Oklahoma City, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is seeking federal approval for a program to offer cash rebates for consumers to trade old household appliances for new, energy-efficient models.
Patterned after the government's popular Cash for Clunkers auto program, commerce officials hope to get approval for $3.5 million worth of rebates.
The agency hopes to start the program in early spring, giving rebates of $50 to $250 for the purchase of power-saving appliances with the Energy Star rating.
Oklahoma City, OK – Steele chosen as speaker-designate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Rep. Kris Steele will serve as the House Speaker-designate for the 2011 legislative session, should Republicans hold onto their majority following the 2010 elections.
Steele, R-Shawnee, was selected during a House Republican caucus on Monday. Rep. Ken Miller, R-Edmond, dropped out of the race to replace Republican House Speaker Chris Benge, leaving Steele as the sole candidate.
Detroit, MI – A Detroit Shock official says the WNBA team is moving to Tulsa, Okla.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because he was not authorized to make the announcement.
Detroit made its debut in the league in 1998 and won titles in 2008, 2006 and 2003. The Shock lost last month to the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference finals after rallying to earn a playoff spot.
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma makes more cuts to budgets
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The effect of state budget cuts are continuing to ripple through Oklahoma agencies. In some cases, the cuts are hurting people who need help the most.
For instance, a cut in funding for the state Commission for Human Services means local programs won't get as much money as before. A Tulsa program that delivers food to house-bound senior citizens is cutting its work by about half, ending meal deliver for 1,100 people.