Washington (CNN) – The son of U.S. Sen. James Inhofe radioed that he was having control problems with his twin-engine airplane and that one of the engines had shut down shortly before the plane crashed November 10, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Perry Inhofe, an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa and the only person on the plane, died in the Owasso, Oklahoma, crash.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Oklahoma lost another round in its effort to restrict abortions when the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear an appeal in a case that would force women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound first.
The justices, without comment, refused to accept the state's appeal over HB 2780, which would require healthcare providers to perform an ultrasound scan before terminating a woman's pregnancy.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a pending appeal from Oklahoma officials who were defending a state law limiting abortions performed with medicine instead of surgery.
The law would have regulated the ability of doctors to prescribe a medication regime - using RU-486 pills - to terminate early pregnancies, and make it a crime to deviate from the federal government-approved dosage and time limits on the drugs.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Oklahoma's Republican governor said Sunday it would be fitting for President Barack Obama to speak out on the murder of Christopher Lane, the Australian college student who was gunned down in a murder that police say was motivated only by boredom.
"I think it would be a nice gesture for him to do that, particularly since the country of Australia has expressed their sentiments as to the murder itself," Gov. Mary Fallin said on "Fox News Sunday," adding she herself was planning to telephone Lane's parents when time differences between the United States and Australia allowed.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly six in ten Americans say the federal government should provide funds to states slammed by natural disasters without having to cut spending in other areas of the budget, according to a new national poll.
Fifty-nine percent of people questioned in a Washington Post/Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday say federal emergency aid does not need to be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget, as some GOP lawmakers have urged. Nearly seven in ten Democrats, 57% of independents, and even 52% of Republicans questioned agree.
(CNN) - Oklahomans have the nation behind them as they struggle to bounce back from tornadoes that tore through the state last week, President Barack Obama said Sunday in the devastated city of Moore.
"As fellow Americans, we're going to be there as shelter from the storm for the people of Moore who have been impacted," he said, "and when we say that we've got your back, I promise you that we keep our word."FULL STORY
(CNN) – As President Barack Obama heads to Oklahoma on Sunday for a firsthand look at the miles of debris left by last week’s tornado, the state’s governor says her chief request for the federal government is help plowing through regulatory hurdles.
“Basically what I need is the ability to get through red tape, the ability to get the FEMA funds in here quickly and to get the services that our citizens need to help them recover through this terrible disaster,” Gov. Mary Fallin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
(CNN) - The images of destroyed homes, crushed playgrounds and shattered lives around storm-ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, are heart-wrenching enough, and yet more devastating because the area has been hit hard before by tornadoes.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from the state, asked people around the country to donate to victims from Monday's deadly tornado as they seek to "overcome this tragedy as we have demonstrated in the past.
(CNN) – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant got a phone call from Joe Biden Tuesday after the vice president received word of Durant’s million-dollar pledge to help relief efforts after Monday’s tornado.