OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced $6.6 million in grants to renew support for 55 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.
The grants announced Tuesday support programs that include street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to individuals and families with children who are homeless. The grants also support job training; health care; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment; and child care.
GANS, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have discovered a body inside a home that burned two weeks ago in eastern Oklahoma.
Authorities in Sequoyah County say firefighters believed the home was vacant when they extinguished the blaze in Gans two weeks ago. But according to Fort Smith television station KHBS, a man's body was discovered inside the home on Monday.
Authorities say the victim's body was sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy and positive identification.
Fire investigators say they don't yet know how the fire started.
This week motorist will notice several new signs in Okmulgee County placed there to warn of the dangers of driving into flooded roadways.
The new signs warn drivers that “When Flooded Turn Around Don't Drown”.
Last year, in the U.S. 85 people lost their lives to freshwater flooding. More than half of those fatalities were a result of people driving into floodwaters. With $8.3 billion in damages annually, flooding causes more property damage in the United States than any other weather related event.
An order to more than triple the intake rate of inmates into state prisons is helping reduce the backlog in county jails in Oklahoma. It’s an action ordered by new Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton.
Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says it is helping cut the numbers in the overcrowded David Moss Center here.Glanz says since the effort to clear the inmate backlog began, numbers of those awaiting transfer in the Tulsa County jail have dropped from around 100 a day to 20 a day.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for a lesbian couple suing an Oklahoma court clerk to have their out-of-state marriage recognized in Oklahoma say the defendant is denying the progress of contraception and reproductive technologies.
Susan Barton and Gay Phillips were married in California in 2008. They're suing Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith to have their marriage recognized in Oklahoma.
Smith argues that marriage exists for its procreative potential.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two of the top Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn say they've raised at least $800,000 since announcing plans to run.
Current U.S. Rep. James Lankford and former House Speaker T.W. Shannon both reported Monday they raised more than $800,000 during the quarter that ended on March 31. Federal campaign finance reports on campaign fundraising and expenditures during the first quarter are not due until April 15, but both released their totals early.
This week is Work Zone Awareness Week, a national campaign to remind drivers to slow down and follow posted speed limits when they encounter road work.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cole Hackett said it doesn’t keep just workers safe.
"Anytime there's cones and barrels, we ask people to slow down and follow the posted speed limits, because they're not there just to protect the workers," Hackett said. "A lot of times there will be lane shifts, things like that where it requires a lower speed for people going through there."