Muskogee, OK – 21-year-old re-elected as mayor of Oklahoma town
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) A 21-year-old college student has been elected to a second term as mayor of Muskogee, avoiding a runoff in a four-person race.
John Tyler Hammons won 51.4 percent of the vote on Tuesday in the town of about 38,000 people in eastern Oklahoma. Among those he beat was Bob Coburn, the cousin of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who received 29.4 percent of the vote. Coburn missed forcing a runoff election by 130 votes.
Tulsa, OK – All is ready for tomorrow night's first game at the new ONEOK field in downtown Tulsa. The Tulsa Drillers have settled into to their new $60-million ball park. The first game is against Corpus Christi.
Many of the downtown restaurants are adding staff as downtown Tulsa comes alive with baseball. The ball park is located at Greenwood and Archer. The area was once known as the Black Wall Street, prior to the 1921 Race Riot.
Tahlequah, OK – Cherokees dedicate National Supreme Court museum
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) One of the state's oldest buildings now will be used as a museum operated by the Cherokee Nation.
Tribal officials including Cherokee Chief Chad Smith gathered Wednesday to dedicate the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. The building was built in 1844 and the tribe says it is Oklahoma's oldest public building.
Oklahoma City, OK – OSBI defends its handling of homicide cases
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After the death of a 7-year-old girl who had been the subject of a two-month search, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is defending its handling of high-profile homicide cases.
OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Tuesday the agency is involved only in the most difficult probes but that it cleared 83.7 percent of its homicide cases last year.
"We have lost an inspirational leader and a great American, someone who was truly a legend in her own time."
"As a leader and a person, Chief Wilma Mankiller continually defied the odds and overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to better her tribe, her state and her nation. Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation and the United States will dearly miss Wilma and her visionary leadership, but her words and deeds will live on forever to benefit future generations.
Tahlequah, OK – Wilma Mankiller, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, passed away this morning. Mankiller served 12 years in elective office at the Cherokee Nation, the first two as Deputy Principal Chief followed by 10 years as Principal Chief. She retired from public office in 1995. Among her many honors, Mankiller was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.
Tulsa, OK – American Airlines moving 200 positions to Texas
TULSA, Okla. (AP) American Airlines is transferring 200 Tulsa-based maintenance operations coordinators to Texas over two years.
Airlines officials said Monday the company is consolidating employees of the Maintenance Operations Center, which oversees aircraft maintenance at line or overnight maintenance stations, with the Systems Operations Center in Fort Worth.
The SOC dispatches aircraft to airports or line maintenance stations where they are needed.