While Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders waited for the completion of an independent study on state employee pay, House Speaker T.W. Shannon approved more than a quarter of a million dollars in annual pay increases for his staff.
Figures released by House officials on Monday show about half of the 117 full-time House employees received raises totaling more than $280,000. The pay hikes for 52 House employees ranged from about 2 percent for a housekeeper to more than 30 percent for three staff attorneys.
Legislative leaders in Oklahoma are seeking to ease public concern over a plan by a group of Satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol.
Both House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman suggested Monday that such a plan was far from a reality. Members of the committee that would need to approve the monument sounded skeptical.
In the hours after the tornado tore through Moore back in May, nearly 400 National Guardsmen went to the scene to search for survivors, clear roads and watch for looters. One of those soldiers was Major Dave Mackey.
“I had an aunt and uncle that they lost everything. As a matter of fact, I didn't even go over there for many days just 'cause I didn't know how it would make me feel,” he said.
The MAPS logo represents each of the nine elements of MAPS: the new AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, renovation of the Myriad (now Cox Convention Center), improvements at the state fairgrounds, the Bricktown Canal, a new Library/Learning Center, new trolleys, a near-rebuilding of the Civic Center Music Hall, improvements to the North Canadian River, and construction of the Ford Center.
By voting for a temporary one-cent sales tax, the citizens of Oklahoma City enabled the city to collect nearly $310 million dollars to help fund nine "quality of life" projects in downtown Oklahoma City.
The resulting development and renovations sparked a genuine revitalization of downtown Oklahoma City.
Thousands of people have gathered in Kiev's Independence Square over the past two weeks, where Orthodox priests chanted prayers at dawn and demonstrators are vowing to keep up their protests.
The government is showing no signs of yielding, suggesting that the tensions that have gripped the country for two weeks are far from a resolution.
Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the protests are about two things: The jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, and the president’s decision not to sign agreements with the European Union that would bring them closer to Europe, both economically and politically.