TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's mining and logging sector, which includes the oil and gas industry, lost an estimated 2,400 jobs in February as the state's overall jobless rate remained steady.
The Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the job losses Friday. According to the OESC's chief economist, Lynn Gray, the job decline matches that of the worst month for the industry since 1990.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's president says members of a recently disbanded fraternity apparently learned a racist chant during a cruise four years ago sponsored by the fraternity's national leadership.
OU President David Boren said Friday that the school interviewed more than 160 people during its investigation into the racist chant by members of the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter. The chant was captured on video and posted online.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is warning school districts that teachers will not be able to receive professional development credit for attending an education rally Monday at the Capitol.
In a letter to Hofmeister on Friday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote that districts are prohibited from using any professional development funds from the Legislature on programs that aren't approved by the Board of Education.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has announced the selection of a retired Oklahoma National Guard lieutenant colonel as chief of staff for the state Department of Education.
Hofmeister on Friday announced the appointment of Lance Nelson of Stillwater to the post and said he began working at the department on Monday.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma President David Boren is expected to announce the results of an investigation into a fraternity after members were caught on video engaging in a racist chant.
Boren will announce the results of the university's probe into the local chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity during a news conference Friday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate committee has approved legislation that prohibits texting while driving in the state.
The Senate Public Safety Committee voted 8-0 for the bill on Thursday and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. A similar bill has been approved by the Senate and is pending in the House Rules Committee.