Oklahoma City, OK – Appointee will wait to take Supreme Court oath
(Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma County judge appointed to the state Supreme Court says she'll wait until after a legal challenge is settled before taking her oath of office.
Former Gov. Brad Henry appointed Noma Gurich to the Supreme Court three days before his term expired on Jan. 10. He selected Gurich from three candidates submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Tulsa, OK – 700 Tulsa County workers to be paid for snow days
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa County officials say about 700 employees will be paid for five days they did not work because recent snowstorms resulted in the closure of county offices.
Officials tell the Tulsa World the payments will cost the county about $575,000. County Commission chairman Fred Perry says the workers are being paid because the decision to close the county administration building was made by management.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla governor seek to expedite review of challenge
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin says she's joined 28 other Republican governors who sent a letter to President Obama asking him to direct the Department of Justice to expedite the appeals process of the pending state lawsuits against the federal health care bill.
Washington, D.C. – Boren, Jones lead US House military depot caucus
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Congressmen from Oklahoma and North Carolina will be the leaders of a military depot caucus in the U.S. House.
Reps. Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Walter Jones, R-N.C., will serve as co-chairmen of the House Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus. Boren says the group of House members focuses on policy issues affecting military facilities including aviation depots, shipyards, arsenals, ammunition plants and energetic material production facilities.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. judge to handle cases of slain Arizona judge
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge in Oklahoma City will take over some of the criminal cases assigned to a federal judge in Arizona who was killed in a shooting at a congresswoman's event in Tucson, Ariz.
U.S. District Judge Tim Leonard told The Oklahoman that he volunteered to take cases assigned to Judge John Roll. Leonard said he's been approved by federal court officials to regularly travel to Tucson for the remainder of the year to handle the cases.