OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate is launching a study into reports of problems at the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs' and its seven veterans' centers.
The study will begin Tuesday at the State Capitol. The first meeting will focus on administration issues including the structure and responsibilities of the agency and the War Veterans Commission. Lawmakers also will be looking into the role of the War Veterans Commission and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in relation to oversight of the agency.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The father of an Oklahoma valedictorian says the school is withholding his daughter's graduation diploma because she used the word "hell" during her valedictory speech.
David Nootbaar (NOOT'-bahr) said Monday that his daughter Kaitlin inadvertently said she didn't know what the "hell" she wanted to become during her speech at the May graduation ceremony at Prague (prayg) High School.
Nootbaar said his daughter intended to use the word heck.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The trial for a man accused in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman is set to begin this week.
Fred Shields is charged in the 2008 killing of Neal Sweeney. Prosecutors claim that Sweeney was killed in a murder-for-hire plot because of a business dispute. Shields' brother, Allen Shields, was also charged with conspiracy in Sweeney's death but died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2011.
Sweeney, a 63-year-old former Tulsa football star, was shot in the head on Sept. 4, 2008, at his business and died the next day.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe predicts his party will regain the majority in the U.S. Senate after the November elections — but even with that advantage, he believes Republicans won't have a veto-proof majority.
Inhofe made the remarks Monday morning during a breakfast in Tulsa sponsored by the State Chamber of Oklahoma.
The 77-year-old senator, who is not up for re-election this year, touted several recent accomplishments, including funding state transportation projects and passing into law his so-called Pilot's Bill of Rights.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Choctaw Nation code talkers who served in two world wars and the first Oklahoma National Guard female general will be among those inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on November 9th.
The Oklahoman reported in Sunday's editions that Choctaw code talkers used their native language on the battlefields against the German army in World War One and World War Two.
Major General LaRita Aragon will be honored for her military service. Aragon was an educator before entering the Oklahoma Air National Guard.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — High temperatures and an ongoing drought are having an impact on more than just crops and livestock.
State health officials say they are also creating ideal conditions for the growth of a tiny, single-cell organism that lives in Oklahoma's rivers, lakes and ponds and can cause a disease that is almost always fatal.
The organism is called Naegleria fowleri and is being blamed for the death of a 9-year-old Bryan County boy who contracted primary amoebic meningo -encephalitis after swimming in the Red River last month.