Oklahoma City, OK – Committee work resumes at state Capitol
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Lawmakers may get their first look at funding bills designed to close a budget gap as they continue shuffling legislation through committees when they return to the Capitol on Monday.
Public Radio Tulsa – An Oxford style debate will examine the motion: "California Is The First Failed State" on the next Documentary of the Week, Friday evening at 8.
Speakers for the motion: Andreas Kluth, writer for The Economist; Bobby Shriver, member Santa Monica City Council, and Sharon Waxman, editor in chief of thewrap.com. Speakers against the motion: Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC; Van Jones, former Obama Administration advisor, and former California governor Gray Davis.
Oklahoma City, OK – Henry defends budget ideas, calls for ideas
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) Gov. Brad Henry is defending his ideas for generating more than $660 million in new revenue to help balance next year's budget, calling on his critics to come up with their own plan if they don't like his.
During a speech Friday to newspaper publishers from across the state, Henry said new revenue must be found or the state's economy and agencies will face "irreparable damage."
Oklahoma City, OK – Board votes to fire chief medical examiner
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Board of Medicolegal Investigations has voted to fire the state's chief medical examiner.
The board made the decision to terminate Dr. Collie Trant during a meeting Friday afternoon.
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says the decision was reached during an executive session, and the board didn't give a reason for firing Trant, who had only been on the job since March.
Tulsa, OK – Good news and bad news about the city sales tax collections.
Figures for the city of Tulsa show sales tax collections for the period of December 15th through mid-January to be two million below figures from the same period last year. However, there is some good news. The figures are at budget expectations.
Budget Chief Pat Connelly told the city council earlier this week that the check was expected to be around $17-million. The check was actually $17.7-million dollars.
Fort Smith, AR – Ark. official criticizes EPA over river plan
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) The city administrator of Siloam Springs is criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for developing an Illinois River watershed protection plan.
The EPA has told Arkansas and Oklahoma officials a private company will guide the agency in figuring out how much phosphorous can be handled by the river, Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma and key tributaries.
Oklahoma City, OK – Obama names Henry to national council post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has been appointed by President Obama to serve on a newly created Council of Governors.
Obama on Thursday named Henry and nine other governors to serve on the panel created last month by executive order. The governors will work with national defense and security advisers on matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and integrating state and federal military activities.