Tulsa, OK – Statement from Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.
The citizens of Tulsa expect and deserve better than what they have been getting from their city government. With that undeniable truth in mind, I today renew my commitment to lead this city. I will focus my energies not on politics or false accusations, but rather on issues that are critical to Tulsans, such as our economy, the current budget crisis, more efficient government, public safety and street improvements.
Lawton, Okla. – LAWTON, Okla. (AP) Lawton police have arrested a shirtless man they say was carrying around a machete and a stolen flag.
Police say they received a call about the unidentified man in southwest Lawton about 8:15 p.m. Monday. Dispatchers told officers the man might need an emergency order of detention. The man was described as in his early 40s, shirtless, wearing a pair of blue jeans and carrying the machete and flag.
Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma transportation officials have ordered modifications to bridges in the state that are similar to one that was involved in a deadly collapse in Minnesota in 2007.
Gary Evans, the chief engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, said Tuesday that officials have ordered a design review of 95 truss bridges in the state. Evans says reports on 30 of the bridges have been received so far and that nine of them needed modification.
Tulsa, OK – Feds sue to block Arizona illegal immigrant law
TULSA, OK (AP) The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's tough new law targeting illegal immigrants.
The government filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on Tuesday. In Tulsa, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn says Arizona is following federal law, something, he says, the federal government is not doing.
Tulsa, OK – Former Skiatook School Superintendent Gary Johnson will be in court tomorrow morning. He is facing charges of embezzlement and bribery in connection with over-spending in the Skiatook district.
Johnson was indicted by a grand jury last month. He will enter a not guilty plea and ask for a preliminary hearing.