Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma ME board offers top job to Arizona doctor
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma medical examiner's office says the agency's top job has been offered to a doctor who retired from a job as medical examiner in Phoenix and who worked in the Oklahoma lab during the early 1970s.
Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said the board that supervises the office offered the top position Thursday to Dr. Philip Keen after interviewing three candidates.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma child advocacy group says teen pregnancy rates are climbing in the state after years of decline. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy says the state's teen birthrate ranks fifth in the nation. That's based on analysis of federal health data.
Tulsa, OK – Sarah Palin urging unity among Republicans
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sarah Palin says it's time for Republican Party bosses to put aside their differences and capitalize on a series of victories by tea party-backed candidates heading into the November election.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate spoke to about 1,000 people Wednesday night at a gala in Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 23-year-old Tulsa mother is being held on $250,000 bond. Janette Mickelboro is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her infant son. Police say Mickelboro admitted she tied a blanket around the boy's face to hold his pacifier in place then left him in a chair for several hours.
Washington, D.C. – GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill
WASHINGTON (AP) A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the bill, which has stalled in the Senate for more than a year, adds to the deficit and expands the power of an already troubled agency.