OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services says it will have funding to help low income residents pay summer cooling bills.
DHS says it will be taking applications starting July 9 for assistance through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The agency says it will have about $22 million for this year's program.
Eligibility is based on the size and the monthly income of the household. The one-time payments are $200 for a one-person household and $250 for a home with two or more people.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 20-year-old broadcast journalism major has won the 2012 title of Miss Oklahoma.
Pageant spokeswoman Mollie Collins says Alicia Clifton — who competed as Miss Edmond LibertyFest — was crowned Saturday night. Collins says Clifton is a junior at the University of Oklahoma who emphasized a platform of "lifelong volunteerism." The Oklahoma City resident won a $16,000 scholarship.
Miss Oklahoma State Fair, 24-year-old Damaris Pierce, was the first-runner up. She won $7,000.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas says his influence as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee is the prime reason he should be re-elected to an 11th term representing the state's 3rd Congressional District.
Lucas faces William Craig Stump for the Republican nomination in the June 26 primary.
Democrats Timothy Ray Murray and Frankie Robbins are competing for their party's nomination in the November general election. Independent candidate William Sanders of Stillwater will also appear on the general election ballot.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes has passed a resolution supporting the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations in their dispute with the state of Oklahoma over water.
The two tribes filed a federal lawsuit against the state in August — seeking to maintain control of the water in southeastern Oklahoma. The lawsuit has been stayed while the two sides work with a court-appointed mediator.
The Oklahoman reports that the council approved the resolution during a meeting Friday in Norman.
SPENCER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma County Sheriff Office has issued an Amber alert for a 2-year-old girl who was inside a vehicle when it was carjacked. The girl was found safe about 2:30 Saturday morning. The search continues for the suspect.
In the alert sent to media organizations early Saturday, authorities say Taleah Hill was inside the Chevy when it was stolen and seen leaving a residence in Spencer around 11:20 p.m. Friday.
They say the suspect was 18 to 25 and last seen wearing a black t-shirt and a blue bandanna.