Oklahoma City, OK – legislative task force to review the 2005 Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) Act will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, August 25 at the State Capitol.
Sen. John Ford, Senate Education Chair, was author of the legislation creating the task force to conduct a comprehensive review of ACE and determine whether the program should be modified to better meet its objectives. The task force will be co-chaired by Representative Ann Coody, R-Lawton.
Tulsa, OK – (Tulsa, OK) After fourteen years as Director and forty years at the Tulsa Health Department, Director Gary Cox has announced his resignation effective September 30, 2009. Mr. Cox has accepted a position as the Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. "I would like to thank the Board of Health, employees, and community for their support and for the great accomplishments to serve this community.
HOBART, Okla. (AP) For the first time in the history of Kiowa County, residents can saddle up to the bar and order a mixed drink.
The Longbranch Saloon in Hobart last week became the first establishment in the county to take advantage of a liquor-by-the-drink proposal approved by county voters last year. Fifty-four percent of voters approved the proposal in November's general election.
Oklahoma City, OK – Energy industry still keys Oklahoma economy
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The latest revenue shortfall in Oklahoma is another reminder that despite efforts to diversify the state's economy in recent years, its financial fortunes still rise and fall with those of the energy industry.
More than 25 years after the famed oil bust devastated the Oklahoma economy, the culprit this time is stagnant natural gas prices, which have dropped well below $3 per 1,000 cubic feet, the lowest since 2002.
Oklahoma City, OK – Ten Commandments monument could be built in spring
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The director of the Department of Central Services says a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol could be built in the spring.
DCS director John Richard told the Capitol Preservation Commission on Thursday that one possible location is north of the Capitol and two others are on the southeast side. Richard is also a member of the Capitol Preservation Commission.
Oklahoma City, OK – Audit requested concerning OHP aircraft parts
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state attorney general's office is asking for an audit concerning aircraft parts at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
A letter requesting the audit was sent Thursday to state Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage after Oklahoma County prosecutors asked for help in the matter. It asks for an investigation into possible theft or embezzlement of aircraft parts.