Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin turns down insurance exchange federal grant
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin says she will reject a $54 million federal grant to create a health insurance exchange for uninsured Oklahomans and pay for it instead with state and private money.
Fallin made the announcement Thursday, two weeks after Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said members of the Senate objected to the grant. Bingman says taking the money would appear to be a step toward complying with the new federal health care law.
Tulsa, OK – A clerk is shot after a failed robbery attempt last night at Popeye's Chicken near Pine and Peoria. Tulsa Police officer Leland Ashley says a man entered through the back door while the crew was cleaning and shot one of the clerks after she sprayed him with a hose. The man fled the scene without taking any money. No other employees were injured.
Tulsa, OK – Forum will discuss Tulsa school consolidation plan
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The second of four community forums designed to discuss plans to consolidate Tulsa Public Schools is expected to draw parents and city leaders.
Thursday's meeting at Foster Middle School is part of the cash-strapped district's Project Schoolhouse, a massive review of the efficiency and effectiveness of every one of the 90 schools Tulsa operates.
ELGIN, Okla. (AP) Fire crews have contained a blaze that forced the evacuation of about 30 homes and the closure of Interstate 44 for a time.
Comanche County spokesman Chris Killmer said there were no reports of injuries with the fire, which officials estimate charred about 400 acres Wednesday afternoon. He says residents were told to leave about 3 p.m. and were allowed to return home an hour later.
Killmer says there were no reports of injuries or structures burned.