Tulsa, OK – Steve Liggett, artistic director of Living Arts of Tulsa, discusses the arts group's new move to the Brady Arts District, the first of many arts projects to come to fruition for the area just north of downtown Tulsa. Liggett also shares the vision for Living Arts which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, and how their new home will help the interdisciplinary bleeding-edge arts group achieve their mission.
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) Records show a 43 percent increase in assaults on staff members since Oklahoma's maximum-security lockup for juvenile offenders was placed under federal oversight.
The state Office of Juvenile Affairs reports that in fiscal year 2009, there were 53 assaults on staffers by youths at the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs. According to a story in the Tulsa World, that's a 43 percent jump from the 37 assaults reported the previous year.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council, today, is expected to take-up the issue of using federal stimulus money to hire 18 additional police officers. Some council members are worried what will happen when the federal funds run-out.
Fraternal Order of Police President Phil Evans say attrition will take care of it.The FOP is urging the Council to accept the funds.
A study last summer shows the police department lacking in staff. The report recommended nearly 100 new employees to the force.
Seminole, OK – College administrator charged in cyclist's death
SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) Prosecutors have charged a Seminole State College administrator with negligent homicide in connection with an accident that killed a bicyclist near Seminole last month.
Prosecutors charged 56-year-old Bradley Meredith Walck of Shawnee in the death of 50-year-old Ardie Lewis. Walck, who is the vice president for student affairs at Seminole State College, faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Twelve poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma for polluting the Illinois River watershed are asking a judge to throw out a statement made by a member of their own legal team on how poultry litter is used.
In their filling, in Tulsa federal court, the companies cited a statement made by defense attorney Patrick Ryan at a preliminary hearing in 2008 that there's no question "that there has been an over-application of litter on some or many farms. That's not an issue in our book."