Marshall Stewart en A Private Company Will Manage Tulsa School Buses <p>The Tulsa School Board is contracting out management of the district’s transportation department. There were some complaints from the support workers’ union, but Schools Spokesman Chris Payne says no one is losing their job and the deal will save time and money, more than $250,000 a year, plus a minimum of an additional $130,000 in the first year of the contract.</p><p>The vote was unanimous to contract with Missouri based TransPar for transportation management services. The district will continue to own the school bus fleet.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:48:23 +0000 Marshall Stewart 58265 at A Private Company Will Manage Tulsa School Buses Library Renovation Progress Updated <p>Demolition of the interior of the Central Library in downtown Tulsa is about 25 percent complete. The work is part of a 50-million dollar, two year renovation of the building to modernize it and make it more environmentally friendly. On a tour today, Library CEO Gary Shaffer said it will be a hi-tech facility for the 21<sup>st</sup> century when finished.</p><p>The restoration is scheduled for completion in spring of 2016.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:07:09 +0000 Marshall Stewart 58070 at Library Renovation Progress Updated I-44 Progress in Tulsa Reviewed <p></p><p>Federal, state, and local leaders deliver a progress report on one of the largest Tulsa road projects in recent history.</p><p>The gathering on the almost completed Lewis bridge was to display the final phase of the widening of I-44 from Riverside to Yale. Instrumental in the more than five year, 400 million dollar project is U-S Senator Jim Inhofe, who helped with federal funding to complete the work.</p><p>The final phase at Lewis Avenue, including a new bridge over I-44, is scheduled for completion this summer.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:53:42 +0000 Marshall Stewart 58021 at I-44 Progress in Tulsa Reviewed Candidate for Governor Supports Tulsa Passenger Rail <p></p><p>A Democratic lawmaker running for governor gets on board the Eastern Flyer Express.</p><p>Representative Joe Dorman says he is against the proposed sale of the Sooner Sub Rail Line. It aligns him with most groups supporting the return of passenger service to Eastern Oklahoma.</p><p>Dorman claims Governor Fallin is going forward with what he calls an&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ‘ill-advised’ sale that many oppose.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:45:35 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57974 at Candidate for Governor Supports Tulsa Passenger Rail City Hall Candidates File for Office <p></p><p>Auditor Cathy Criswell, District 5 City Councilor Karen Gilbert, and District 8 Councilor Phil Lakin are all returned to office for two more years because no one filed against them.</p><p>All other incumbent councilors, all of whom filed for re-election, will have to run at least in the primary because they had at least one other candidate file against them.</p><p>City of Tulsa elections are now non-partisan, so if any one candidate can muster more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, they win the office.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:55:44 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57964 at City Hall Candidates File for Office A Copper Theft Causes a Partial Shutdown and Big Headaches for Tulsa County Government <p>A copper theft shuts down much of Tulsa County government operations over the weekend. Thieves ripped out copper tubing from condensers used to cool computers. It caused temperatures inside to soar and forced a partial shutdown, according to Information Technology Director Tom Trimble. He says had it occurred during the week, it could have been devastating. Trimble says they were able to keep systems to the Sheriff’s Office going for emergencies. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:32:27 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57807 at A Copper Theft Causes a Partial Shutdown and Big Headaches for Tulsa County Government Oklahoma Could Outlaw Sales of E-Cigarettes to Those Under 18 <p></p><p></p><p>Under a compromise bill passed by the Oklahoma House, sales of electronic cigarettes or similar vapor products to those under 18 would be banned. Representative Doug Cox of Grove is a doctor. He says he does recommend e-cigs as a way for people to reduce tobacco usage and eventually quit smoking, however, he says to claim electronic cigarettes with nicotine are not tobacco products is like saying red salsa is not a tomato product.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:39:06 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57668 at Oklahoma Could Outlaw Sales of E-Cigarettes to Those Under 18 Tulsa City Leaders Form Task Force on Juvenile Crime Prevention <p>Tulsa Leaders are taking on juvenile crime. City Council Chair Karen Gilbert says a task force focusing on juvenile crime prevention has begun meeting. She says the idea is to bring together groups and organizations that deal with juvenile crime and enhance existing programs and expand the effort. Members of the District Attorney’s office, the police gang unit, the Juvenile Bureau, and those who work with at-risk youth are on the task force.</p><p>Gilbert says task force members want to focus on a small area at first and then expand throughout the city.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:48:23 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57538 at Tulsa City Leaders Form Task Force on Juvenile Crime Prevention State Inmate Count Down at Tulsa Jail <p>An order to more than triple the intake rate of inmates into state prisons is helping reduce the backlog in county jails in Oklahoma. It’s an action ordered by new Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton.&nbsp;</p><p>Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says it is helping cut the numbers in the overcrowded David Moss Center here.Glanz says since the effort to clear the inmate backlog began, numbers of those awaiting transfer in the Tulsa County jail have dropped from around 100 a day to 20 a day.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:07:25 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57437 at State Inmate Count Down at Tulsa Jail Recruits Graduate from the Tulsa Police Academy <p>16 new police officers get badges today. A ceremony is held at the Tulsa police academy to mark the graduation of the 16 recruits after six months of training. One of the grads is Emily Michie, who is following in her father’s footsteps. He spent 25 years on the Tulsa Police Force. She says it was kind of always in the back of her mind to become a law officer, but she didn’t really make up her mind until after college.</p><p>The recruits now transition to officers in training and will spend the next 16 weeks with field training officers.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:14:34 +0000 Marshall Stewart 57275 at Recruits Graduate from the Tulsa Police Academy