Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett delivers his first State of the City address to over 800 business and civic leaders in Tulsa. During the 36-minute speech the Mayor called for planning and developing of an Arkansas River Corridor for economic, business opportunities and environmentally correct recreation attractions.
That is the cry from some residents at the Central Park Condos, near 6th and Denver, downtown. The residents' board wants to cut down the trees to eliminate the mess from migratory birds. Resident Melissa Schrupt says there are other options, such as devices to keep the birds out.
Some of the residents sought a restraining order to save the trees. When the tree trimming firm learned of the action, the crew left.
The Child Crisis Unit issued a warning about Pedo-Bear. It is a cartoon character that some say is associated with pedophilia. The release says child molesters use the symbol to communicate with each other on message board.
Numerous websites have listed Pedo-Bear as a hoax.
Tahlequah, OK – More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) Agents from a drug task force have seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a pickup stopped by authorities near Tahlequah.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says authorities seized about 39 bundles of the drug and arrested two people during the bust on Monday. He says authorities received a tip about a pickup moving the marijuana through the area.
Tulsa, OK – With a jury seated, testimony gets underway today in the first degree murder trial of John Kastner. The former Webster High School coach and teacher stands accused of the killing his wife, Lori. The trial is being held in Judge Tom Gilert's courtroom.
At the time of the murder in 2008, Kastner claimed his wife was killed by an intruder at their west Tulsa home. Police says evidence pointed to Kastner as the killer and allege he did so to collect insurance money to offset debt.
Public Radio 89.5 HD1 – Nearly a quarter of Arabs under 30 are jobless. Long gone are the days of a guaranteed government gig, and the private sector is far from filling the gap. Today, Arab youth are searching for work and waiting for weddings. Some just want to leave the region - and its long unemployment lines - altogether. At best, unemployment and flagging Arab economies lead to a generation of bored and frustrated youth. At worst, economic conditions create a breeding ground for extremism and instability.