Sometimes it’s easy to miss an event, so here’s a look back at the past week or so to help bring you up to date:
Norman was chosen for Money Magazine’s list of America’s best small cities for 2008. Norman ranked No. 6. Edmond also was on the list, coming in at No. 52.
Oklahoma is ranked ninth in the nation for adult obesity with 28.1 percent, the Centers for Disease Control reported.
Oklahoma school superintendents typically stay in their jobs 5½ years, an analysis found, and the Oklahoma City School District has one of the state’s highest turnover rates. In that district, the superintendent lasts an average 2.2 years.
Former U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook paid nearly $14,000 to settle fines from the Federal Election Commission stemming from an audit of his 2004 campaign that found numerous violations.
Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr said he plans to filed suit to get on the Oklahoma ballot.
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain sparred over the war in Iraq. McCain said it was a conflict the U.S. must win. Obama said it was a costly distraction that must end.
Polls are showing American voters are more interested in the economy and gas prices than the war in Iraq.
Oklahoma City owners of the former SuperSonics are expected to complete the process of choosing a name, colors and logos by the end of September, a sometimes 22-month process that is being completed in a few months.
Consumer prices rose 1.1 percent in June, making the increase 5 percent over the past 12 months.
Fluctuations in gas prices lifted spirits on Wall Street.
A federal judge in Seattle will decide whether to allow ranchers struggling with high feed bills to use federal conservation land for grazing. Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Texas, Roger Mills, Woods and Woodward counties have been declared agricultural disaster areas.
Gov. Brad Henry visited Cimarron County and personally collected a $50 bounty offered by Boise City News publisher C.F. David for anyone who could prove Henry had ever been in the Panhandle county.
Six weeks after Skyla Whitaker and Taylor Paschal-Placker were found slain on a country road near Weleetka, police have no suspects or motive. Lawmen revealed a message, paraphrased as “You’ll never catch me,” had been scrawled on a cross at the scene of a memorial.
Hezbollah gave Israel decades-old photos and diary entries from Israeli airman Rod Arad who was captured in Lebanon in 1986. Hezbollah claims Arad was killed in an Israeli air raid in 1988.
Israel is drawing fire for swapping five Lebanese militants and 199 bodies for the remains of two Israeli soldiers.
The U.S is sending its third-ranked diplomat to talk with Iran about taking steps to end its nuclear program.
A military assault killed nine American soldiers and wounded 15 at a remote U.S. base close to the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Britain plans to significantly scale back its troops in Iraq during 2009. Earlier this year, it had postponed a reduction in troops from 4,000 to 2,500.
The House passed a bill blocking two-thirds of federal covert operations until members of the congressional intelligence committees are briefed on all secret operations.
Violent thunderstorms helped quell a wildfire in California’s Sequoia National Forest but brought mudslides that threatened homes. Although 288 fires were still active, Californians were returning to their homes.
Oklahoma lawmakers praised President Bush’s move to lift the executive ban on offshore oil and gas drilling. The action won’t change drilling practices, as Congress would also have to lift its own ban to clear drilling on the nation’s East and West coasts.
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