.TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is applauding efforts to create a cabinet level position in the Oklahoma governor's office that would be dedicated to Native American affairs.
State Democratic Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita has authored a bill that would create an executive branch cabinet secretary of Native American Affairs. The secretary would be designated the Oklahoma Native American liaison. Hoskin is also the Cherokee Nation chief of staff.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A nine-member committee that oversees the long-term management of state buildings is urging the Legislature to support a bond issue of up to $160 million to repair the state Capitol.
The Long-Range Capitol Planning Commission voted Thursday to send a letter to lawmakers urging support of the bond issue.
The Senate already has passed a bill authorizing up to $160 million in bonds to pay for an overhaul of the nearly 100-year-old building. That measure is pending in the House, where conservatives have rejected the idea of borrowing money.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service says Oklahoma will likely see a roller coaster of temperatures over the next few days, with warm weather and a high fire risk Friday followed by the possibility of wintry weather during the weekend.
Forecasters say Oklahoma will see high temperatures Friday in the 60s and 70s with breezy and dry weather creating dangerous wildfire conditions in parts of the state. But on Saturday night, a strong storm system will enter the state, bringing the possibility of freezing rain.