Fox at Five: children of illegal immigrants to be housed at Fort Sill
By: Jay Dillon, Senior Digital Content Manager - email
Officials say unaccompanied children who were apprehended as they tried to enter the U.S. illegally will be housed at Fort Sill by the end of the week.
Fort Sill was chosen by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as one of three locations in the country that will house the unaccompanied children, joining Joint Base San Antonio in Texas and Naval Base Ventura County in California.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, along with Representative James Lankford and Senator Jim Inhofe, have expressed outrage about the decision, with all three putting the blame squarely on President Barack Obama. Click here to read their statements.
Fort Sill is expected to take in between 600 and 1200 children temporarily and they will be taken care of by ACF. A facility at Fort Sill, typically used by soldiers and apart from main post, will offer sleeping quarters, bathing and toilet facilities, and gathering areas.
The children are expected to begin arriving this week.
A Custer County Jail escapee is back in custody almost one day after he escaped by stealing a car while picking up trash in Arapaho.
Nicholas Todd Van Brunt, 36, was working as a trustee, picking up trash at the sheriff's office in Arapaho Sunday when authorities say he stole a car around 10:00 AM Sunday. According to officials, the car's owner left the keys in the ignition.
Authorities say Van Brunt was spotted at the Weatherford Walmart around 1:15 PM Sunday but he was gone before police arrived. Law enforcement say Van Brunt ditched the car he stole from the sheriff's office about 20 miles north of Arapaho and stole another vehicle from the Walmart parking lot.
They said they also found the vehicle stolen from the Walmart parking lot.
Police have arrested the driver of a pick-up truck for a DUI Monday morning. Police say two people were sent to the hospital after the red pick-up truck smashed into the back of a parked semi-truck.
It happened around 5:15 AM on Broadway Ext. Service Rd. right before the Kilpatrick Turnpike. Two people, including the driver, were cut from the pick-up truck and rushed to the hospital.
The driver, Alex Nikdel, was arrested for DUI with great bodily injury.
A big upper-level low is centered on Oklahoma with the dry slot parking itself in the Sooner State. That doesn't mean the rain is done. A few showers are already making their way into NW Oklahoma, with more rain expected in central Oklahoma later Monday and into Tuesday.
Is the next gold rush right here in Oklahoma City? The precious metal is being discovered in the Sooner State but is in an extremely unlikely location.
Tonight on the Primetime News at Nine, the unlikely place locals are panning for gold.
The White House wants to ease the burden for those seeking a college degree. President Barack Obama directed the secretary of Education to propose regulations that would allow millions of student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments.
Dubbing it a "no-brainer," President Barack Obama expanded a program Monday capping monthly student loan payments for 5 million more borrowers at an unknown cost to taxpayers. Obama also threw his support behind legislation that Democrats are using to paint Republicans as blocking relief for Americans inundated by student debt.
With a group of student loan borrowers looking on, Obama put his pen to a presidential memorandum that will allow those who borrowed through the federal government before 2007 to pay no more than 10 percent of their income in monthly payments. Existing programs created by Congress and Obama already offer that benefit to recent borrowers; Obama's memo will make it fully retroactive.
Devon Energy has given the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma a $1.1 million gift to support its Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers' Food and Fund Drive.
The food bank said Monday the gift will provide 5.56 million meals for Oklahomans who don't always have access to food.
Also, 550 Devon employees sorted and boxed 259,000 pounds of food during a May 21 event in downtown Oklahoma City, filling six tractor-trailers. The food bank said the number of workers at its volunteer center would have needed nine days to complete the same work.
The Regional Food Bank says Devon and its workers have donated more than 45,000 pounds of food and raised more than $6.5 million over the last 10 years.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.