OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are proposing a major overhaul of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that includes abolishing the agency's current governing board and replacing it with four separate advisory panels, each charged with overseeing a different agency division.
House Speaker Kris Steele unveiled the proposals on Monday with members of a House working group that has been studying the agency since the state settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit over how Oklahoma cares for vulnerable children.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal agency says in a letter to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that it could lose federal funding because of its public reports on the histories of children who are killed or nearly killed by child abuse or neglect.
State Representative Jason Nelson calls the threat "irresponsible" and says more than $50 million is at stake.
The letter from the federal Administration for Children and Families says state law allowing public disclosure of previous investigations involving suspected child abuse goes beyond what is allowed in federal law.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Chairman of Oklahoma's Republican Party says a sergeant at arms and a Cleveland county deputy had to break up an altercation between supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul and likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney yesterday.
Oklahoma's State Republican Party convention turned raucous as a Ron Paul supporter was allegedly struck by a man wearing a Romney campaign sticker during the convention in Norman.
Paul supporter Lukus Collins said Sunday that one person was hit in the head and another in the back during Saturday's meeting.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge could decide whether a little-known Indian tribe of 350 members can legally build a casino in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.
Oklahoma's attorney general has sued the Kialegee Tribal Town in federal court, asking for an injunction to halt building at the site. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Tulsa before U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell.
Opponents of the casino say the tribe doesn't have the authority under federal law to operate a gaming facility.
CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says four people died when a small plane crashed in southeastern Kansas. All the people on board the plane had ties to Tulsa's Oral Roberts University.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson says five people were aboard the twin-engine Cessna 401 when it went down around 4:30 p.m. Friday northwest of Chanute. Knudson says the eight-seat plane caught fire after the crash. It had apparently taken off earlier in the afternoon from the Jones-Riverside Airport in Tulsa.