McAlester, OK – Inmate escapes from Oklahoma prison
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Authorities say an inmate escaped overnight from a McAlester prison.
Oklahoma Corrections Department spokesman Jerry Massie said Monday that 34-year-old Stephen G. Thomas was discovered missing during the 8:30 a.m. head count Monday at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison.
Prison records show Thomas is scheduled for release in 2020 on convictions for injury of a minor child and possession of an explosive device.
Tulsa, OK – This is a human tragedy beyond imagination. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families. No words can describe the loss the families are experiencing. It was an honor to work with these three men and I know they would want us to continue to build US Highland into a leading U.S. powersports company. They were all true visionaries and will be deeply missed," commented Dr. Steven A. Moell, Chief Executive Officer of US Highland, Inc.
Tulsa, OK – 3 die when plane goes down in Tulsa, Okla., park
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a twin-engine plane whose pilot asked to make an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport went down instead in a wooded area of a city park northwest of the airport, killing all three people aboard.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County is vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. The scope of the proposed Tulsa County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan focuses on the unincorporated areas of county. The Tulsa County Technical and Citizens Advisory Committees identified the 150 natural and man-made hazards deemed to be a threat to the Tulsa County citizens. The Tulsa County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans identifies both long and short tern hazard mitigation possibilities.
July 12, 2010 – While Broken Arrow is being touted in Money Magazine, the city has been dealing with a major water main break. The pipe carrying the primary source of water to the city completely collapsed. As a result, residents were put on alert. Residents are asked to use water only for cooking, drinking and personal hygiene. While the pipe is repaired, the city is relying on water towers. The line could be repaired as early as this evening.
July 12, 2010 – Money Magazine's annual "Best places to live" list is on the shelves and 4 Oklahoma cities places in the top 100. Edmond, Stillwater, Norman and Broken Arrow made the list. The magazine cites Broken Arrow's low unemployment, low cost of living along with the city's efforts to keep old fashioned traditions alive like the annual "Rooster Days".
Tulsa, Okla. – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A key Oklahoma Department of Transportation official says the state still is pursuing funds for proposed high-speed rail routes, even though it got nothing from the federal government during a recent competition for billions in rail construction money.
The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that David Streb, ODOT's director of engineering, says Oklahoma has made several applications in hopes of landing smaller grants for high-speed rail planning.
Oklahoma City, OK – Survey: Teachers retirement system underfunded
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A survey that examined the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System says its pension fund is among the most underfunded of its type in the nation.
The Public Fund Survey, using information from the 2008 fiscal year, ranked the state's teachers retirement system as having the fourth-lowest funding ratio among the 126 state pension plans it reviewed.
At the time of the review, the system had a funding ratio of 50.5 percent.
Owasso, OK – 2nd plane crash in NE Okla. in 24 hours kills 3
OWASSO, Okla. (AP) For the second time in 24 hours, a plane crash in northeastern Oklahoma has killed three people.
The second fatal crash happened Sunday about 8:15 p.m. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 64-year-old Richard Shimer of Owasso was flying the 1973 Cessna 177 eastbound approaching Gundy's Airport in Owasso when for an unknown reason, the plane began to lose altitude.