The McAlester City Council has voted unanimously to approve new body cameras for the city's police force.

The McAlester News-Capital reports the council approved the purchase of the cameras Tuesday. The McAlester police plan to buy 39 new "compact wearable video systems," as well as a charging/docking station for a total cost of $31,000. One of the cameras will be given to the city's Criminal investigation Division, and the rest will go to patrol officers.

LTG Pillsbury watching removal of a bomb rear casing plate in 2010 at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.
Jack Hughes / McAlester Army Ammunition Plant’s PAO.

The Oklahoma army ammunition plant in McAlester says it wants to hire 200 new employees.

The McAlester News-Capital reports the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant hired nearly 100 workers in November. According to plant official Robert Mabray, the group still needs the additional employees to fill current and future ammunition orders.

The plant's commander Col. Joseph G. Dalessio says the group currently has more than 1,250 employees.

Dalessio says some employees have retired or are seeking work elsewhere.

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The court functions in McAlester's federal building have shut down as a way to cut costs.

The last session took place on Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District.

Federal courts have operated in McAlester for more than 100 years. Now, the federal building will house an FBI office and a credit union.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that Bankruptcy Judge Tom Cornish says the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is closing satellite courthouses to trim its budget.

The McAlester, Okla. area is losing population at one of the highest rates in the nation, according to information released this week by the U.S. Census.