Gov. Mary Fallin’s Democratic challenger wants to boost per-pupil spending on education by $50 by using the state’s franchise tax as a funding source.
"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding," state Rep. Joe Dorman said Thursday at a news conference. "This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential."
There was a moratorium on franchise tax collections from 2010 to 2013.
The first West Nile case in Oklahoma this year has been confirmed in Major County. So far there are no reported infections in Tulsa County, but it is very early in the season. Kaitlin Snider with the Tulsa Health Department says testing will continue for several months.
People are encouraged to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile, a mosquito-borne illness. Many people don’t even know when they’ve been infected, but in some, the disease can be extremely serious.
MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the second of two men found dead in a mobile home in Mannford nearly a month ago has been identified.
The OSBI said Thursday that the state medical examiner's office has identified the man as 53-year-old Don Ray Stanford.
The bodies of Stanford and 60-year-old Ward Ray Bartlett were found June 18 in Bartlett's mobile home by Pawnee County deputies conducting a welfare check at the request of a state health care worker. Authorities say Stanford was also living at the home.
Thunderstorms dump heavy rain in Tulsa, right in the middle of the morning rush hour. Slow moving, thunder rumbling storms passed over Tulsa at the peak of the morning commute causing numerous problems.
FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — Federal officials plan to allow members of the media to tour a temporary shelter at Fort Sill that is being used to house more than 1,000 mostly teenage immigrants from Central America.
Participants in the tour Thursday afternoon at the Army post in southwest Oklahoma are heavily restricted and are prohibited from taking pictures, asking questions or interacting with staff or children at the shelter.