OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pile of unserved food from a local restaurant was dumped on a table before a legislative committee to underscore the point that Oklahomans are going hungry needlessly.
The founder of an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit that collects unused food from local restaurants and distributes it to needy families made the point on Thursday during a meeting of the House Human Services Committee.
The panel met to discuss how lawmakers might change laws or administrative rules to make it easier to collect unused food and distribute it to the hungry in the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved the release of letter grades for every public school in the state despite objections from parents and school administrators who say the grading system is flawed.
The board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the release of the grades that score schools on an A-F system that was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2011.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The worst U.S. drought in decades is showing little signs of easing as farmers close out their corn harvests and pivot toward growing winter wheat that's now struggling in the dry conditions.
The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday shows that more than roughly 62 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought.
The federal government says farmers have harvested 87 percent of the nation's corn crop and 80 percent of its soybeans.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mother of a Claremore man found dead last year at an eastern Oklahoma drug rehab center with ties to the Church of Scientology has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility.
Attorneys for Shirley Gilliam filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Pittsburg County against the Narconon Arrowhead facility, its California-based parent companies and the facility's medical director.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government is urging a judge to deny a request by Hobby Lobby Stores to block enforcement of the new health care law's requirement that employers provide coverage for the morning-after pill and similar drugs.
Last month, Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City that alleges the mandate is unconstitutional. The company seeks an injunction to prohibit it from being enforced, claiming that the mandate will force the Oklahoma City-based chain's owners to violate deeply held religious beliefs under threat of heavy fines.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State leaders say an across-the-board pay hike for state workers is unlikely — but several are embracing the idea of salary increases tied to performance reviews and private-sector wages.
The House Appropriations and Budget Committee met Tuesday to discuss improving pay for state workers. The last across-the-board raise for state employees was in 2006 when Democrats controlled the Senate and the governor's office.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A conservative think-tank has released a study suggesting the University of Oklahoma gave preferences to African Americans in admissions to its undergraduate, law and medical schools — a claim university officials dispute.
The Virginia-based Center for Equal Opportunity study was released Monday — two weeks before Oklahoma voters are set to decide a state question on whether to abolish all affirmative action programs in state government.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say there may be more victims or witnesses coming forth in an investigation of alleged sex crimes at a Tulsa megachurch.
Former Victory Christian Center employee Israel Castillo is charged with making a lewd proposal to a 15-year-old girl and using a computer to commit a sex crime. A hearing Tuesday for Castillo was delayed after Assistant District Attorney Kali Strain told the judge police are investigating the prospect of more victims or witnesses in the case.