Drought continues: Officials say recent rains have little effect on wheat or canola yields
Nearly half of Garfield County remains in exceptional drought, while the other half is in extreme drought. Conditions in Major County are similar.
Lottery scam: EPD warns of mail-circulated fraud
People who have received a check for $4,350 in the mail shouldn’t get too excited.
New Orleans does away with traditional public schools
The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old work sheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good.
Fallin signs bill revamping state employee pension system
Governor Mary Fallin today signed a bill that creates a more flexible pension system for future state workers.
House Bill 2630 moves future state employees from a defined benefit plan to the 401k-style, defined contribution plan being widely used in the private sector. The law does not cover employees designated “hazardous duty” – including firefighters and law enforcement officers—or teachers. It does not change the pension system for current employees or retirees.
Ballmer to buy Clippers for $2 billion
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.
The individual, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA.
Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale after her husband, Donald Sterling, made racist remarks that were made public. Donald Sterling must also approve the final agreement as a 50 percent owner.
Health officials issue warning about tick virus
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday urged Oklahoma residents to be vigilant about checking for ticks after the death of a man who acquired the Heartland virus.
Oklahoma's health department has released few details about the death, noting only that the patient was a man over 65 and from Delaware County in rural northeast Oklahoma. The man died from complications of the virus, which is found in the Lone Star tick and spread through tick bites.
The man is among 10 people known to have acquired the virus. The CDC has said another person died after acquiring the virus but had other health issues that may have factored into his death.
Maya Angelou dies at 86
NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou's story awed millions. A childhood victim of rape, she broke through silence and shame to tell her tale in one of the most widely read memoirs of the 20th century. A black woman born into poverty and segregation, she recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.
"I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out."
Angelou, a renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.
Fallin signs tax break bill for oil and gas industries
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed into law a permanent, lowered tax rate that will continue a drilling incentive program for oil and natural gas companies operating in Oklahoma.
House Bill 2562 provides an incentive on oil and natural gas production from all new wells drilled after July 1, 2015. Under that incentive, all production from all new wells will be taxed at 2 percent for 36 months. After the first 36 months, a gross production tax rate of 7 percent applies. The initially lower rate is designed to encourage increased drilling and energy production in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce estimates that 25% of all Oklahoma jobs are supported directly or indirectly by the energy industry.
Man killed in one-car accident in Duncan
A man was killed in a single-car accident Monday afternoon, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 81 and Osage Road, police said.
The man, who’s name has not yet been released, was dead at the crash scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident, Sgt. David Woods of the Duncan Police Department said.
US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend
The U.S. Marine Corps' chaplain, speaking Sunday to a congregation that has tied gold ribbons on the church's fence in honor of fallen soldiers since the Iraq War began, lauded the sacrifice of veterans around the world as President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for Memorial Day.
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