The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf.
Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.
As the summer break begins, Oklahoma public schools are weighing what flat budgets will mean for their ability to put enough teachers in the classroom in the fall.
The challenge arises from the Legislature’s decision not to increase K-12 funding because of a $611 million budget shortfall. The standalone budget for education means teachers will not get a pay raise and will remain some of the lowest paid in the country.
School officials worry that more teachers will leave the profession and teacher prospects will either seek jobs in other states or choose another career.
Given the choice between the crippling drought of the past nearly five years and the ongoing threat of flooding Oklahoma farmers and ranchers are currently dealing with, Chris Kirby with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says she’ll take the rain every time.
“I’ve heard some people say, ‘well, I don’t want to complain about the rain, because the last time I did, it quit raining for six years,” Kirby tells StateImpact.
Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.
"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and, sitting in for Neva Hill, Executive VP Jonathan Small about the end of the legislative session and impact of the budget passed by lawmakers.
The trio also discuss a bill which would change how drug money is handled through civil asset forfeiture and the move by Nebraska to abolish the death penalty.