Sand Springs, OK – The state workers union is coming out against state question 744. The measure would require Oklahoma to fund education at the regional average.
Oklahoma Public Employees Association Director Sterling Zearly says that money will come from other state services such as juvenile affairs. Zearly and members of the One Oklahoma Coalition held a news conference outside the Rader Center at Sand Springs. Rader has been targeted for closing.
Oklahoma City, OK – Still no endorsement for Fallin after GOP primary
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Nearly a week after U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin fended off a tough primary challenge from tea party-backed conservative state Sen. Randy Brogdon, Fallin still hasn't received an endorsement from her challenger.
Although Brogdon couldn't be reached for comment Monday, signs point to a likely endorsement.
He and Fallin are scheduled to meet Wednesday at her Oklahoma City headquarters and hold a joint press conference afterward.
Tulsa, OK – Ex-Okla officer avoids prison for firearms charges
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa County judge says a former Tulsa police officer who pleaded guilty to two firearms charges won't be convicted of a felony if he completes his probation requirements.
District Judge Carlos Chappelle on Monday gave Thomas Fees a three-year deferred sentence for felony pointing a firearm and a one-year suspended sentence for the misdemeanor of carrying a firearm while intoxicated. Fees will be on probation for three years.
Tulsa, OK – Heat warnings issued for parts of Oklahoma
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for five eastern Oklahoma counties as temperatures across the state are expected to reach triple digits.
Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Sequoyah and Muskogee counties are covered under the warning, which is in effect until Thursday night. Much of the rest of eastern Oklahoma is under a heat advisory until Tuesday night.
Oklahoma City, OK – Lobbyist spending on Okla legislators increases
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Funding for state agencies was down in Oklahoma, but spending by lobbyists on legislators was up during the past legislative session.
According to Oklahoma Ethics Commission records, lobbyists spent $51,133, or 24 percent more, on lawmakers from January to June. Nearly all of that was for meals. During the same period in 2009, lobbyists spent $38,587.