Oklahoma City, OK – HUD awards more than $770,000 to Oklahoma agencies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary has awarded $770,246 in new grants to six homelessness programs in Oklahoma.
Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Thursday that the Continuum of Care grants are an investment in local projects that have never received HUD homeless funds in the past. Donovan says the funding will provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families.
Oklahoma City, OK – Voters pepper Lankford with questions at town hall
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma voters upset with a proposed GOP plan to overhaul Medicare peppered new Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford with questions over how future retirees will fare under the proposal.
Oklahoma's newest congressman held his first public town hall meeting Thursday in Oklahoma City, and most of the questions centered on changes to Medicare.
Tulsa, OK – Statement from Superintendent Keith Ballard:
"In light of the city prosecutor's decision to drop the municipal charges against Lynnette Dixon, I am reinstating her as principal of Hawthorne Elementary effective Thursday, April 28, 2011.
"I have completed my review of TPS Police Chief Gary Rudick, assisted by Chief of Staff Robert F. Burton, Sr. and Chief Operations and Information Officer Todd Lee. I want to make it clear that I found Chief Rudick's action inappropriate.
Oklahoma City, OK – Despite the soggy conditions in our part of the state, western Oklahoma is bone dry. Mike Schulte is the head of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. He fears at least half of the state's crop is lost.
He says some farmer are filing for disaster coverage now and starting to plane for another crop.
Tahlequah, OK – Oklahoma river has crested but flooding ongoing
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Cherokee County officials say the Illinois River has crested at Tahlequah and has begun to recede, but major flooding is still occurring after the region received more than a foot of rain.
The Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management office said Wednesday that floodwaters are approaching 4 to 6 feet in the Lakewood and Carlisle Cove areas, and county commissioners are building temporary roadways for residents to get in and out.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House passes presidential 'birther' bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before appearing on a state primary election ballot. The measure passed the same day that President Barack Obama made public his detailed birth certificate.
Without debate, the House Wednesday evening voted 77-13 for the measure by Rep. Sue Tibbs of Tulsa and sent it to the Senate for further consideration.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced today that he is streamlining his administration by appointing Jim Twombly to the role of City Manager. The Mayor will create the position through an executive order.