OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A recent survey of supply managers suggests growing economic strength in a nine-state region of the Plains and Midwest.
The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 60.0 in April, compared with 58.6 in March and 58.4 in February.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says in a report released Tuesday that heavy manufacturing continues to be propel economic growth for the region, with export-oriented manufacturers leading the way.
MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma — but officials say there are no reports of injuries or serious damage.
Meteorologist Rick Smith with the weather service in Norman says the tornadoes touched down near Medford in north-central Oklahoma on Monday night. Meteorologist Bart Haaky with the weather service in Tulsa says at least one twister also touched down near Nowata.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A United Nations official plans to visit the University of Tulsa on Thursday to meet with tribal leaders from across the region about their concerns and what challenges they face in years to come.
Tribes will meet with James Anaya, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.
Anaya has made several stops in the U.S. in recent weeks and eventually will report his findings to the Human Rights Council. He's also a professor at the University of Arizona.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a proposal to give "personhood" rights to human embryos is unconstitutional.
The ruling Monday comes as supporters of the measure are trying to gather signatures to put it before Oklahoma voters on the November ballot. Their effort would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to define a fertilized human egg as a person.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out the results of a race for a House seat in Tulsa that was originally won by three votes.
Monday's decision by the state's highest court means the House District 71 seat in central Tulsa will remain vacant until November.
The justices voted 8-0 to invalidate the results of the election and wrote in a one-page order that "the election is void." Justice John Reif earlier Monday recused himself from the case. A reason was not given, but Reif is from Tulsa where the election was held.