Tulsa, OK – Local housing starts reached their third-highest monthly total this year, with 249 new building permits issued in October, according to information released by permit-tracking service New Orders Weekly. This is a 36 percent increase over the 183 starts reported in September and 38 percent ahead of starts logged in October of 2008.
Picher, OK – PICHER, Okla. (AP) The director of the Picher Housing Authority is looking for ways to use more than $135,000 in federal stimulus money. Residents in the town are being bought out and officials never asked for the money but the federal stimulus package included money for every active housing authority in the nation.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A memorial service is being planned for Nov. 30 for the Rev. Billy Joe Daugherty. Daugherty was the founding pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa and died Sunday after a short battle with lymphoma. He was 57.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Capitol cleared after incident at checkpoint
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The offices of Oklahoma's governor and lieutenant governor were temporarily evacuated Monday after a man threw a package onto an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint on the east side of the state Capitol.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which provides security at the building, described the situation as a bomb threat.
Tulsa, OK – Judge finds probable cause to charge Tulsa officer
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A judge says Tulsa police Officer Travis Ludwig should be bound over for trial on a charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
The 37-year-old Ludwig appeared in court Friday before special Tulsa County District Judge Kirsten Pace.
The judge denied a motion from a lawyer for Ludwig, seeking to bar prosecutors from using as evidence some materials seized by police. Police say the cocaine was found in Ludwig's police car during an unrelated investigation.