TULSA, Okla. (AP) — As Oklahoma heads into the cruel summer months, area shelters and pantries are scrambling to keep pace with the demand for services.
Workers are making sure plenty of water and food are stocked on shelves and are finding additional bed space for the thousands of homeless men and women they anticipate will seek shelter from the sweltering heat.
For many, the heat is an unwelcome repeat of last year's record-busting summer in Oklahoma, when supplies began running low and panic set in as those in need kept coming at a steady clip.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior has asked a federal judge for an injunction against the Cherokee Nation to prevent the tribe from denying tribal citizenship for the descendants of freed slaves.
The agency filed a counter-lawsuit in the long-running case on Monday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa.
The department argued an 1866 treaty between the federal government and the tribe provided the Cherokee freedmen and their descendants with all the rights of native Cherokees.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford says it will take years to trim the U.S. debt level that is nearing $16 trillion.
Lankford discussed the nation's budget issues Tuesday during a citizens' forum in Oklahoma City.
Lankford says the U.S. budget deficit this year will be about $1 trillion, roughly $300 billion less than last year. He says House Republicans have developed a plan to dramatically reduce the debt over 10 years.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After the threat of wildfires put a damper on many Independence Day celebrations last year, only two of Oklahoma's 77 counties are banning outdoor burning and the use of fireworks as this year's Fourth of July holiday approaches.
County commissioners in Beaver and LeFlore counties have issued burn bans.
Beaver County emergency management director Keith Shadden says no one wanted to enact a burn ban so close to July 4, but officials were receiving several fire calls a day, and at least one of the fires was started with fireworks.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Payne County Commission has approved an agreement that requires TransCanada to pay for any damage caused by heavy trucks or equipment as it builds the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline through the area.
TransCanada is expected to begin construction soon on the pipeline that will run from Cushing to refineries in Texas. The Stillwater NewsPress reports (http://is.gd/kq9lJa ) that the county had a similar agreement with TransCanada when it built the smaller Keystone pipeline.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — In a near-repeat of last summer, drought conditions are expanding throughout Oklahoma, causing lower water levels at several area lakes and rivers, and some forecasters are predicting little relief in sight as the state enters the worst of the season.
Even though some parts of the state could see a chance of rain next week, the National Weather Service notes that summer's not even half over yet.