Stillwater, OK – OSU study shows economic link between Okla., Texas
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma State University study indicates the economic performance of Oklahoma and Texas are linked through trade and that growth in one state results in growth in the other.
Kyle Dean and Russell Evans of OSU's Center for Applied Economic Research led the study. They developed a model to estimate the level of economic interdependency existing along the Interstate 35 corridor linking Oklahoma City to Dallas and Fort Worth.
Tulsa, OK – A giant hole opened on the bridge deck at I-44 and 163rd East Avenue. Kenna Mitchell with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation tells KWGS News crews are working to patch the bridge deck.
The hole was so large that cars hitting the section had tires blown out.
Denver, CO – Okla. bombing conspirator on a hunger strike
DENVER (AP) Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols says he's going on a hunger strike because he claims prison officials don't provide him a fiber-rich diet.
Nichols said in a handwritten note filed in Denver federal court Thursday that he began his strike Monday because his body is being "defiled" by the food he gets at the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colo.
Oklahoma City, OK – Lawmakers pass budget bills for FY2010 fix
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State lawmakers are using money from federal stimulus funds and a state savings account to plug a hole in this year's budget, prevent trooper furloughs and ease cuts for education, health care and prisons.
Although no formal agreement has been announced, special budget committees in the House and Senate on Thursday approved several funding bills to patch the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
Muskogee, OK – MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Muskogee school officials say three elementary school students were hospitalized after a car hit the school bus they were riding. District Transportation Director Anne Henry says none of the injuries are serious. Police say the driver of the car ran a stop light and hit the bus yesterday morning.
Information from: Muskogee Phoenix, http://www.muskogeephoenix.com
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce and 34 regional partners announced the current status of the top initiatives it is collectively championing at the state capitol.
1)-Gilcrease Expressway 2)-OSU Medical Center Funding 3)-A study on municipal finances 4)-Race to the Top Education funding 5)-Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Reform 6)-Institution of a provider fee that would help maximize federal matching funds.
The list was announced in a news conference at the Summit Club in downtown Tulsa.
Pryor, OK – 100 people will soon be out of work at Pryor's Gatorade plant. The facility opened less than three years ago. A news release from the company says the decision to close the plant was not easy, but was necessary considering the overall market conditions.
Manufacturing work has already ceased at the plant The facility will be mothballed in about three months. Gatorade is owned by PepsiCo. The plant cost $180-million and was PepsiCo's largest Gatorade facility.