Baghdad, Iraq – Okla US Rep. Dan Boren visits Iraq with Boehner
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) U.S. Rep. Dan Boren has left Iraq after a brief visit to that country with House Speaker John Boehner and four other members of Congress.
The one-day visit to Iraq by the bipartisan six-member delegation ended Sunday morning.
Boren, D-Okla., says the delegation focused on studying issues concerning the planned withdrawal of U.S. military forces by the end of the year and how the two nations can work to maintain a good relationship in the future.
Tushka, OK – Initial damage assessment done in Oklahoma town
TUSHKA, Okla. (AP) Federal and state emergency management officials have completed their initial damage assessments in Tuskha.
State Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said Sunday the report will be promptly sent to Gov. Mary Fallin's office. Fallin then can ask the federal government for assistance for individuals and businesses affected by Friday's tornado.
Oklahoma City, OK – AG warns Okla residents to be wary of scams
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's top prosecutor is warning residents in areas damaged by recent storms to be wary of home repair and charity scams.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt says such schemes are commonplace after natural disasters and that his agency's Public Protection Unit has prosecuted numerous unscrupulous repair workers who prey on Oklahomans.
Tulsa, OK – Ground is broken for a brand new Tulsa bridge over the Arkansas River.
The bridge at Interstate 244 will be a double-decker bridge, the first of its kind in Oklahoma. The bridge will have motor traffic on one deck with rail and pedestrian traffic available on another deck.
Tushka, OK – Okla. governor plans tour of tornado-ravaged area
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin is heading to a small southeast Oklahoma town where a tornado left two dead and destroyed homes, businesses and the local school.
A Fallin spokesman says she'll travel to Tushka (TUHS'-kuh) on Friday afternoon after she makes a scheduled visit to Fort Sill. Fallin will fly in an Oklahoma National Guard Blackhawk helicopter to tour the damage and meet with local residents.
Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin turns down insurance exchange federal grant
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin says she will reject a $54 million federal grant to create a health insurance exchange for uninsured Oklahomans and pay for it instead with state and private money.
Fallin made the announcement Thursday, two weeks after Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said members of the Senate objected to the grant. Bingman says taking the money would appear to be a step toward complying with the new federal health care law.