OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb are welcoming about half of the nation's lieutenant governors to Oklahoma City.
The National Lieutenant Governors Association is meeting in Oklahoma City this week with Fallin and Lamb scheduled to deliver a welcome to the group on Wednesday at the Skirvin Hotel.
Organizers say they expect about 25 lieutenant governors to attend during the three-day meeting.
Among the panels scheduled for Wednesday is one on tribal relations with leaders of the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. Both tribes currently are involved in a water-rights lawsuit with the state over whether the tribes have a legal claim to water in their historic territories in southeast Oklahoma.
Lamb also will be named the organization's chairman, succeeding Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts.
Republican leaders are racing against a Friday deadline for pushing a short-term spending bill through Congress.
An elementary school in Ardmore is out for the rest of the week after elevated levels of carbon monoxide gas were detected. It happened while several natural gas heating units were being repaired at Charles Evans Elementary School. More than 100 students were evacuated from a portion of the building. There were no reports of illness or injuries. School officials say students will return to their classrooms next week.
Oklahoma City fire officials are warning people to make sure they install smoke detectors in their home after battling 54 structure fires so far this month. The 54th fire was yesterday afternoon and was spotted by neighbors who called 911. Two people were inside the home asleep at the time. They made it out safely, and the blaze was put out but authorities say the smoke detectors in the home did not have batteries.
A woman is in critical condition and two Bartlesville officers are recovering this morning after a shooting. According to Bartlesville police, it started when officers were serving a search warrant at a home. Authorities say police arrested one man when a woman who was also in the home opened fire on the officers. She is believed to be the man's mother. One officer returned fire, hitting the suspect, who was then taken to a hospital in Bartlesville.
A grass fire has broken out in the middle of Lawton. Fire crews are currently battling the blaze at I-44 and Lee Blvd. 7News is on scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.