Oklahoma City, OK – SBA approves declaration request
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Gov. Brad Henry's request for an economic injury declaration for five southwest Oklahoma counties where businesses were affected by the January ice storm.
Tahlequah, OK – Cherokee's Mankiller remembered as humble patriot
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller is being remembered as a patriot who was remarkable for both her strength and humility.
Hundreds of members of the Cherokee Nation and 170 tribal, state and federal officials gathered Saturday at a memorial service for Mankiller in Tahlequah (TAL'-ih-kwah), about 70 miles east of Tulsa. Mankiller led the Cherokee Nation from December 1985 until 1995.
Muskogee, OK – 1 dead in shooting at Muskogee, Okla.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A Muskogee, Okla., police spokesman says one person is dead and five or six have been injured in a shooting inside the downtown Arrowhead Mall, crowded with visitors attending the annual Azalea Festival.
Shoppers who were inside the mall were told by a public-address announcement to leave as quickly as possible, and gathered outside the mall. Several said they heard four or five shots just before the announcement about 4:15 p.m.
Oklahoma City, OK – AG will not challenge health care law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson says he will not challenge new federal health care legislation that requires private citizens to purchase health care coverage.
Edmondson said Friday a lawsuit that would challenge the constitutionality of the law would have little chance of success. He says a legal challenge would be a misuse of his office's funds and an exercise in futility.