Oklahoma City, OK – Eastern Okla. counties have highest jobless rates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Four eastern Oklahoma counties had the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma in May.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission also reported that the unemployment rates in 68 of Oklahoma's 77 counties increased from April to May. The overall unemployment rate in the state fell from 5.8 percent in April to 5.3 percent in May.
Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin encouraging Oklahomans to go to Grand Lake
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin wants Oklahomans planning on going to Grand Lake over the Independence Day holiday weekend to not cancel their plans.
Fallin is encouraging tourism around the lake after the Grand River Dam Authority said Friday it's discouraging swimming in Grand Lake because of the presence of blue-green algae, which can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals.
Tulsa, OK – More problems with blue green algae. An outbreak of the algae could possibly shut down Grand Lake for the holiday weekend. Grand River Dam Association members say they consider the outbreak a very serious situation. The GRDA board, along with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, has called an emergency meeting for today at 1:30 this afternoon in Tulsa. The GRDA could shut down the entire lake, just close portions of it, or delay the shut down until after the Fourth of July.
Omaha, NEB – OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A monthly survey says higher energy prices and supply problems are slowing economic growth in the Midwest and Plains. Economists blame the slowdown in part on flooding throughout the region and the lingering effects of the Japanese tsunami.
Medicine Park, OK – MEDICINE PARK, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Army says it's reimbursing victims of a massive wildfire in southwestern Oklahoma that began at Fort Sill. The blaze scorched about 5,500 acres and destroyed 13 homes in the tiny resort town of Medicine Park.
Mangum, OK – MANGUM, Okla. (AP) Opening arguments are set to begin next week in the trial of a former prison warden's wife who's accused of helping an inmate escape after prosecutors say she fell in love with him. It took lawyers six weeks to select a jury to hear the case of Bobbi Parker, who says she was kidnapped.