Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett has agreed to hold contract talks with the Tulsa Fire Fighters' Union. The mayor is scrambling to come up with budget cutting measures that do not include lay-offs. The Mayor says the Fire Department Union understands the city budget constraints and wants to talk about proposals to spare up to 135-fire fighter jobs.
The mayor, meanwhile, has not agreed to such talks with the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police. The police union compared the mayor to an extortionist during a recent news conference.
Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Debbe Leftwich has filed legislation aimed at party bus companies that turn a blind eye to drunken teen passengers. Leftwich said she began working on the legislation after being contacted by officials with Santa Fe South High School last spring.
Tulsa, OK – Thousands of people lined the streets of Tulsa for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade today. The weather was ideal for event as over 100 floats, schools, bands, drill teams, public safety and military organizations took part.
The parade stepped off at 11 a.m. Monday morning and traveled along Greenwood Avenue from Pine all the way to Second Street.
Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials showcase the progress on three major construction projects to top Congressional transportation leaders.
U.S. Congressman James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and Oklahoma Congresswoman Mary Fallin had a first had look at how Oklahoma us putting its share of federal stimulus funds to use in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.