OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Woody Guthrie's hometown will celebrate the folk singer's 100th birthday this weekend, even though a local state lawmaker said Guthrie was "probably not one of the favorite sons" while he was alive.
Saturday marks the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, which will be feted as part of the 15th annual Woody Guthrie Festival in the eastern Oklahoma town of Okemah.
Democratic State Senator Roger Ballenger notes that while Guthrie wasn't popular while alive, fondness for his music grew in the years following his death in 1967.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Members of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation, including the lone Democrat, have voted for a resolution to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Congressman Dan Boren joined fellow U.S. Representatives Tom Cole, James Lankford, Frank Lucas and John Sullivan, all Republicans, in passing HR 6079, which would repeal the law in its entirety. Boren was among five U.S. House Democrats who voted for the resolution on Wednesday.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As extreme drought and scorching heat creep back into the Southern Plains, ranchers and state foresters fear a repeat of last summer's tinderbox conditions that turned pastures into wasteland, sparked hundreds of wildfires and ravaged countless acres of crops.
The region is emerging from a blistering June where temperatures reached 112 degrees in the Oklahoma towns of Buffalo and Freedom and 106 degrees in Harrison and Russellville in Arkansas.
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — The two Republicans vying for the 2nd Congressional District nomination will meet next week for a debate.
Markwayne Mullin and George Faught are scheduled to debate Monday at Rogers State University in Claremore. The event is sponsored by RSU-TV, the Claremore Daily Progress, the Claremore Chamber of Commerce and the RSU Department of Communications.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — A Sperry man has been ordered to stand trial on a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of a transportation worker.
Special Judge John Gerkin scheduled a July 25 formal arraignment for Deven Franklin on Tuesday after determining there was enough evidence for Franklin to be bound over for trial. Franklin also is charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Franklin is accused in the Nov. 30 death of 42-year-old Ira Henderson.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say Oklahoma is expected to make a record $306 million deposit into its Rainy Day Fund this week after the final revenue figures from the 2012 fiscal year are totaled.
But figures released Tuesday by the Office of State Finance showed collections to the state's general revenue fund in June were down by about $45 million compared to June 2011. The decline is mostly because of a nearly 60 percent drop in tax collections on oil and natural gas production.
DALLAS (AP) — A labor union says it has tentative contract agreements that would grant pay raises for mechanics and other ground workers at American Airlines.
The Transport Workers Union says a ratification vote will end in August before a federal bankruptcy court judge rules on whether American can impose its own terms for pay and benefits. The contract proposal calls for a 3% increase in pay. That is the same pay-hike offered to the pilot’s union.