Native women seeking emergency contraception at Indian Health Services facilities run by the federal government now can get it without a consultation or prescription. The agency confirms that Plan B and generic versions are being provided to women 17 years and older at pharmacy windows.
Changes to Oklahoma's public pension systems in recent years have reduced their unfunded liability, but a state lawmaker says more changes are needed to assure their long-term financial health.
State Rep. Randy McDaniel of Edmond said Thursday the $11.6 billion unfunded liability of the state's pension systems poses a major financial challenge to state government. McDaniel says lawmakers must do more to secure retirement pensions for public employees because people are living longer and more people are receiving benefits.
Lawyers for the federal government plan to fight an order that lets Hobby Lobby and a sister company avoid fines while they fight some sorts of birth control for its workers.
Attorneys representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed a notice in federal court Tuesday saying it would lodge an appeal. A lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and Mardel's interests said he was puzzled, saying the 10th Circuit has resolved much of the case.
When Oklahoma City decided to build a pipeline that would eventually carry water from Sardis Lake, in southeast Oklahoma, to the city, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations filed suit in federal court saying pretty much all of the water in that part of the state belongs to them.
That was in 2011. The parties have been negotiating outside of court since early 2012, and the case was stayed for a sixth time Sept. 17.
If your plans for this weekend are up in the air, this week’s OneSix8 has some suggestions for you. From fairies to butterflies, there are a lot of options to spread your wings and enjoy the warm weekend ahead.
The Gatesway International Balloon Festival and Oklahoma Hot Air Balloon Championship take flight this Thursday and continue through Saturday. People from across the country have traveled to Oklahoma with their award winning balloons. There are 30 Balloons in total, but this event is more than just nylon and hot air.
Organizers have launched a signature-gathering campaign for a $500 million bond issue to put storm shelters in public schools.
The group Take Shelter Oklahoma filed a petition on Wednesday with the Oklahoma Secretary of State's office to get the issue on a statewide ballot. Once the ballot language is given final approval by the attorney general, supporters have 90 days to gather about 155,000 signatures of registered voters.
The plan calls for the debt service on the bond issue to be paid by the annual franchise tax levied on businesses.
Although the message asked fans not to show their support for the band, it was distributed by band alumni, parents and others. Those supporters are upset about the direction the band is taking under new director Justin Stolarik, who came to OU this fall.