Guthrie, OK – Oklahoma firefighters battle grass fires
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) Firefighters have largely contained a grass fire that scorched grass and trees near Guthrie.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said late Saturday that crews were putting out hot spots in the fire, which forced the closure of State Highway 105 for hours. Several homes were damaged and area residences were evacuated.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla GOP closing registration gap on Democrats
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Democrats still outnumber Republicans in Oklahoma, but the GOP is quickly closing the gap.
Figures released Friday by the State Election Board show the number of registered Republicans increased by more than 36,000 since January 2010. During the same time, the number of registered Democrats increased by 88. The number of registered independents also increased by more than 15,000 in the past year.
Oklahoma City, Ok – Pregnant official 'shocked' at Rozell's comment
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The new legislative liaison at the Oklahoma Department of Education says she's "shocked" by a comment by a state Board of Education member who said she would be "worthless" in her position if she took immediate maternity leave.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican House Speaker Kris Steele says he will form a special committee to investigate Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill, who has been charged with felony bribery.
Steele said Friday the eight-member committee will be bipartisan and will determine if Terrill misused or abused his office.
Tulsa, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma health officials say another death associated with influenza has been reported.
The Oklahoma State Health Department said Thursday the fourth flu death reported since Sept. 1 was a Logan County resident in the 25-49 year age range. Health officials say 304 flu-related hospitalizations have been reported to the agency and 90 of those came between Jan. 16 and Saturday.
Several schools across the state also canceled classes or postponed activities because of high absences due to the flu.
Tulsa, OK – Ductmate, the largest heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) accessories manufacturer in North America, announced today it has chosen Tulsa for its new distribution warehouse location. Ductmate has leased a 61,520-square-foot facility located on 9.4 acres at 3248 N. Sheridan with a five-year plan to expand its Tulsa operation to include manufacturing. The privately owned company moved into the new site Jan. 3 and began operations this week.