Oklahoma City, OK – Sarah Palin is endorsing Republican Rep. Mary Fallin in the race for Oklahoma governor. The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate endorsed Fallin and two female congressional candidates yesterday on her Facebook page, saying they were "liberty loving 'Mama Grizzlies.'"
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa city council also voted to include sexual orientation to the city's non-discrimination policy. The list of protected classes, along with sexual orientation, now includes race, color, sex, religion. Political beliefs, national origin, age, ancestry and disability.
Hobart, Okla. – HOBART, Okla. (AP) Kiowa County authorities have discovered and destroyed thousands of marijuana plants possibly worth up to $3.5 million.
Sheriff Russ Tate says a tip officials received on Sunday led them to 7,700 plants in several patches between Mountain View and Carnegie in southwestern Oklahoma. Tate declined to reveal the exact location.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more than $2.7 million in state and federal grants and loans are on the way to Oklahomans affected by tornadoes and severe storms that occurred May 10-13.
Tulsa, Okla. – TULSA, Okla. (AP) U.S. Cellular has announced plans to move 160 jobs from its call center in Tulsa to Wisconsin and Texas while adding 100 jobs in Tulsa.
The company said in a statement Wednesday that the jobs being moved will go to a call center in Madison, Wis., and to a contract partner in Houston. The statement said the jobs being moved will result in lower costs.
The company says it will use the space in the call center to add 100 jobs to its Tulsa Customer Care Center.
Tulsa, Okla. – Part of the Tulsa Heath Department's effort to improve the health of North Tulsans includes the imminent construction of a new clinic at 56th Street North and Cincinnati Avenue, but that is not the only thing they have planned.
Health Department Marketing Director Melanie Christian says there are other, more minor projects in the works. This includes a neighborhood clean-up around the area where the new clinic will be.
June 25, about 60 health department employees will be conducting the clean-up, at 2-5 p.m.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Lottery officials say scratcher games will generate about $3 million more than expected for education this fiscal year.
Executive Director Jim Scroggins told Oklahoma Lottery Commission officials Tuesday that the latest estimates show the lottery will see about $198.5 million in revenue for fiscal year 2010. Based on those figures, about $69.7 million will be available for higher and common education in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A U.S. Congressional committee has approved a measure that would allow the transfer of 18 acres of land at the Fountainhead Resort in Eufaula to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Rep. Dan Boren says the House Natural Resources Committee approved his bill Wednesday.
The Okmulgee-based Native American tribe purchased the Fountainhead Lodge and 48 surrounding acres at a foreclosure auction in 2005 with plans to build a casino resort in its place.