A study from Oklahoma Corrections Professionals, an association for the state's corrections and pardon and parole employees, says the state's corrections officers are worse off than most of the nation's.
Oklahoma corrections officers' average starting pay of $11.83 an hour is fourth-lowest in the U.S., trailing Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. It's also nearly $4 less than the national average.
Officers also face the highest offender-to-officer ratio, with nearly 12 inmates for every officer. The national average is 5.5.
After helping a recipient and a volunteer sort out which items should be in the recipient's shopping cart, Salvation Army Major April Taylor took a few minutes to stand back and admire what was going on.
"Both sides of it, both sides happening at the same time, it's spectacular. That's Christmas," she said. "That is Christmas."
On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks with Michael M. Phillips, a staff reporter at the Washington, D.C., bureau of The Wall Street Journal. Phillips has reported on the U.S. ground war in Afghanistan since 2001, and he went to Iraq to cover a certain American battalion several times between 2003 and 2006. He writes often about the aftermath of these wars, including post-traumatic stress, suicide, and other issues facing veterans and their families.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than $285,000 has been raised in an auction of the contents of about 750 abandoned safe deposit boxes.
State Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday the auction lasted almost eight hours and about 400 people were registered to bid. Among the items sold during the auction were a box containing gold bullion that sold for $8,700 and a Mickey Mantle-autographed baseball that went for $400.
Six silver bars weighing more than 37 pounds sold for $11,000, and a collection of 67 class rings fetched $19,000.
Officials are sifting through the debris of the former Ranch Supply store in the heart of Nowata. The investigators are looking for the cause of an early morning blaze that destroyed the business.
No one was injured and there were no evacuations despite the business being filled with highly combustible feed grain and pesticides.
Nowata EMS Supervisor David Kember says the flames were so intense that Burlington Northern shut down rail traffic though Nowata until the fire was put out. U.S. Highway 60, which is also Cherokee Street in Nowata, was also shut down.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state board led by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to certify less money for the Legislature to spend on state programs next year.
The Board of Equalization is scheduled to meet Thursday to certify an estimate of how much revenue will be available to spend on the fiscal year that begins July 1. Initial projections are that the Legislature will have about $273 million, or 3.8 percent, less than it spent on the current fiscal year.