By: Jay Dillon, Senior Digital Content Manager - email
A legislative dictate that diverted almost $8 million from the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program is unconstitutional, according to the state attorney general.
The ruling was issued Thursday in an opinion signed by Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick. It was written at the request of House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Del City, who last week questioned whether the Legislature has the authority to order the Board of Equalization to reduce OHLAP's funding.
OHLAP provides free tuition to Oklahoma students whose family income is $50,000 or less and maintain a certain high-school grade point average. OHLAP serves about 19,000 students at an annual cost of $60 million.
A roaming pack of dogs is biting people at the State Capitol, according to Animal Control officers.
Two women have filed reports and officers are working to catch the dogs before anything else happens.
One woman had a minor bite on the back of her hamstring, the other was bitten on her butt, according to the bite reports. The bites happened June 4 and 13 on Capitol grounds.
Friendly-looking or not, officers have five traps set up around the Capitol to catch them.
Coming up on Fox at Five, how they're catching the dogs.
Hundreds of immigrant children are in Oklahoma and Governor Marry Fallin will be in Fort Sill this week to tour the Army barracks where they're staying.
Fallin said she will tour the shelter on Friday at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which is overseeing the children's care.
Coming up on Fox at Five, the total number of children currently staying at Fort Sill.
It was a wet start to your Thursday as heavy rain and storms arrived just as you were heading for work, making for a comfortable morning.
On Saturday, summer officially starts the temperatures will prove it. Pack a fan, some water, and look for some shade or air conditioning; it's about to get HOT!
The next chance of rain and when it may cool down coming up on Fox at Five!
The chikungunya virus has made its way to the Sooner State for the first time.
The first confirmed report of the disease that's transmitted by mosquito bites was reported in Tulsa County. Chikungunya is not indigenous to Oklahoma or the continental U.S. The Oklahoman resident who tested positive for the virus recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip.
The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. The Health Department urges those considering traveling to any Caribbean island, South America, Africa or southeast Asia take extra precautions against mosquito bites.
Chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas last year on islands in the Caribbean. Since then, outbreaks have occurred in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Symptoms include high fever and severe pain in multiple joints, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash.