OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The ACLU and other groups have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Oklahoma business owners engaged in a human trafficking scheme that lured workers from the Philippines promising good wages, but instead used them as cheap labor. A complaint seeking class-action status filed Wednesday says three Filipino workers brought to Clinton, about 80 miles west of Oklahoma City, paid thousands of dollars in recruiting fees to cover visa-related costs that should be incurred by U.S. employers.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drought conditions are increasing in several states, and extreme heat and weeks with little rain have begun to stress corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock in some areas. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says nearly 11 percent of the continental United States is in moderate drought or worse.
ENID, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma sheriff who was indicted with five others in the death of an inmate remains on the job, but two other employees have been placed on administrative leave. Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles tells the Enid News & Eagle that he's "here to work" following this week's unsealing of an indictment accusing him of second-degree manslaughter in last year's death of 58-year-old Anthony Huff.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Public Charter School Association is suing the state Board of Education over inequities in funding. The Okahoman reports that the suit filed this month is requesting that "funding between all public schools be equalized to assure equal education opportunities." Public schools are funded through several local, state and federal sources. Charter schools are mainly funded through state aid. The education board is expected to discuss the matter in a private meeting Thursday.
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