OKLAHOMA CITY — The governing board of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System has selected a longtime attorney as its new executive director.
The board of trustees for OPERS on Thursday named Joseph Fox as its new executive director effective Nov. 1. Fox is the longtime general counsel for OPERS and has been serving as interim executive director.
Fox is filling a vacancy left after Tom Spencer resigned to become the director of the Oklahoma Teachers' Retirement System.
Fox previously served as legal counsel for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin and Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby have announced a compact between the state and the tribe for Chickasaw Nation license plates to members of the tribe.
The compact says Chickasaw tags will be sold exclusively at state-licensed tag agencies in Oklahoma. Chickasaws who want to purchase the tags will present their Chickasaw Nation citizenship card and pay the same fees and taxes as any other Oklahoman for a tag.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is requesting about $85 million in additional funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.
The agency's governing board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a budget request that includes additional money to pay for raises for prison workers, additional inmates, infrastructure improvements and other items.
The agency received $470 million for the current fiscal year and wants more than $555 million for the upcoming fiscal year.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma's Republican governor and the Democratic candidate running against her are sparring over pay raises given to state agency directors.
Gov. Mary Fallin bumped annual salaries by at least $50,000 for two state agency directors. They were for Oklahoma's secretary of state and the director of the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
Both raises were bigger than raises approved by state boards and commissions for 48 others, 30 of whom received an annual pay raise of at least $10,000.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Board of Education is asking the Legislature to approve a $2,500, across-the-board pay raise for Oklahoma teachers in next year's budget.
The board on Thursday unanimously approved the budget request, which includes a proposed $213 million for the pay raise.
The agency's overall request is for nearly $300 million new dollars, but as agencies prepare for the upcoming budget year that begins July 1, it's common for officials to request more funding than the Legislature is expected to be able to appropriate.
Oklahoma health officials say two children have the state's first confirmed cases of the flu this season.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that two children younger than 5 have tested positive for the flu. The department said in a news release that one of the children is hospitalized, but did not release the child's condition.
The department says the child who is hospitalized is in Tulsa County and that the other child is in Oklahoma County.
The Tulsa Zoo plans to host its annual HallowZOOeen from October 27th through the 31st! With family fun games, costumes, trick-or-treating, and more there is a lot for kids and parents of all ages to discover. Some of the features events will include the Burger King Royal Castle, American Airlines Pirate Island, and sponsored Goblin Stops. At the Goblin Stops, kids can load their Halloween bags with some of the three tons of candy that the zoo has collected.