Oklahoma City, OK – Okla's new patrol boss warns of trooper furloughs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The new commissioner of Oklahoma's Department of Public Safety is warning lawmakers that furloughing troopers and other personnel is one of the few ways the agency has to respond to looming budget cuts.
Commissioner Michael Thompson outlined his budget proposal yesterday to a Senate budget panel, which grilled him on how the agency is prioritizing its spending.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. officials report another flu death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma health officials say the number of deaths related to complications from influenza has risen.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health says one death was reported in the past week, and 62 people were hospitalized. Health Department officials say the person who died was in the 65 years and older age group and lived in McClain County.
Three people have died from flu complications since Sept. 1.
Undated – Winter storm moves across Oklahoma to Arkansas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm that brought freezing rain and snow to Oklahoma and is blamed for at least one death has begun moving out of the state and into Arkansas.
National Weather Service meteorologist Pete Snyder in Tulsa said the storm was expected to be out of the state by noon Thursday after dropping two to three inches of snow in most places. He said the largest accumulation was four-and-a-half inches in Pawhuska while up to five inches could fall in north Arkansas.
Tulsa, Ok – Person of interest sought in Tulsa Co. shooting
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa County authorities have identified a person of interest that investigators want to talk to about the shooting death of a man and wounding of a woman near Leonard.
Sheriff's Sgt. Shannon Clark says authorities are looking for 48-year-old Steven Thompson Keeling in the Monday shooting that killed 59-year-old Edward Brown and critically wounded the woman outside Brown's home.
Tulsa, OK – Fallin taps Tulsa auditor as budget director
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is continuing to set up her administration, naming a former health care consultant and current Tulsa city auditor to serve as budget director.
Fallin yesterday chose Preston Doerflinger (DERR'-fling-er) to be director of the Office of State Finance and her secretary of finance. He will earn $108,000 per year in his new post and replaces former OSF Director Michael Clingman, who took a position with the workers' compensation court.