Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
TULSA, Okla. (AP) â€” Oklahoma is backing out of a testing consortium to work with another company to develop its own standardized tests for the 2014-2015 school year, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said this week.
Barresi said the decision to withdraw from the multistate group â€” called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers â€” was made after teachers and parents voiced concerns about the extra hours of test taking that would be involved with it.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate rose in every one of its 77 counties in May, a trend they say is not uncommon for the month.
Figures released on Tuesday show Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate of 9 percent in May, up from 8.2 percent in April. The lowest unemployment rate was in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma at 2.2 percent, which was an increase from 1.8 percent in April.
"Spider Webb was never lost in any crowd â€” he was always at home wherever he was," according to lifelong friend Dr. John Chitwood.
Wayne "Spider" Webb, longtime Poteau businessman, died Sunday. He was 73.
Webb's colorful nickname, auto dealership and later his farm implements business were well-known in LeFlore County and beyond.
He had been in declining health for some time, but remained involved in his business and with local charities.
"Spide Webb was full of life, high energy. Wherever Spider was, it was a positive and uplifting crowd," said Mayor Jeff Shockley.