Norman, OK – Panetta: US efforts putting al-Qaida on the run
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) CIA Director Leon Panetta says America's counterterrorism operations are putting senior al-Qaida leaders under tremendous pressure.
Panetta made the comments Monday during a foreign policy conference at the University of Oklahoma. Panetta says al-Qaida is an adaptive, resilient group of terrorists whose top goal is to attack the United States.
Tulsa, OK – Sales tax figures have now been down for 12-months in a row. Figures released yesterday show sales tax collections were off nearly two million dollars from the same period last year.
The City's Michelle Allen tells KWGS News that the finance department is reviewing the figures, including why there was a drastic drop in the Tulsa Use Tax. Allen says it is doubtful the new figures will mean additional lay-offs at city hall, but that will not be known for sure until the finance department finishes its review.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett will host the first of five business forums on Tuesday, March 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the TCC Center 4 Creativity, 910 S. Boston.
Each business forum will focus on how the City of Tulsa can better facilitate growth in the community and remove any roadblocks in the way of prosperity for Tulsa businesses. Dialogue between businesses will help the City of Tulsa strategically improve processes, policies and more.
Tulsa, OK – AVANT, Okla. (AP) School officials in Avant are considering a voluntary annexation with either the Barnsdall or Skiatook districts. Avant Superintendent Richard Harris says falling enrollment and declining state funding because of the fewer students has prompted the study.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The speaker of the state House says state agencies are facing a possible 10 percent across the board budget cut. The legislature is expected to start the fiscal year that begins July 1 with $1.2 billion fewer dollars to spend than last year.
Tulsa, OK – Boxer Morrison defends himself in Kan. pot arrest
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison says his arrest in Kansas on suspicion of marijuana possession is "not what it seems."
The 41-year-old said Friday it all started Thursday night when he was sitting outside a Wichita gym, reading his Bible and meditating, before going in to lift weights. He suspects someone thought he looked suspicious and called police.