Tulsa, OK – Legislative leaders tell Tulsa business men and women that better times are ahead. At a Metro Chamber forum, House Speaker Kris Steele said with an improving revenue picture, cutbacks of the past few years might be avoided in 2012.
Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman agrees, but with a qualifier. He points out a lot of one-time funding sources were used this year that won't be available next year.
Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma State Department of Education has sanctioned 227 schools for not meeting federal and state performance requirements. It more than doubles last year's School Improvement List.
61 districts were deemed "in need of improvement," a 577 percent increase over last year's total of nine.
Tulsa's been on that list for years, but several area suburban school districts are new this year, including Broken Arrow, Jenks, Sapulpa, Skiatook and Union.
PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) Hertz says it's withdrawing its offer to buy Dollar Thrifty, but the car rental company says it's still interested in buying its Tulsa-based rival. Hertz says it's still trying to get regulatory approval to buy the company. After that, it'll reassess the terms of its proposed deal.
Tulsa, OK – A Tulsa judge rules a woman charged with the death of her husband by pushing him out of a high rise window should stand trial. Amber Hilberling is charged with second degree murder and first degree manslaughter. She's accused of pushing her husband out of a 25th floor window of the University Club Apartments in June. The defense yesterday withdrew a motion to have a recorded conversation between Hilberling and her grandmother not be admitted as evidence in the case.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin is launching her second annual "Feeding Oklahoma" food drive with a goal of providing a million meals to help feed hungry families during the holidays.
Fallin announced Wednesday the drive will run through Nov. 22. Donations will be directed to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and their partner agencies across the state.
A similar drive last year resulted in 700,000 meals provided to needy Oklahomans.