Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The unemployment rate in Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma reached 12 percent in February, the highest among the state's 77 counties.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission on Wednesday released a county-by-county breakdown of the state's unemployment data. The report shows Latimer County at 11.6 percent and McCurtain County at 11.5 percent had the highest rates in the state. All three counties are in southeast Oklahoma.
Tulsa, OK – House panel approves changes to workers' comp
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A bill to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system has cleared a House committee.
The Senate bill approved Wednesday by the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee would reduce the number of judges on the Workers' Compensation Court and limit them to one term. It also requires Senate confirmation for new judges.
Muskogee, OK – 21-year-old re-elected as mayor of Oklahoma town
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A 21-year-old college student has been elected to a second term as mayor of Muskogee, avoiding a runoff in a four-person race.
John Tyler Hammons won 51.4 percent of the vote on Tuesday in the town of about 38,000 people in eastern Oklahoma. Among those he beat was Bob Coburn, the cousin of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who received 29.4 percent of the vote. Coburn missed forcing a runoff election by 130 votes.
Tulsa, OK – All is ready for tomorrow night's first game at the new ONEOK field in downtown Tulsa. The Tulsa Drillers have settled into to their new $60-million ball park. The first game is against Corpus Christi.
Many of the downtown restaurants are adding staff as downtown Tulsa comes alive with baseball. The ball park is located at Greenwood and Archer. The area was once known as the Black Wall Street, prior to the 1921 Race Riot.
Tahlequah, OK – Cherokees dedicate National Supreme Court museum
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) One of the state's oldest buildings now will be used as a museum operated by the Cherokee Nation.
Tribal officials including Cherokee Chief Chad Smith gathered Wednesday to dedicate the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. The building was built in 1844 and the tribe says it is Oklahoma's oldest public building.
Oklahoma City, OK – OSBI defends its handling of homicide cases
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After the death of a 7-year-old girl who had been the subject of a two-month search, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is defending its handling of high-profile homicide cases.
OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Tuesday the agency is involved only in the most difficult probes but that it cleared 83.7 percent of its homicide cases last year.