Oklahoma City, OK – Government approves disaster designation
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved all 77 Oklahoma counties for a federal disaster designation due to extreme weather conditions during the past year.
Gov. Brad Henry said Wednesday farmers and ranchers in the state are eligible for low-interest Farm Service Agency loans to cover losses caused by extreme weather between September 2008 and June of this year.
McAlester, OK – A grand jury indictment unsealed today alleges new charges of child molestation against a man about to be released from custody after serving time for child sexual abuse.
David Harold Earls is accused of three counts of lewd and lascivious or indecent acts with a child under 16, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.
The grand jury accused Earls, 65, of molesting two children, one 5 years old and the other 6 years old, between May 9, 2008, and July 20, 2008. The indictment alleges Earls touched the children "in a lewd and lascivious manner."
Fond Du Lac, Wis. – Okla. plant to lose jobs if concessions pass
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) A Mercury Marine spokesman says some jobs at its Stillwater, Okla., plant will be eliminated if the labor union at its Fond du Lac plant approves a package of wage and benefit concessions.
Steve Fleming said Wednesday that some work from Oklahoma, but not all of it, will be shifted to Fond du Lac if union members voting Thursday and Friday approve the concessions. He had no other details.
ON PUBLIC RADIO 89.5 HD1 – Tune in this Friday for an hour-long NPR program on the debate over health care in America. This news special will recap recent political developments in the health care debate and explore the roles various parties - patients, physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, the government, business - play in the current health care system, and in the debate over the future of health care in America.
Tulsa, OK – Expert: Swine flu remains mild in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The director of one of Oklahoma's largest local health departments says swine flu is the state's most immediate health concern.
Tulsa City-County Health Department director Gary Cox said Tuesday most cases of the virus, also known as H1N1, have been mild in Oklahoma. But Cox also says health authorities are monitoring the virus carefully, especially with the start of the school year.
ON PUBLIC RADIO 89.5 HD1 – Marketplace Thursday, September 10, 7:00 PM Host Kai Ryssdal reports on how the collapse of Lehman Brothers shook our belief in the financial system. Just one year ago, most Americans believed their money was safely invested in their 401K plans and their houses would be worth more every year. People on Wall Street believed that too, and they made big bets on mortgage-backed securities. No one believed that a financial powerhouse like Lehman Brothers could collapse.