A Republican House member from Oklahoma City says he's withdrawing from the race to become the next speaker of the House.
Rep. Jason Nelson said Wednesday he is no longer in the running to replace T.W. Shannon as the next speaker. Shannon resigned from his position on Tuesday to focus his attention on his race for the U.S. Senate.
Nelson's withdrawal leaves Republican Reps. Jeff Hickman of Dacoma and Mike Jackson of Enid in the race for one of the most powerful positions in state government.
A former Oklahoma police captain convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenager has been sentenced to four years in prison.
District Judge Donald Deason sentenced former Del City Police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison on Wednesday. Jurors had recommended the four-year sentence and Deason rejected a defense request for probation.
An Oklahoma County jury convicted Harrison for the March 14, 2012, shooting death of Dane Scott Jr. Scott was shot in the back following a high-speed chase that began when Harrison tried to pull over Scott's car.
The federal government will use a grassland laboratory near El Reno to research the regional effects of climate change for U.S. farmers, ranchers and foresters, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.
The Grazinglands Research Laboratory was picked to be one of the country’s seven “climate hubs,” where federal and state agencies, university scientists and other researchers will generate data to help landowners “adapt and adjust their resource management,” federal officials said in a statement.
The Obama administration is proposing today to create seven regional “climate hubs” with the goal of helping farmers and rural communities combat the most serious effects of climate change: drought, floods, pests and fires.
The move is taking place by executive action and will not go to Congress for approval. The hubs will represent a broad swath of the country’s rural regions and will include Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico.
The commission said Wednesday that the highest rates are in southeastern Oklahoma where Latimer County has a 9.2 percent jobless figure, McCurtain County an 8.2 percent rate and Hughes County is at 8.1 percent.
The Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, aka OkMOM, is in Enid February 7 and 8 at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center to provide Oklahomans complimentary dental care. OkMOM Enid marks the fifth-annual OkMOM event.
“We see a fair number of people down here who have abscessed teeth. All we can do is give them antibiotics,” said Enid Community Clinic Coordinator Janet Cordell according to Mission of Mercy’s website.
Some federal research centers around the country will be focusing on helping farmers and foresters deal with climate change, including one in El Reno, Okla.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is to announce Wednesday designation of seven regional climate hubs.
The hubs will be at U.S. Department of Agriculture facilities, such as the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis., Ore. Others will be in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Hundreds of anti-abortion activists are expected inOklahoma City for the annual Rose Day at the state Capitol.
The event on Wednesday is sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Hundreds of activists typically roam the halls, hand out red roses to lawmakers and urge them to support anti-abortion legislation.
This year's featured speaker is Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He will address the group about 11:45 a.m. in the House chamber.
Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman has announced his candidacy for Oklahoma governor.
The Rush Springs lawmaker made the declaration Tuesday during stops in OklahomaCity at the Petroleum Club and at the Tulsa Press Club.
Dorman, who described himself as a "pro-life" Oklahoma Democrat in an interview in December, acknowledged he would face an uphill battle against incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin, but said he looked forward to such a challenge.