OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The possibility of closing a facility in Pauls Valley that houses some of Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents is drawing impassioned pleas from some family members of the more than 120 people who live there.
Several family members spoke out Tuesday during a regular meeting of the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services.
The commission is considering whether to consolidate the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The possibility of closing a facility in Pauls Valley that houses some of Oklahoma's most severely developmentally disabled residents will be discussed during a regular meeting of the panel that oversees the Department of Human Services.
The Commission for Human Services will meet Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
The commission is expected to receive comments from groups that represent residents of both the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley and the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.
DRUMRIGHT, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a fire truck crashed into a minivan that turned in front of it.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the collision happened Sunday afternoon on Oklahoma Highway 16 in Creek County. Authorities say the Olive Fire Department was responding to a fire with its emergency lights engaged at the time of the crash.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An electronic system to connect Oklahoma with other states to track sales of drugs containing a key ingredient in methamphetamine is expected to be running by October 1st.
A state law approved earlier this year established the system went into effect July 1st — and state Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said work to integrate the state's current system into the system is under way.
Woodward said Oklahoma is the only state that already has a real-time tracking system in place while other states were simply "plugged into" the larger system.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reports filed with the state Ethics Commission show lobbyists provided 37 Oklahoma lawmakers with tickets to Oklahoma Thunder NBA games during the past season.
The reports filed Friday show corporate lobbyists spent about $4,000 for the tickets and to host the lawmakers at the games throughout the year.
The most tickets — 29 — were handed out by The State Chamber. Chamber lobbyist Gwendolyn Caldwell says that helps her build better relationships with lawmakers and to connect lawmakers with business leaders.
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned in Okemah Lake in eastern Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 41-year-old Okemah resident Paul Lombard was swimming in a designated area near the west shore when he attempted to swim across the cove around 6:30 p.m. Friday. About halfway there, he turned back but wasn't able to make it shore.
Troopers say Lombard called out for help but couldn't stay afloat.
A dive team using side scan radar recovered his body about 25 yards from the south shore in 18 feet of water.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing part of a controversial rule that sets the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants.
The rule was issued in December. It's aimed at curbing mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
The Obama administration calls the rule a sensible step to reduce pollution, but Republicans have denounced it as a part of a "war on coal." The rule could force hundreds of the nation's oldest and dirtiest power plants to clean up or shut down.