Ponca City, OK – 2 Kay County postmasters face felony indictments
PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) Two postmasters in Kay County have been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges.
Acting U.S. Attorney Robert Troester says 41-year-old Divina Love is accused of misappropriation of federal funds for allegedly taking more than $1,000 in stamp sales. He says 55-year-old Steven McCormack was indicted for misprision of a felony because he allegedly knew about Love's actions and did not report them to authorities.
Tulsa, OK – The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa announced today that metro Tulsa housing starts totaled 166 in November, 12.2 percent above starts reported in November 2008. The November total is a 33.3 percent decrease from the 249 starts in October, as the industry moves into the slower winter season. However, the year-over-year increase continues to edge annual starts closer to prior year totals, as year-to-date starts now trail 2008 figures by only 13.5 percent.
Tulsa, OK – Engineer: Manure no significant affect on river
TULSA, Okla. (AP) An environmental engineer says using bird manure as a crop fertilizer does not affect the Illinois River or Lake Tenkiller to "any significant extent."
John Connolly testified Wednesday on behalf of Arkansas poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Edmondson's lawsuit accuses the companies of polluting the Illinois River watershed with chicken litter.
Tulsa, OK – A new report shows Tulsa's infant mortality rate is above, not only the state but the national average. Kassie Prather with the Tulsa City-County Health Department says may deaths that were once thought of as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, are actually the result of unsafe sleep practices. Hear our special report:
Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge of Berryhill and Rep. Lucky Lamons of Tulsa were presented with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and the Council of Presidents at a ceremony Wednesday at the West Campus of Tulsa Community College. OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, OSRHE State Regent Stuart Price and TCC President Tom McKeon recognized Benge and Lamons for their ongoing work for the continued success of higher education in Oklahoma.
Tulsa, OK – Dollar Thrifty boosts mileage of rental car fleet
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa-based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group says it expects its fleet of rental vehicles will be about 10 percent more fuel-efficient after recent purchases of new car models.
Dollar Thrifty said more than 40 percent of its 2010 model year purchases were cars with highway ratings of more than 30 miles per gallon. Only about 10 percent of the 2009 models Dollar Thrifty bought met that mileage threshold.