Oklahoma City, OK – Wheat harvest begins in Okla., small crop forecast
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The wheat harvest has begun in Oklahoma with the first load being gathered near Grandfield in southwestern Oklahoma.
The crop is expected to be small because of the ongoing drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a harvest of just less than 75 million bushels. That's down from nearly 121 million bushels last year and is lower than the 77 million bushels harvested in 2009 when a severe freeze damaged the crop.
Oklahoma City, OK – Immigration bill targets criminals
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The House author of an illegal immigration bill says the measure will target human smugglers and attorneys who prey on illegal immigrants, but will do nothing to penalize employers who hire illegal workers.
Details of the bill obtained by The Associated Press show the measure also authorizes state and local law enforcement to recommend immigrants for certain types of visas if the immigrants report and aid in the investigation of illegal criminal activity.
Tulsa, OK – The Oklahoma Historical Society has accepted donated land from the Bank of Oklahoma for the new proposed OKPOP museum. The Historical Society's Director Bob Blackburn says the popular culture museum would have a huge economic impact on Tulsa.
The Society wants the state to agree to a 40-million dollar bond issue to pay for the museum. Blackburn says it is structured in such a way that the Society would not need the cash for several years.
Tulsa, OK – 1 lane of westbound Interstate 44 closed in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) One lane of westbound Interstate 44 in Tulsa has been closed following an accident involving a tractor-trailer rig.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the semi hit a bridge over Peoria Avenue in southwest Tulsa about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. Both westbound lanes were shut down for about four-and-a-half hours before one lane was reopened just before 6:15 a.m.
The patrol says one lane will remain closed until repairs are complete.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. woman sentenced to 30 months for embezzlement
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a Jones woman to 30 months in prison for embezzling $1.5 million from an Oklahoma City electric company where she worked as a bookkeeper.
U.S. District Judge David Russell also on Tuesday ordered 50-year-old Lora Renshaw to pay $1.275 million in restitution to Crown Electric, $250,000 to Central Mutual Insurance Co. and $457,530 to the Internal Revenue Service.