OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials warn that failure of Congress to address the nation's looming fiscal cliff could have dire consequences for state programs in Oklahoma beginning as early as next year.
Oklahoma's Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger (DOR'-fling-ur) told a House panel on Monday the state could lose $137 million in direct federal funding as a result of sequestration, commonly called the fiscal cliff, which refers to the automatic, government-wide spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge has denied a motion to drop misdemeanor charges against two Tulsa megachurch workers accused of waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, Susan Witt, says the ruling was handed down Monday in the case of John and Charica Daugherty, the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty. Both claim they are innocent.
Hearings are set for three other workers next month on the same charges.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request by Hobby Lobby Stores to block part of the new federal health care law that requires it to provide the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton handed down the ruling Monday in U.S. District Court.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma will not establish a state-run health insurance exchange under the federal health care law or expand its Medicaid eligibility to provide coverage to thousands of low-income, uninsured citizens.
Fallin made the announcement Monday. The Republican governor says the exchange was "forced on the people of Oklahoma by the Obama administration."
It's now up to the federal government to set up the insurance exchange in Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma National Guardsman who previously served as a state lawmaker is being promoted to the rank of brigadier general.
A promotion ceremony for Col. Hopper Smith will be held at the state Capitol on Tuesday, and Gov. Mary Fallin will join Smith's wife in a ceremonial "pinning" of Smith to the rank of brigadier general.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two of five Tulsa Victory Christian Center employees facing misdemeanor charges for waiting more than two weeks to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl are due in district court Monday.
John and Charica Daugherty, who are the son and daughter-in-law of Victory Christian Center senior pastor Sharon Daugherty, both claim they are innocent of the charges.
Three other Victory employees are due in court next month on the same charges.