Tulsa, OK – Construction could begin later this spring on a new westbound I-244 bridge over the Arkansas River in Tulsa. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation awarded the $64-million contract yesterday to Manhattan Road and Bridge Construction.
The bridge will be the first of its kind in Oklahoma. It will be a double-decker bridge with traffic on the top deck and rail, walkers and bikers will use the lower deck.
Tulsa, OK – Only a few problems with ten-digit phone calling in the 918 area code. The dialing started on Saturday, but today is the first business day. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Matt Skinner says there have been a few hiccups.
Skinner says the biggest problems seem to involve office systems that have not been set for ten digits. However, in a few cases, some people have been able to complete local calls by dialing only seven digits.
The commission is dealing with more than a dozen different phone companies.
Norman, OK – Chairman of OU Board of Regents dies at 72
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An official of the University of Oklahoma says the chairman of the school's Board of Regents, Larry Wade of Elk City, has died at the age of 72.
Catherine Bishop, OU vice president for public affairs, said Wade died early Sunday in Integris Baptist Medical Center at Oklahoma City. Bishop said she didn't know the exact cause of death, but Wade had heart problems.
Tulsa, OK – A woman is rushed to the hospital following a smoky late afternoon house fire in mid-town Tulsa. The blaze was reported about five p.m. on Monday afternoon. Emergency crews found the woman when they arrived on the scene near 17th Place and St. Louis.
Authorities have not released the woman's name, but she is reportedly in critical condition from smoke inhalation and possible burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Tulsa, OK – Three children are in protective custody after a domestic violence call turned into a meth lab bust. When Police were called to a home near Independence and Lewis early yesterday morning, officers found several one-pot labs working in a bedroom.\\
Nathan Parson was arrested on charges of cooking meth. The children were evaluated and then turned over to protective custody.
A woman at the house was found in a back bedroom with the children. She was not arrested. Parsons is being held on $10,000 bond.