OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that aims to lower the number of people who keep getting food stamp benefits even after defrauding the program.
The proposal criminalizes unauthorized sharing of food stamps. Its most significant provision affects people who commit fraud and want a deferred sentence. The bill says prosecutors must give them the option of voluntarily removing themselves from the program.
The bill's sponsors say it's the only way to get those who commit fraud out of the program without breaking federal law.
Since 2001, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has held the marathon to commemorate the bombings in that city, which killed 168 people and injured more than 800 others.
But given the events at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City marathon organizers are cautiously evaluating security plans and making their decisions one day at a time.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs suggests the agency lacks the supervision and oversight of the state's veterans centers necessary to ensure the well-being of the residents at the facilities.
State Auditor Gary Jones released the 59-page audit Wednesday. It was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin in August after the scalding death of a veteran at a facility in Claremore and other abuse allegations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma has received a $64.8 million payment as part of the state's 1998 settlement agreement with major tobacco companies, pushing the total amount received to more than $1 billion.
Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller announced the milestone Wednesday and says an additional payment is expected later this week.
State law requires most of the payment to go to the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund created in 2000 to pay for programs to improve the health of Oklahomans and to fund cancer and addiction research.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Atiba Williams began playing the steelpan before most people his age were potty trained. By age 4 he was playing the national anthem at major festivals and by age 5 he was composing his own original pieces.
Oklahoma Contemporary displays Bryan Adams’ “Exposed” exhibit through May 17. Adams may be best known for “Summer of ‘69” or “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” but over the past 12 years, he has also worked as a photographer.