A nine-member committee that oversees the long-term management of state buildings is urging the Legislature to support a bond issue of up to $160 million to repair the state Capitol.
The Long-Range Capitol Planning Commission voted Thursday to send a letter to lawmakers urging support of the bond issue.
The Senate already has passed a bill authorizing up to $160 million in bonds to pay for an overhaul of the nearly 100-year-old building. That measure is pending in the House, where conservatives have rejected the idea of borrowing money.
The 86th annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday evening, and this year a record 75 countries entered the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss each of the five films submitted by directors from Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
A death row inmate set for execution next month is refusing to leave his prison cell to attend his clemency hearing before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.
Clayton Lockett was slated to appear via video hookup before the board on Friday to ask for clemency.
But officials say Lockett refused to leave his cell, so his lawyer asked the board to commute Lockett's death sentence. Lockett is scheduled to be put to death March 20 for the 1999 death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is applauding efforts to create a cabinet level position in the Oklahoma governor's office that would be dedicated to Native American affairs.
State Democratic Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita has authored a bill that would create an executive branch cabinet secretary of Native American Affairs. The secretary would be designated the Oklahoma Native American liaison. Hoskin is also the Cherokee Nation chief of staff.
Oklahoma City residents are invited to attend any of seven workshops and offer their opinions on how the city should grow.
The planokc workshops begin Monday and run through March 12.
About 600,000 people live in Oklahoma City now, and planners say the population is projected to grow in the state's largest city to around 900,000 during the next 40 years.
Workshop attendees can view examples of how Oklahoma City could accommodate an additional 300,000 people and around 170,000 jobs. Residents can also share their opinions about how the city should grow.
Grammy-nominated and Norman native, harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Civic Center.
The program will features Kondonassis performinig Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K.299 with flutist Marina Piccinini. The program will also include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 both under the direction of Joel Levine.
Kondonassis says performing for a “hometown” crowd is fun because she sees friends and others she knows.