Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett said today the City of Tulsa's sales tax revenue for mid-November to mid-December, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, is 5.9 percent above the same period last year.
"That's good news," the mayor said, "and, with the consensus of the City Council, we have implemented several budget amendments to restore employee pay, cut furlough days, add a planning director and more.
Tulsa, OK – Incoming Okla. AG to challenge health care law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's incoming attorney general says he plans to file a separate legal challenge against the federal government over the new federal health care law.
Republican Attorney General-elect Scott Pruitt said Friday he plans to file a lawsuit soon after he's sworn into office on Monday. Oklahoma would be the third state to file its own legal challenge. Similar lawsuits have been filed in Virginia and Florida.
Sapulpa, OK – Police: Okla. inmate captured at Sapulpa motel
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) Police say they've captured an escaped inmate from Tulsa after a four-hour standoff at a Sapulpa motel.
Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the inmate escaped from the Avalon Treatment Center. Police say they found the inmate's car in the parking lot of the Interstate Inn and knocked on his motel room door. Police say a woman left the room and was arrested, but the suspect refused to leave.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma state senator has been thwarted in his attempt to stop outgoing Gov. Brad Henry from making a sixth appointment to the state Supreme Court.
The high court yesterday denied a motion by state Sen. Clark Jolley for a stay that would have prevented Henry from appointing a justice to replace the late Marian Opala, who died in October. The court's ruling on the motion allows Henry, a Democrat, to proceed with appointing a new justice. But the merits of the case have not yet been decided.