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Budget Chairman Eyes Pay Hikes for DHS Workers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The head of a House budget panel says pay raises for field workers at the Department of Human Services will be a priority for lawmakers as they look to boost funding for the state agency.
Following a joint House and Senate budget committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Jason Nelson said merit-based pay increases for workers in the child welfare, developmental disabilities and family support divisions will be among his top priorities for the agency.
The Department of Human Services has about 7,200 employees and received more than $600 million in state funding last year.
State lawmakers boosted the agency's budget by $50 million last year as part of a settlement agreement with a child advocacy group that sued over the treatment of children in state custody.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 22 2013, 05:21 PM CST
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Okla. court upholds life sentence in uncle's death
May 17, 2013 21:34 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a 38-year-old man who was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting his uncle to death.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Patrick Shane Yargee. A jury in Tulsa County found Yargee guilty in the 2010 shooting death of 48-year-old David Willie Harjo.
Authorities alleged that Yargee shot Harjo eight times in a residence in northern Tulsa. Reports filed in the case indicate that the two men had an argument involving a woman before the shooting.
The five-judge court unanimously rejected Yargee's claims that he was denied a fair trial.
Yargee's defense attorney, Stuart Southerland of the Tulsa County Public Defender's Office, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.