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  • Slain Oklahoma labor commissioner's body lies in repose at state Capitol rotunda

    AP | Published: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello's body is lying in repose in the second-floor rotunda of the state Capitol. The wooden casket is flanked by two state troopers and will be on display at the Capitol from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are asked to use the southeastern...

  • Oklahoma City traffic congestion takes toll on commuters, study says

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Traffic congestion in the Oklahoma City area last year cost commuters 49 hours of their lives, 23 gallons of gas and more than $1,100, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard released Wednesday.

  • Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Oklahoma's first elective state officer killed in office

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Labor Commissioner Mark Costello is Oklahoma’s 14th elective state officer to die in office, but the first to be killed. Violent attacks on American public officials in general are relatively rare. Costello’s case is particularly unusual in that it involved a close family member and was...

  • Mark Costello slaying: 6 facts about schizophrenia you should know

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    By now you've heard about the death of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. He died Sunday night and police say Costello's son, Christian, is the one who held the knife. Christian and his father had had a rough relationship as of late, which family members say was due to Christian's...

  • Jari Askins tries to employ foster care reform plan

    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jari Askins may be facing her toughest challenge: implementing a court-ordered plan to improve the state's foster care system to better protect children in Oklahoma's child welfare system.

  • Slain state Labor Commissioner Mark Costello will lie in repose

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The body of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who was slain in an altercation Sunday evening, will lie in repose at the Oklahoma Capitol on Thursday, officials announced. Costello's body will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. His casket will be at the...

  • Overtime, claims drive up costs to Oklahoma City taxpayers from deteriorating streets

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The chronically poor condition of Oklahoma City streets is a headache for motorists and drain on taxpayers. Any doubt about that? Just ask residents.. The city asked the question in its 2015 community survey, and 72 percent of those who responded said they were dissatisfied...

  • Bond denied for defendant in Oklahoma politician's killing

    AP | Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has denied bond to an Oklahoma man accused in the weekend stabbing death of his father, who was the state's labor commissioner. Special Judge Russell Hall decided the matter Tuesday during Christian Costello's initial court appearance in the Sunday night killing of...



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