oklahoma News

Oklahoma Reels, Missouri Declares State of Emergency from Storm

Dozens of people were rescued from rising floodwaters and felled trees that smashed homes and blocked roadways in Oklahoma, as severe storms unleashing tornadoes and heavy rain roared through the central United States on Tuesday. Rescue crews using boats pulled …

Oklahoma Receives Grant to Reduce Asbestos in Schools

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $204,000 grant for Oklahoma to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The agency announced Tuesday that the Oklahoma Department of Labor will use the grant for compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, …

Insurer Rate Filings Now Available Online in Oklahoma

Oklahoma residents can learn more about insurance company filings by using a new online tool that contains rate filings for property, casualty, life and health insurance products, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. Consumers can now search for rate and form …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Sentenced for Selling Sans License

A former Oklahoma insurance agent has received a five-year suspended sentence and a $2,500 fine for selling insurance without a license. Preston Chadwick Henson, 44, was convicted of the felony after entering a no contest plea in Kingfisher County. The …

Researchers Developing Tool to Help Oklahoma Farmers Predict Drought

Weather researchers are developing a new tool they say could give Oklahoma farmers and ranchers as much as a month’s warning when drought conditions are on the way. The Evaporative Stress Index is a system being developed by the U.S. …

Workers’ Comp Loss Costs Declining Again in Oklahoma

For the second straight year, workers’ compensation loss costs used by insurers to determine rates for employers will show an overall decrease in Oklahoma. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed an overall loss cost level decrease of …

Workers’ Comp Fraud Charges Filed Against Oklahoma Woman

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says his office has filed charges against a Midwest City woman, accusing of her allegedly attempting to defraud the state’s workers’ compensation system. Pruitt announced that his office had charged 45-year-old Lana Carol Hebrink with …

3 Workers Injured in Oklahoma Cell Phone Tower Incident

Authorities say three people were injured while performing maintenance on a cell phone tower in Norman. Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey says one of the workers apparently passed out while working on the tower. Bailey says the worker was …

Widow Awarded $503K in Contested Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Case

The widow and son of a Bartlesville, Okla., man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that said the man was never with a fire department. Thomas Russell …

Oklahoma Storm Shelter Initiative to Stress General Fund Over Taxes

Oklahoma budget writers say an initiative petition to install storm shelters and safe rooms in every Oklahoma public school could overstress the state’s biggest and most critical revenue fund and slow the flow of tax dollars for vital public services. …