Four inmates made a clean getaway from an Anadarko, Okla., jail Sunday after prying open a maintenance hatch in their shower.
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A Q&A on ‘Obamacare’ Court Rulings
On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on the legality of tax subsidies being provided to people who bought “Obamacare” health insurance policies in Oklahoma and 35 other states.
Here’s a look at the rulings’ potential impact in Oklahoma.
Q: I’m confused. What did the courts rule today?
A: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals circuit in Washington, D.C., decided that the government can’t provide tax subsidies for Affordable Care Act plans purchased in 36 states where the federal government is operating the health insurance exchange. Oklahoma is one of the 36 states. A few hours later, the U.S. Court of Appeals circuit in Richmond, Va., issued a conflicting ruling that upheld the legality of the health-care law’s tax subsidies.
June healthy month for Oklahoma jobs
Nearly 10,000 new jobs in Oklahoma were created in June, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday the state experienced one of the largest increases in employment in the nation in June. More than 9,600 additional people joined the state’s workforce in June.
The unemployment rate in June dropped to 4.5 percent, its lowest ratio in six years. June’s rate was down a percentage point from 4.6 percent in May and April, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff
It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
“It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”
University of Central Oklahoma recognized as having friendly work environment
The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.
Central joins Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll.
Oklahoma History Center Museum store sets summer sale dates
Visit the Oklahoma History Center Museum Store for its summer sale July 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers will find bargain prices on many items throughout the store, including deep discounts on items such as Christmas décor, home goods and Oklahoma music.
Sales at the Museum Store support the Oklahoma Historical Society. Additional discounts do not apply to sale-priced items. For more information, call the Museum Store at 522-5214.
Canadian County Republicans schedule runoff debate
The Canadian County Republican Party will present a candidate debate for Republican candidates facing a primary run-off election. Those races include state Senate District 22 (Mark Thomas vs. Stephanie Bice), state House District 43 (John Paul Jordan vs. Jonathan Clour) and County Commissioner District No. 1 (Marc Hader vs. Wesley Higgins).
The debate will be at 7 p.m. July 29 at the Church of Christ-South Yukon, 11700 N.W. 10th St. in Yukon.
Stephanie Bice, of Edmond, who is running for state Senate District 22, and Wesley Higgins, who is seeking the Canadian County Commissioner District No. 1, declined invitations to debate their opponents citing scheduling conflicts.
Senate District 22 includes a portion of Edmond and Deer Creek. The winner of the Aug. 26 runoff election in this race will be the next senator for the district.
Candidates in attendance without an opponent to debate will have the opportunity to answer questions and to address the voters present. The public is invited.
State: No plan yet for NORCE buildings
A year from closing date, lawmaker wants study on who gets what
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Family, friends remember Garner’s Norman roots
Flowers started arriving at the James Garner statue at Main Street and Jones Avenue Sunday morning after residents learned of the famed actor and Norman native’s death Saturday night in California.
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