Norman, OK – Askins takes job with OU Health Sciences Center
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins has been named to an administrative position at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
OU President David Boren announced Wednesday that Askins will serve as associate provost for external relations. She'll work to inform residents about the services provided at medical center in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City, OK – House panel votes to tighten meth ingredient rules
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A common cold medication that contains the key ingredient for making methamphetamine would be available only by prescription under legislation approved by an Oklahoma House committee.
The House Public Safety Committee voted 13-4 for the measure Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. lawmaker sees little impact on protest bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma senator who's sponsoring a bill to limit protests at funerals says he doesn't think a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing a fundamentalist church to protest outside military funerals will affect his bill.
The court ruled 8-1 Wednesday that the First Amendment protects Westboro Baptist Church members who have held anti-gay protests at funerals.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla Senate panel approves tough immigration bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The author of a sweeping anti-illegal immigration bill says he jokingly suggested Oklahoma erect a wall around the state to keep out illegal immigrants because he's frustrated the federal government won't take action on the issue.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Councilor John Eagleton is asking the attorney general to review Mayor Bartlett. Eagleton has apparently sent a letter to the Governor asking for the review. Eagleton was scheduled to give a presentation at yesterday's council meeting detailing alleged misdeeds by the Mayor, but delayed it until tomorrow. So far, Eagleton has not made public his allegations against the administration.
Omaha, NE – For the fourth straight month, the Business Conditions Index, or leading economic indicator, for the nine-state Mid-America region advanced. According to recent surveys of supply managers, the region will continue to expand at a very healthy pace for the first half of 2011, but with rising inflationary pressures at the wholesale level.
Tulsa, Ok – Tulsa World lays off 18, cites soft economy
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Officials at the Tulsa World have reduced the newspaper's staff by 18 positions, or 3 percent.
Publisher Robert E. Lorton III said Tuesday softness in the local and national economies led to the decision to lay off employees. Lorton says readers and subscribers won't notice any change in the amount of content the newspaper provides.
Executive Editor Joe Worley the newsroom is restructuring to make use of staff in a more efficient manner.