A Republican state Representative from Chickasha says he's resigning his seat immediately to reportedly take a job with the federal government.

Rep. Scott Biggs was first elected to office in 2012, and re-elected in 2016.

In his resignation letter, Biggs says his new post will be to promote Oklahoma's agriculture industry, but did not specify what job he will take.

"I believe I can do much more for our state as I work to promote the agriculture industry in Oklahoma, which has always been and will continue to be an integral part of my family's heritage."

A bill that moves approximately $23 million from the Rainy Day Fund to the state’s mental health agency is now heading to the governor's desk. It's the first bill to pass both chambers since the special legislative session began six weeks ago.

House Bill 1081X allocates $23.3 million from the fund to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Headlines for Thursday, November 2, 2017:

  • Governor Fallin is getting a measure to take money from the state’s Rainy Day fund. (Tulsa World)

  • House passes a measure to increase the tax on thousands of oil and gas wells. (Journal Record)

Headlines for Wednesday, November 1, 2017:

  • More changes are coming at the top of the beleaguered State Health Department. (NewsOK)

  • State Auditor starts process of looking into the finances of the Health Department. (Journal Record)

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One Oklahoma man is using his combined passion for martial arts and counseling to teach women how to help prevent sexual assault.

A recent study by the Center for Disease Control shows one in four women will experience an assault in her lifetime. There are resources for women available, but only a few focus on preventative care and instead offer treatment for coping.

President Trump's pick for the next head of NASA, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., will have his Senate nomination hearing on Wednesday. He's been controversial because of his views on climate change.


ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Tomorrow, senators will get a chance to question President Trump's pick for the head of NASA. The nominee is Congressman Jim Bridenstine. He's a Republican from Oklahoma. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports that some are questioning whether he's got the right stuff.

Headlines for Tuesday, October 31, 2017:

  • Lawmakers pass bills to fix the state’s budget shortfall and stave off cuts. (NewsOK)

  • Changes are coming to the State Health Department amid a budget crisis. (NewsOK)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield faces lawsuits from rural hospitals. (NewsOK)

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Headlines for Monday, October 30, 2017:

  • Lawmakers look at Plan B after measure to fix shortfall died in a House committee. (Tulsa World)

  • Agencies brace for deeper cuts with budget deal failure. (Journal Record)

Headlines for Friday, October 27, 2017:

  • State Senate tries to break a stalemate between House Democrats and Republicans. (Tulsa World)

  • The Health Department begins furloughs and layoffs to deal with cuts in its budget. (NewsOK)