OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education officials say students can continue to sell snack foods in schools despite concerns that the fundraisers contribute to health problems.
State Board of Education members Thursday granted schools the ability to set local exemptions to a 2010 federal law that limits the sale of foods high in sugar or salt at schools. The board previously allowed a limited number of fundraiser exemptions per school.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Forestry Services is planning to hold its annual sale of tree seedlings in nearly 20 communities across the state next month.
Tree seedlings that have been sold at the state nursery since October will now be taken on the road. Seedlings will be sold directly from a refrigerated truck with forestry staff on hand to help customers.
The seedlings grown at the Oklahoma Forestry Services State Nursery located south of Norman are from local seed sources that are selected because they perform well in the Oklahoma environment.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding the Tulsa Housing Authority a $352,293 grant to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and homes.
The funding announced Thursday can also link the elderly and the disabled with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living.
The grant award is part of $36 million distributed nationwide.
Both chambers of the Oklahoma legislature are preparing the state for a constitutional convention.
The Senate Rules Committee passed Sen. Rob Standridge’s bill to establish how delegates would be selected.
"Two delegates will be appointed by majority vote of the House of Representatives, and two will be appointed by majority vote of the Senate," Standridge said. "And one shall be appointed by receiving a majority vote of all members elected."
The bill passed 8–5. Standridge assured committee members other states can’t pull a fast one by sending more delegates.
Some Tulsa County residents could vote on a “water in the river” proposal in October.
The Arkansas River task will get designs and cost estimates by May 1, hold public meetings in June and finalize the proposal in July. Task force chair G.T. Bynum said he wants it on the ballot for Oct. 13.
"If we hold a standalone vote on the river in October, that then allows us to consider the outcome of that vote as it relates to any other further Vision renewal," Bynum said.