Oklahoma City, OK – 3 more flu deaths reported in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Influenza-related illnesses are still making a mark in Oklahoma, as health authorities report three more deaths, bringing the total number this season to 15.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Thursday that one of the deaths came in the 0 to 18 age group and occurred in Jefferson County. The other deaths came in the 19-64 group in Marshall County and in the 65 and older group in Tulsa County.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa downtown Inner Dispersal Loop is finished. The 75-million dollar federal stimulus rebuild project wrapped up this afternoon.
On hand for the re-dedication was Governor Fallin along with several members of the U-S House Transportation Committee which authorized the project. The ceremony was moved to OneOk Field because of the weather.
As a member of Congress, Fallin voted against the stimulus package. She said yesterday that it should have contained more transportation projects.
Undated – Thunderstorms bring rain to parched Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunderstorms with rain and small hail are moving across parts of Oklahoma that have been in a drought.
National Weather Service forecaster Daryl Williams in Norman said no flooding has been reported or is expected as a result of the Thursday rainfall. He said the rain will "modestly" help parched areas of the state but does not end the drought.
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma education board meeting is quiet
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The second meeting of the state Board of Education under new Superintendent Janet Barresi began quietly with a state trooper on hand for security.
The meeting Thursday morning is the first since last month's contentious meeting in which board member Tim Gilpin called Barresi a "dictator" and fellow member Herb Rozell said a legislative liaison would be "worthless" if she took maternity leave while the Legislature was in session.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. bill cracks down on drunken drivers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Drivers convicted of a first drunken driving offense would be forced to install an ignition device on their vehicles for two years under a bill being proposed in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Named after an Edmond woman killed by a drunken driver in 2009, the Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in a Senate committee.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. panel votes to repeal collective bargaining
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Following a pattern in Wisconsin, an Oklahoma state House committee has narrowly approved legislation that would repeal collective bargaining rights for municipal employees in Oklahoma's 13 largest cities.