OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is visiting with Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature and urging them to join the list of states calling for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
Coburn met separately Monday in Republican caucus meetings in the House and Senate to talk about the idea of a convention of the states to address the growing power of the federal government.
Separate measures in the House and Senate would call for a constitutional convention, which is authorized under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a bill allowing Oklahoma district attorneys to collect DNA samples for the state's offender database from defendants who aren't sentenced to prison.
The House voted 93-3 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.
Defendants convicted of certain crimes are required to provide samples to the state DNA database. Most samples are taken by prison officials, leaving those convicted but sentenced to probation often omitted.
The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, appeared at Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday, January 15th presented by the Armstrong International Foundation's Performing Arts Series. Founded in 1946, the Quartet was the first ensemble to play all six Bartok quartets in the US and its performances of Schoenberg's quartets helped establish the works as cornerstones of the modern string quartet literature.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from state agencies across Oklahoma are returning to the Capitol for more budget briefings since the Legislature must deal with a $611 million shortfall in the next fiscal year — double the initial projection.
Appropriations and budget subcommittees in the House and Senate are meeting with agency leaders this week to find out how they would handle budget cuts ranging as high as 10 percent.
The number of methamphetamine labs is dropping in Oklahoma, but not the state’s addiction to meth. The home-lab is being replaced by imported Mexican meth. The State Narcotics Bureau’s Mark Woodward says the agency will hold seminars across the state on the problem.
MARK WOODWARD: "We are going to put on training for law enforcement for meth labs and it will also allow us to put on training interdiction. "
While the Mexican meth is not as pure as home-made, it is often cheaper.