Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris is sending an email to Tulsa area lawmakers in Oklahoma City. He is telling them that continued cuts to his and other district attorney offices across the state will put public safety in jeopardy.
Harris says the constitution is clear, "public safety is our number one priority". Harris says his office is facing a 16-percent budget cut and that will undermine prosecution efforts.
For the second time in a week a fire has been reported in the long closed and dilapidated Tulsa Club downtown. Tulsa Fire Department Spokesman Bill French says the latest fire was this morning about 8:45.
French says it is believed the fire was started by homeless people. The city has declared the building a nuisance but is having trouble getting the out-of-state owner to address the problems.
Tulsa, OK – An effort to reduce the number of lay-offs is underway in the Tulsa Public Schools. A retirement incentive fund has been created by philanthropic groups, but Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard says the million dollars must be matched.
Without efforts to get older teachers to retire, younger teachers with less tenure would be laid-off because of state budget cuts.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. fire marshal says cuts could affect cases
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's fire marshal says budget cuts have led to cutbacks that could affect homicide cases and arson investigations.
Fire Marshal Robert Doke says the agency may need up to 72 hours to respond to a suspicious fire or arson that results in a fatality. Until last week an investigator would respond to such fires within 48 hours.