McAlester, Okla. – McALESTER, Okla. (AP) An inmate who escaped from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester has been arrested in Tulsa.
Twenty-eight-year-old Mark Dwayne Smith Jr. was captured without incident at a Tulsa motel about 7:40 p.m. Monday.
Prison Deputy Warden Rick Moham said Smith was discovered missing during an inmate count around 6:30 a.m. Monday. Moham says officials believe Smith went around the back of one of the housing units and apparently met someone who picked him up on the road.
Tulsa, OK – Today, members of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) at two American Airlines bargaining units have voted to reject tentative contract agreements with the airline reached in May, while a third unit has voted to ratify the agreement. In a large turnout, 10,251 eligible TWU members cast ballots out of a possible 12,800.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett announces a second police helicopter will be in the air, by the end of this week.
The Mayor and acting Police Chief Chuck Jordan made the announcement in a city hall news conference this morning. The Mayor says the second chopper will fly only when the first chopper in on the ground. He says that rule will be lifted if there is an emergency situation, such as a disaster, Amber Alert or other major crime incident.
Tulsa, OK – The oil industry gets the attention of Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe. Inhofe vows to fight any effort to stop off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He says America must use its fossil fuels.
Inhofe was also critical of the Toxic Asset Relief program that bailed out the financial sector. He called fellow Republican John McCain a "closet liberal". Inhofe made the comments in a breakfast meeting with the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce.