Oklahoma City, OK – Human services agencies brace for budget cuts
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Directors of several of Oklahoma's human services agencies say pending budget cuts will lead to more elderly people in nursing homes, fewer meals for hungry people and deep cuts to Medicaid providers.
Agency heads testified Wednesday before a Senate budget panel that oversees health and human services agencies. Directors were told to brief the subcommittee on how cuts ranging from 10 percent to 20 percent would affect their agencies.
Oklahoma City, OK – More than 1,000 rally at OKC tea party event
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) More than 1,000 people took to the lawn outside the state Capitol for a tea party rally as speakers lashed out at a federal government they say is trampling on the individual liberties of citizens.
Waving flags that read "Don't Tread on Me" and holding signs criticizing federal spending, the group packed the north lawn Wednesday night.
Between speakers, organizers offered prayers and played patriotic music.
Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry today approved legislation to boost a state program that helps attract the best and brightest professors and researchers to Oklahoma colleges and universities.
By restructuring an ongoing bond issue for the endowed chairs program, House Bill 3031 by House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee will generate approximately $100 million in new funds for the higher education initiative.
Oklahoma City, OK – Brogdon backs militia idea, changes course on focus
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A Republican candidate for Oklahoma governor who endorsed the idea of creating a state citizen militia is defending the plan but retreating from his earlier position that the force would be used to oppose the federal government.
Political leaders from both parties on Tuesday condemned the idea, which also has the support of some tea party leaders.