George Kaiser Family Foundation today announced that QuikTrip has committed $12.5 million for A Gathering Place for Tulsa to sponsor the 3.7-acre area of the park that stretches from the Great Lawn to the Lakeview Lawn. The sponsorship includes naming rights to the Great Lawn, Lakeview Lawn and the Lakeview Passageway over the north land bridge.
This is Inauguration Day in Tulsa. City leaders will take the oath of office later today.
Mayoral Aide Lloyd Wight says the event is at two this afternoon at the Civic Center Ballroom. In addition to Mayor Bartlett, three Tulsa City Councilors will also take the oath of office. They are Jeanne Cue, Karen Gilbert and Phil Lakin. They are from Districts 2,5 and 8.
There will also be three judges taking the oath of office at today’s ceremony.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma lawmaker is scheduled to go to trial in connection with an alleged bribery scheme in which another former state lawmaker has already been convicted.
Trial is to start with jury selection on December 9th in Oklahoma County for former Democratic state Senator Debbe Leftwich of Oklahoma City on a felony charge of soliciting a bribe for withdrawal of candidacy.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some state lawmakers are expressing concern that state of Oklahoma employees made just more than 2 million visits to Facebook from July through September this year.
Oklahoma's Cyber Command Security Operations Center tracks the page visits and says the numbers are inflated somewhat because Facebook is embedded in many other websites — meaning its page is counted as viewed when the other sites are visited.
The National Weather Service has issued a Dense Fog Advisory for much of eastern Oklahoma. It does include all of the KWGS Listening area. Below you will find the text as transmitted by the National Weather Service office in Tulsa.
DENSE FOG ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CST THIS MORNING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ADJUSTED THE TIMING OF THE DENSE FOG ADVISORY AND IT IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CST THIS MORNING...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The battle between Christmas parades will continue for at least another year in Tulsa.
Efforts to merge the decades-old downtown parade with the 2-year-old parade that was started on the south side of town fell short this year.
The feud between the events began in 2009 when Tulsa dropped "Christmas" from the title of its Parade of Lights. In 2011, a small group of residents decided to stage their own parade — simply called the Tulsa Christmas Parade.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Freedom was short-lived for a state prison inmate who escaped by walking away from a work detail.
Authorities told reporters that 51-year-old Mark Thompson was recaptured about 6 a.m. Saturday about one mile from the site where he apparently walked away from a work detail between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Department of Correction records show Thompson was serving a four-year sentence for a burglary conviction in Tulsa County as was scheduled for release in May 2017.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for an Anadarko man accused in Florida of connections to an illegal Internet cafe gambling ring that led to the ban of the cafes in Florida and the resignation of that state's lieutenant governor.
Chase Burns still faces criminal charges in Seminole County, Florida where court records show sentencing initially scheduled for December has been postponed until Feb. 12. The 38-year-old reached a deal earlier this month with Oklahoma's attorney general to forfeit $3.5 million to the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The FBI and Oklahoma City police are seeking a bank robbery suspect who is believed to be a repeat customer who robbed the same bank twice before and another bank earlier this year.
Special Agent Rick Rains says the unknown man walked into the Bank of Oklahoma in north Oklahoma City wearing a mask about 4:40 p.m. Friday and pointed a handgun at a teller while demanding money. The man was given money and was last seen climbing over a fence after running east from the bank.
Rains says there were no injuries during the robbery.