Undated – Wildfire potential enhanced over Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) At least 16 Oklahoma counties will have an enhanced risk for wildfires on Thursday.
The National Weather Service says temperatures ranging from the upper 60s to low 80s and southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph will help increase the wildfire potential, particularly across western Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. firefighters oppose state pension changes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Dozens of Oklahoma firefighters visited the state Capitol to express concern over proposed legislation that could change their pension benefits and guidelines.
A state House committee is scheduled to consider several pension bills Wednesday afternoon. Legislative leaders say modifying Oklahoma's public pension systems is one of their top priorities for the 2011 Legislature because of the systems' $16.5 billion unfunded liability.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. senator seeks AG opinion on education workers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state Senate's top Democrat wants an attorney general's opinion on whether it's legal for state education workers to be paid with private funds.
Senate Democratic Leader Andrew Rice of Oklahoma City said Wednesday that Democrats are concerned that the Department of Education is being directed by senior staff paid by a private foundation instead of with state-appropriated dollars.
Pawhuska, OK – Newly elected district attorney in Okla. deployed
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma district attorney is among those being deployed to Afghanistan where he will lead a combat team as a colonel in the Oklahoma National Guard.
District Attorney Rex Duncan for Osage and Pawnee counties told the Tulsa World that he was told in December he was on a list for possible deployment. Duncan was elected in November and took office in January.
Oklahoma City, OK – Hispanics now outnumber Native Americans in Okla.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) New U.S. Census Bureau figures for Oklahoma show a state that's been considered the heart of the nation's Indian Country since the Trail of Tears nearly two centuries ago now has more residents who identify themselves as Hispanic than Native American.