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.
President Bush warned Americans that failing to act fast on his proposed $700 billion financial rescue plan could mean disaster for the nation’s economy. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke chimed in, warning lawmakers that without a bailout a recession will bring more unemployment and home foreclosures. The latest economic numbers were gloomy: Weekly jobless claims surged, durable goods orders tumbled, and new home sales plunged to the slowest pace in 17 years.
Presidential candidates Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama issued a joint statement and met with congressional leaders, but a reported bailout deal fell apart almost immediately. The candidates met for their first debate Friday night at the University of Mississippi.
The FBI was investigating four major U.S. financial institutions whose collapse helped trigger the turmoil. Law enforcement sources said the FBI is looking at fraud.
Republican Sarah Palin met her first world leaders in New York, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
About 100,000 people have been removed from the state’s voter rolls because they haven’t voted in the last six years. The election board does not notify voters when they are removed. The deadline to register to vote in the presidential election is Oct. 10.
The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes are planning a casino near Interstate 40 in Hinton that could bring millions to the small, impoverished tribe. The tribe, however, is concerned about contracts signed by a previous chief.
Staff Sgt. Brandon W. Farley, 30, died of wounds suffered on patrol in Afghanistan.
Prosecutors opened their case against an Edmond soldier charged with murder in the death of an Iraqi detainee. 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, 25, says he is not guilty.
Although it’s a little early, the flu vaccine is being offered. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise giving the vaccine in September to children as young as 6 months.
After a packed public hearing, the state Transportation Department has shelved a proposal to eliminate Norman’s Lindsey Street access to Interstate 35.
FBI agents arrested evangelist Tony Alamo at a motel in Arizona, alleging he took minors across state lines for sexual purposes. Earlier in the week, six girls, ages 10 to 17, were taken from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries complex in southwestern Arkansas.
A 14-year-old was arrested on a felony complaint of carrying a firearm in a school in an incident at U.S. Grant High School.
The state Supreme Court disbarred former Creek County District judge Donald Thompson saying he brought shame on the judiciary.
An apologetic former attorney, Robert Behlen, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for robbing an Edmond pharmacy.
Jessie James Cummings was executed for his role in the 1991 murder of his 11-year-old niece Melissa Moody. Prosecutors said Cummings, a bigamist, also persuaded his two wives to kill Melissa’s mother, Judy Moody Mayo.
In a resolution by Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, the House voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to all the American Indian code talkers who served during World Wars I and II.
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