Efforts are under way to improve teaching techniques to serve children with dyslexia. Carrie Brown, with the Payne Alphabet Phonics program, says Oklahoma schools need to address dyslexia.
"In the 30 years that Payne has been a non-profit in Oklahoma City, children with dyslexia have not been served specifically in the schools, with dyslexia being a specific learning disability, which has been recognized in all of the federal and state statutes."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Patrice Douglas says she'll step down as chairwoman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission but will remain on the panel as she focuses on her congressional campaign.
Douglas said Tuesday that she'll become vice chairman of the commission, which regulates utilities, telecommunications and the oil and gas industry. Longtime Commissioner Bob Anthony will take over as chairman effective March 1.
A man is arrested for pointing a hand held laser at the Tulsa Police helicopter. Authorities say the incident happened Saturday night. 42-year Carl Floyd is facing federal charges for shining the laser at the helicopter while it was on patrol near Archer Place. The chopper was about 1,400 feet off the ground at the time.
The FBI offers rewards on of up to $10,000 for information on aircraft laser pointing. There were nearly 4,000 laser attacks on aircraft last year in the U.S.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri authorities say a 45-year-old man is jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder in the case of a missing 10-year-old girl.
Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams says investigators found "evidence of foul play" in the search for Hailey Owens, who was abducted yesterday evening. Amber Alerts were issued in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Missouri sources are reporting the girl's body has been found.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will have even less revenue to appropriate this year for state services than initially projected, in large part due to volatile corporate income tax collections.
A state board headed by Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday certified $6.9 billion in available revenue for the Legislature to spend on state programs for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That amount is more than $188 million less than the Legislature appropriated on state services last year, and $17 million less than was projected in December.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's shortage of execution drugs is becoming increasingly acute as more compounding pharmacies conclude that supplying the lethal chemicals is not worth the bad publicity and the legal and ethical risks.
The scarcity of drugs for lethal injections has forced states to scramble for substitutes. And experts say that whatever alternatives are found will almost certainly face costly court challenges made more complicated by laws that cloak the process in secrecy.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican senator from Oklahoma City has submitted legislation that would cover the remaining costs of building a Native American museum, seven years after construction got underway.
The measure, due for a hearing later Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee, would authorize officials to use $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund.
The bill sponsored by Sen. Kyle Loveless would complete the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River.