Our guest on ST is Kristin Russo, who -- along with her colleague, Dannielle Owens-Reid -- communicates daily with LGBTQ youth and families at the award-winning website called Everyone Is Gay. Russo and Owens-Reid have a new book out that stems directly from this website; it's called "This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life," and Russo talks with us about it. The book is, as she explains, meant to be an easy-to-read, go-to resource for parents hoping to understand and communicate with their gay child.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Health Care Authority says it needs at least $164 million in extra state funds to keep up the state's Medicaid program.
Leaders of the state's Medicaid agency say it needs the money to replace lost federal funding and address a 4 percent expected growth in the program. There's a $61 million hole because it received one-time carryover money from the state Legislature.
A 4.3 earthquake strikes near Cushing, the second 4.3 magnitude this week in the Cushing area. Those quakes are strong enough to be felt miles away, and are of concern to emergency managers. Jeff Kuhn is Emergency Management Director for Payne County. He says with cooler weather, people are being asked to check chimneys for damage before lighting them up.
There are also a lot of pipelines in the Cushing area, and there is worry they could be damaged by one of these larger quakes. Kuhn says crews check the lines after any quakes large enough to possibly do damage.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation Entertainment plan to continue an annual tradition of donating and delivering supplies to local classrooms in need.
Employee volunteers donate annually to the school supply drive throughout the month of August. This year, they donated more than 3,500 items including basic learning tools, backpacks and classroom necessities to schools located throughout the tribe's 14-county jurisdiction.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa's city manager plans to rappel from a tall building to support a charitable giving campaign the city is supporting throughout the month of October.
City Manager Jim Twombly will rappel from the 20-story One Warren Place on Friday afternoon. Various city departments are also hosting other events this month such as chili cook-offs, golf putting, bake sales and raffles for the charitable giving campaign.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The threat of Ebola has caused some Tulsa organizations to rethink their mission efforts in west Africa.
David Rogers with Youth Vision International tells the Tulsa World that he's directed his leaders to stop holding weekly Christian youth meetings in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Those nations have suffered some of the heaviest casualties from the deadly disease.
He says one of his leaders has died, but it wasn't from Ebola. Rogers says the man suffered an asthma attack and couldn't get the medical attention he needed due to the Ebola outbreak.
Oklahoma district attorneys partner with Verizon to get refurbished cell phones in the hands of domestic violence victims.
Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris said many abusers keep their victims isolated.
"And when they finally break loose of that, they come into a situation where they need help from all kinds of different agencies to help them get on their feet to save their lives, maybe, or certainly save themselves from future violence or their kids from being exposed to that," Harris said.