TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma group hoping to build a museum highlighting the contributions to popular culture made by musicians, writers and other artists with ties to the state says it will continue pushing for funding for the project.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell and drummer Jamie Oldaker, who performed for years with Eric Clapton, are among those who have donated to the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture's more than 100,000-piece collection.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.5 percent in June.
The figures released Friday by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show that while the number of Oklahomans without a job decreased, so too did the number of those employed. The labor force fell by 13,510 compared to the previous month.
The figures show the state's labor force numbered 1.79 million in June with 81,170 unemployed.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says they have seen a significant increase in the number of applicants and officials attribute that to two bills that passed the Legislature.
Chief Ricky Adams tells The Oklahoman more than 800 candidates applied for the trooper academy— the most since 2006 — after the two bills passed. Before the bills went into effect, the department had fewer than 300 applications.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed three people to a committee that will oversee spending on repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol.
Fallin said Friday she had named David Thompson, Phil Kennedy and Steve Mason to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. They will join a group of state lawmakers named by House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firefighters from Oklahoma are heading west to help battle wildfires.
Oklahoma Forestry Services has begun receiving orders to send help and five OFS firefighters have been sent to help fight fires in Oregon. Officials say additional orders from the National Interagency Coordination Center for more firefighters and equipment are expected.
OFS assistant director and Fire Management Chief Mark Goeller says recent rain across Oklahoma have reduced the fire danger and allows the agency to provide help in other states.