Tulsa, OK – One of Tulsa's two police helicopters will return to service tomorrow night. Mayor Bartlett made the announcement today. Pilot Byron Barnhart says the chopper can quickly get across the city and is an asset to ground officers.
The fate of an older helicopter is still pending. Mayor Bartlett says it may be declared surplus and sold.
Then Mayor Kathy Taylor and Police Chief Ron Palmer grounded the helicopters last fall for budget reasons.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State and federal officials have begun touring homes that were damaged by flooding in south Oklahoma City last week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management visited about two-dozen homes Wednesday to find out what kind of insurance homeowners and business owners have and the overall damage to their property.
Tulsa, OK – Students at several of TPS' highest-need schools will be spending significantly more time in the classroom, thanks to millions of dollars in support from the federal government.
"This announcement could not have come at a better time," said Dr. Keith Ballard, the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. "After months of cuts to our budget, we now have significant funding to implement innovative programs that ensure our mission of providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception."
Tulsa, OK – All nine Tulsa City Councilors are named in a lawsuit filed by a trio of Tulsans. The group claims the council violated the Oklahoma Open Meetings Law when it went into a June 17th executive session to review an investigation of the Mayor's Chief of Staff. In that session, the council voted to exclude the Mayor from the meeting, if so, such a vote could be a violation.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council takes up several ordinances tomorrow night dealing with blighted vacant property. Mayor Bartlett held a news conference this afternoon in waist high-weeds to urge the council to pass the rules.
The regulations would tighten controls on owners and stiffen fines.
Tulsa, OK – A man is shot and killed in a North Tulsa Home Invasion. Police say 30-year-old Cory Johnson was shielding his infant daughter when he was shot by a trio of mask men who broke into the home early this morning.
Johnson's girl friend, the baby's mother, was also in the house at the time. Police are looking for three men.
The incident happened at 628 E. 27th Pl. North, just before 3AM this morning.