IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD -OKLAHOMA
Immigrant children being placed with sponsors
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The federal government says more than 200 unaccompanied children in Oklahoma have been placed with sponsors so far this year.
The federal government released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of the numbers of unaccompanied minors in each state that have been placed with parents, relatives or family friends.
The federal government says that from Jan. 1 to July 7, 212 unaccompanied children have been placed with a sponsor.
Hundreds of teenagers have been housed at a troop barracks at Fort Sill in southwest Oklahoma after detention centers near the border were overwhelmed with an influx of young people crossing the border.
The federal government says that all of the minors who have been placed with children have been vaccinated and medically cleared.
Ex-BizJet official pleads guilty to bribery charge
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The former president and CEO of BizJet International Sales and Support Inc. has pleaded guilty in federal court in Tulsa to his role in what prosecutors say was a scheme to bribe foreign government officials.
BizJet is a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG with headquarters in Tulsa. The company provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Bernd Kowalewski pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a scheme to pay bribes to officials in Mexico and Panama in exchange for assistance in securing contracts for BizJet.
Kowalewski is the third of four men indicted in the case to plead guilty. The fourth man is believed to be living abroad.
Kowalewski was arrested in March in Amsterdam and waived extradition.
Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma
FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a skydiver from Illinois has been killed while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers.
Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 69-year-old Jim Yost died Tuesday from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned.
Yost, a funeral director from Champaign, Illinois, was taking part in the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team's semi-annual jump school near Frederick, Oklahoma, when the accident occurred.
Tillman County Sheriff Bobby Whittington says his office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the death.
Members of the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team honor veterans by participating in jumps that are modeled after paratroopers during the war.
OCU prepares to move law library downtown
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City University's School of Law is moving its library into a historic building in downtown Oklahoma City.
More than 90,000 books and 22 cabinets of microfiche will begin making the move Thursday into the old Central High School building at 800 North Harvey. The move is part of the law school's transition into the historic building that has been completely renovated.
Among the items in the law library's collection are a collection of Native American documents, including tribal codes, constitutions, cases, and materials on tribal customs and practices. Current OCU President Robert Henry also donated all of his judicial papers from his tenure as chief judge of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver.
Moving the library is expected to take about two weeks.
CareerTech board names Mack as interim director
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education has named CareerTech deputy state director and chief operating officer Marcie Mack as interim director.
The board named Mack interim director on Wednesday after accepting the resignation of Director Robert Sommers. Sommers' has announced that he is stepping down Aug. 15 in order to spend more time with his family in Ohio.
Mack has worked at the department since 2013 after spending more than 19 years at Autry Technology Center where she served in a variety of positions - including assistant superintendent.
JOURNAL RECORD-PUBLISHER LEAVING
The Journal Record president and publisher leaving
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The president and publisher of The Journal Record is leaving the newspaper to become president and CEO of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
The Journal Record reported Thursday that Mary Mélon will leave Aug. 30 after working there for nearly two decades. Mélon said she has decided that it's time for her to focus on improving and supporting Oklahoma City schools.
Mélon first worked at The Journal Record in advertising starting in 1993 and - after a brief move into radio - returned to The Journal Record in 1995 as advertising director and became vice president and publisher in 2001.
She was named president of The Journal Record Publishing Company in 2006 and was promoted to group publisher with responsibility for operations in multiple markets in 2011.
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