Oklahoma City, OK – Regulators to take up wind farm plan
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is considering final approval of the University of Oklahoma's plan to power its Norman campus entirely by wind.
The plan has been agreed to by officials at OU, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., the attorney general's office and other groups. The three-member commission is scheduled to consider a final order on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City, OK – Swine flu seen as declining in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials say the swine flu appears to be declining in the state.
But officials also warn that pandemics come in waves.
State Health Department spokesman Larry Weatherford says the number of people hospitalized has fallen significantly each of the past three weeks. He says the decline gives people a chance to get vaccinated in the event another wave of swine flu comes through the state.
Oklahoma City, OK – Jones sues over lost elections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones has filed a lawsuit that claims he was cheated out of election as state auditor and inspector in 2002 and 2006.
Jones filed the lawsuit Monday in Logan County. It asks for unspecified damages from former Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan and his wife, former state Sen. Gene Stipe and former Auditor Clifton Scott, among others.
Oklahoma City, OK – More are applying for Salvation Army jobs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Salvation Army officials in Oklahoma City are seeing an increase in the number of people applying for jobs as bell ringers in the agency's annual Red Kettle campaign.
Spokeswoman Heidi Brandes says with the number of people out of work applications for the $7.25 an hour job ringing a bell is up 20 percent over previous years. The agency has 278 applications so far and is still taking them.
Tulsa, OK – Local housing starts reached their third-highest monthly total this year, with 249 new building permits issued in October, according to information released by permit-tracking service New Orders Weekly. This is a 36 percent increase over the 183 starts reported in September and 38 percent ahead of starts logged in October of 2008.
Picher, OK – PICHER, Okla. (AP) The director of the Picher Housing Authority is looking for ways to use more than $135,000 in federal stimulus money. Residents in the town are being bought out and officials never asked for the money but the federal stimulus package included money for every active housing authority in the nation.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com