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.
The Oklahoma City Council awarded contracts for new lighting, basketball goals and a portable floor for the Ford Center and its new NBA team.
A trust collected a $29.3 million payout from the July 2 Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was sold at an Altus convenience store.
A $3 million painting has gone missing at a Massachusetts museum. “Woman and Child,” by Fernand Leger, was last exhibited at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Republicans tried to divide Democrats, using supporters of Hillary Clinton who have defected to McCain.
McCain introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his surprise running mate on the eve of the Republican National Convention, calling her the one “who can best help me shake up Washington and make it start working again for the people who are counting on us.”
Health authorities are asking parents to give flu shots to their children, ages 6 to 18. The year’s vaccine is already beginning to be available in the state, much earlier than usual, as health authorities want to put behind them last year’s missteps when the shot was just 44 percent effective.
Oklahoma led the nation in the rise of home prices, counting a 4.9 increase in the second quarter.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay lingered over northern Florida, flooding homes. The storm has been blamed for 13 U.S. deaths.
Arkansas voters will take up a ballot measure banning homosexuals from becoming foster or adoptive parents.
Micheal Thomas, a Tulsa athlete, has filed suit against DHS director Howard Hendrick and the agency’s governing board after he was declared the father of a girl born to a woman he had never met. The agency took money from his paychecks and refused to tell him the results of a negative paternity test.
The Taliban has transformed itself into a trim fighting force, able to defeat the American efforts in Afghanistan, a report says. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies warned a resurgent al-Qaida may be next.
Security in the once war-torn province of Anbar has so much improved that the U.S. is just days away from turning over responsibility to the Iraqis.
Over international protests, Russia formally recognized the breakaway Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
Republican vice presidential
candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin, pumps her fist Saturday
as she walks towards the bus
at a campaign stop in Washing-
ton, Pa. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Democrats gathered in Denver to nominate Barack Obama as the party’s presidential candidate. Obama has chosen Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate. Obama gave a stirring speech to a packed football stadium in Denver, accepting the nomination and linking Republican John McCain to President Bush.
Michelle Obama said her husband was best qualified to ensure the nation’s promise for future generations.
Hillary Clinton told supporters Obama was her choice for president.
Joe Biden took the stage to criticize Republican John McCain.
Residents of Locust Grove are fighting an outbreak of food-borne illness that has killed one person and sickened more than 50, including more than a dozen children. More than three-fourths of those affected ate at the Country Cottage restaurant in Locust Grove between Aug. 15 and 22.
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