OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a dozen Republican members of Congress hope to file a friend-of-the-court brief in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s lawsuit that challenges the federal government's requirement that health insurance cover the morning-after pill.
The group submitted a request Thursday to file briefs in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit. The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain says a provision in the health care reform law that requires the coverage of birth control violates the company founders' deeply held Christian beliefs.
First to speak is Craig Allen. NOTE: Bridenstine walked away from the microphones on the podium during his talk.
COWETA, Okla. (AP) — The three candidates running for Oklahoma's 1st congressional seat have appeared together at a debate in Coweta sponsored by the Coweta Chamber of Commerce.
Republican Jim Bridenstine said during Wednesday's forum that voters have a choice between a conservative government that he supports or what he called liberal policies supported by Democrat John Olson.
Olson told the crowd of a few dozen at the Assembly of God Church there is a stark difference between himself and Bridenstine. Olson called himself a "workhorse, not a show pony."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Commission on Human Services has offered a retired Tennessee official the job as director of the Department of Human Services for an annual salary of $185,000.
After a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, the commission that oversees DHS voted to give retired Tennessee DHS Deputy Commissioner Ed Lake until Monday to decide whether to take the position. The commission also voted to offer Lake a one-time $5,000 sign-on bonus.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has announced plans for an economic development trip to Europe. Fallin's office said Tuesday that the governor will lead a delegation from the state Department of Commerce and from northeastern Oklahoma on the trip. The trip is planned for Oct. 15-19 and is being organized by the Tulsa Metro Chamber. The governor's office says the group will meet with foreign-based companies that have operations in Oklahoma and will encourage them to expand and retain jobs in the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A truck stop chain has opened its first compressed natural gas facility for heavy-duty trucks in Oklahoma.
Love's Travel Stops opened the facility Monday on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City-based company says the CNG filling station demonstrates its commitment to offering natural gas as an alternative fuel for the trucking industry. Love's says compressed natural gas costs about $2 less per gallon than diesel fuel, on which most big rigs run.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Congressional candidates running for Oklahoma's 1st District are expected to meet this week in an election forum sponsored by the Coweta Chamber of Commerce.
Republican Jim Bridenstine and Democrat John Olson are slated to meet at Wednesday's forum.
Bridenstine is a political newcomer with tea party backing who defeated five-term incumbent Rep. John Sullivan in the primary election. Bridenstine has knocked Sullivan's votes that he said weren't conservative enough for Oklahoma.