TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak has been riding along with a state trooper to see how car insurance and the lack thereof affects drivers throughout the state.
The Tulsa World reports Doak spent Thanskgiving morning riding around with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. Insurance Commission staffers were also stationed with troopers who were conducting insurance checks in Creek County on Thursday.
Doak says many of the people that are being stopped would rather pay a fine than pay for insurance.
WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is renewing its offer of a $5,000 reward in the case of a Wagoner man who was shot and left for dead at a gun range on Thanksgiving last year.
Authorities say 74-year-old Kenneth Payne was shot and wounded at the Fort Gibson Wildlife Management Area shooting range on Nov. 24, 2011. Authorities say Payne was shot multiple times but was able to use his cell phone to call for help.
OSBI says at least four guns were stolen from Payne in the attack.
HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose this week by eight, to 1,817.
Texas-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated reported Wednesday that 1,388 rigs were exploring for oil and 428 were searching for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.
Houston-based Baker Hughes' rig count is normally released on Fridays, but was released Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The rig count in Oklahoma declined by one this week, while Texas added two.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The state medical examiner says a 20-year-old woman who died at an Oklahoma rehabilitation center died from an accidental drug overdose.
Stacy Murphy was found dead in July at Narconon Arrowhead near McAlester. Medical examiner's spokeswoman Amy Elliott tells the McAlester News-Capital that Murphy died from acute oxymorphone toxicity. Oxymorphone is a narcotic painkiller.
Murphy is one of four patients who've died at Narconon since 2009. Her parents have filed suit against Narconon, alleging that the facility's actions were "grossly negligent."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate edged up to 5.3 percent in October — but the state still has one of the lowest rates in the country.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from September's rate of 5.2 percent.
The agency says that Oklahoma added 1,300 nonfarm jobs in October despite losses in six of the state's 11 industry sectors. Professional and business services added 2,300 jobs while leisure and hospitality added 2,200 jobs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain has formally appealed a federal judge's rejection of its request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
Online records of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicate Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. appealed the ruling on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton handed down the ruling on Monday.