Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Democrat hopes to pin GOP hopefuls to right
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Democratic Party's nominee for a congressional seat in central Oklahoma hopes the two remaining Republicans remain in a race to the right.
Billy Coyle won the Democratic nomination in Oklahoma's 5th District on July 27 and two independents are also in the race. Former Rep. Kevin Calvey of Oklahoma City and longtime Christian youth camp director James Lankford face each other Aug. 24 to settle a seven-man Republican primary.
Weleetka, OK – Okla environmental officials issue boil advisory
WELEETKA, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a mandatory boil advisory for Weleetka, telling officials to inform residents that the Okfuskee County town's drinking water is unsafe for human consumption.
Tulsa, OK – A collpasing thunderstorm blew itself out over south Tulsa early Saturday morning. The storm hit with 65-to-75 mile per hour winds. As the storm was decaying a downdraft of warm air blew through the area from Memorial to 169 along 71st Street.
The Sonic Drive-in lost its sign, as did a portion of Ultimate Electronics. Freckles also reported damage. The wind is also blamed for damage to privacy fences in the residential areas.
Tahlequah, OK – Cherokee marshal's evidence room audited by BIA
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) A Bureau of Indian Affairs agent says the federal agency is auditing the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service's evidence room at the request of the tribe.
BIA Special Agent Mike McCoy says the audit has been going on for about two weeks. He says the BIA's professional standards division is performing the audit at the request of the Marshal Service but that he does not know how long it will take. He says no exit interview has been conducted.
Tulsa, OK – Police say box outside Okla clinic not a bomb
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say a suspicious package left at a clinic where abortions are performed has been ruled safe.
Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley said Friday that Reproductive Services was evacuated after an employee noticed a box in a trash can that she didn't recognize to be trash from the clinic. Ashley says the package is still being investigated, but a bomb technician examined it and found there was no explosive device inside the box.
Tulsa, OK – The newly formed not-for-profit organization Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI) has made headway in recent meetings as they move toward a potential private management structure for the Tulsa Zoo.
The board members nominated and elected officers, voting unanimously on each position. Serving as president will be Phil Lakin; vice president, Robert Thomas; and, secretary/treasurer, Stacy Kymes.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Federal campaign reports show former state Rep. Kevin Calvey had more than three times as much cash on hand last week as his opponent James Lankford in the race for the open 5th District congressional seat.
Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission late Thursday show Calvey had nearly $193,000 cash on hand, compared to about $56,000 for Lankford.
The reports detail expenses and receipts through Aug. 4.
Muskogee, Okla. – MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A U.S. Army reservist from Cushing has won a lawsuit that claimed the company he worked for would not rehire him after he spent a tour of duty in Iraq.
A jury in U.S. District Court in Muskogee on Thursday found Corrections Corporation of America violated federal law by not rehiring 32-year-old Dennis Weems. CCA which operates privately run prisons was ordered to pay Weems $53,754 in back wages and benefits.