Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council formalized its investigation into Mayoral Chief of Staff Terry Simonson. The council met in an executive session Thursday afternoon to work out the details. Being investigated is whether Simonson, knowingly misled the city council over the use of a federal grant.
Oklahoma City, OK – cammers impersonate Census workers in Okla. City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) U.S. Census officials in Oklahoma City are warning of scammers passing out bogus forms that ask for Social Security numbers.
Census office manager Sidna Madden says six Oklahoma County residents have reported finding the forms on their doorsteps. Instructions say to fill out the forms and return them to an Oklahoma City address.
Madden says one person filled out the form and mailed it.
Oklahoma City, OK – Report says DHS failed to care for young victims
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A report filed in connection with a lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services says DHS failed to care for children who are victims of abuse or neglect.
The report was filed Wednesday in Tulsa in a federal class-action lawsuit that calls for reform of Oklahoma's child welfare system. It was prepared by consultant Peg McCartt Hess for New York-based Children's Rights.
Tulsa, OK – he symposium is held each year, rotating between the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa. The Brock International Prize in Education laureate comes to Oklahoma to share information and ideas from their work. The symposium includes a public lecture and discussion centered around the work of the laureate. This year's symposium will also include a tour to area community schools. Educators, students and the public are invited to the symposium.
Oklahoma City, OK – Blacks criticize fried chicken comment
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Legislative Black Caucus is criticizing Sen. Randy Brogdon for a remark he made about fried chicken during a debate on federal health care legislation supported by President Barack Obama.
Caucus chairman Rep. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa Wednesday called on Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee to admonish Brogdon. Shumate says Brogdon's comment is part of a pattern of disrespectful and inflammatory actions and statements.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett says the elimination of the remaining city laid-off positions is a paper work procedure. He says the jobs need to be off the books to get a clear budgeting picture for next year. 89-Police jobs were eliminated. All city open positions, not just those in the police department, were removed from the books.
The mayor says the FOP is over reacting when it says the jobs will not be coming back. He says the jobs can be added back with a budget amendment.