TULSA, Okla. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is scheduled to headline a fundraising breakfast for 1st Congressional District candidate Jim Bridenstine.
The Friday morning event at a south Tulsa hotel asks supporters for donations of between $250 and $2,500, which will go toward the campaign of Bridenstine — a Republican.
Bridenstine upset five-term U.S. Rep. John Sullivan in the June Republican primary election. Bridenstine has aligned himself with the tea party and has run on a platform calling for fresh voices in Washington.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Drought Monitor says drought conditions are worsening throughout Oklahoma.
The latest map, released Thursday, shows that 16 percent of the state is in exceptional drought — the worst classification possible. That's up from 5 percent a week ago.
The exceptional drought covers parts of the Panhandle and western Oklahoma counties that include Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Dewey and Custer. The exceptional drought also dips into Blaine, Canadian and Cleveland counties.
NOBLE, Okla. (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is joining state and federal officials to begin the task of assessing damage to homes and businesses during the state's wildfire outbreak.
Fallin will tour scorched parts of the state on Thursday with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Gov. and U.S. Sen. David Boren is endorsing Democrat Rob Wallace in his race for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Boren's son, U.S. Rep. Dan Boren.
Now the president of the University of Oklahoma, David Boren said in a statement that Wallace has a "strong and proven background in prosecution and law enforcement."
Wallace is a longtime state and federal prosecutor and says the elder Boren's endorsement "is another testament to the coalition of support my campaign is building."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Creek County investigators say two people burning trash likely sparked a massive wildfire last week near Bristow that destroyed dozens of homes and torched more than 90 square miles.
Creek County Sheriff's Lt. Charles Redfern said Tuesday his office confirmed two people were burning trash in a rural area northwest of Bristow on Thursday. He says a joint investigation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs is ongoing, because there is some dispute about whether the blaze started on tribal land.