a state House committee.
The House Public Health Committee is expected to consider both bills during its regular meeting on Tuesday.
One bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. Mike Ritze would require abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. A second bill by Edmond Republican Rep. Randy Grau restricts the use of abortion inducing drugs.
Oklahoma's Department of Human Services says it's firing two employees over their mishandling of a case involving a disabled 15-year-old boy who died of pneumonia last year after suffering alleged neglect and abuse at his father's home.
Quinten Wood died Jan. 4, 2013.
The state agency also said Monday that an internal investigation into Woods' case has prompted an overhaul of how it improves child protection — particularly when DHS becomes involved in cases with children who have mental and developmental disabilities.
The latest back-and-forth over the Washington Redskins name includes a stern letter from two lawmakers and a public relations move from the team.
A letter sent Monday from Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state and Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma tells NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the league is on "the wrong side of history" and mentions the league's tax-exempt status. Cantwell chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Drought and agriculture don’t mix very well. So after three years of intense drought, you might expect rural western Oklahoma communities — where fortunes have traditionally hinged on the condition of wheat crops — to be dying on the vine.
But no. As The Journal Record‘s Brian Brus reports, many of these towns are adapting to a new economy with a little help from the oil and gas industry.
Leading the list of Prescription Monitoring Program prescriptions and overdose contributors are three popular pharmaceuticals: hydrocodone, an opiod painkiller sold under the brand names Lortab, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco and Tussionex; oxycodone, another opiod painkiller sold as OxyContin and Percoset, and alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug marketed as Xanax.
Oklahoma pharmacies filled nearly 10 million prescriptions for narcotic painkillers and other controlled dangerous substances last year, according to newly obtained state data. Those prescriptions - an average of 68 per patient, including refills - contained 597 million doses of painkillers, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, steroids and other controlled pharmaceuticals tracked by the state's Prescription Monitoring Program.
The 72 Republicans in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have selected 40-year-old state Rep. Jeff Hickman of Fairview as the next speaker of the House, one of the most powerful positions in state government.
The Republican caucus met behind closed doors Monday morning and selected Hickman via secret ballot.
The speaker's post was vacated last week when T.W. Shannon stepped down to focus on his race for the U.S. Senate.