Local & Regional
9:56 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Tulsa Gets Economic Development Director

New Economic Development Director Mike Bunney
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – In a news conference held today, Mayor Bartlett announced he has named Mike Bunney to be the city's new Economic Development Director. Bunney is a native of Nowata and a graduate of OU.

He began his business career in Tulsa at the McDonnell Douglas facility as director of finance. He was a site director for Boeing and for the past two years served as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the city of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
4:42 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Arrow Arrest Warrants

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve arrests warrants on the chair of Arrow Trucking and her son. The warrants are not connected to the firm's sudden pre-Christmas demise, but related to a fatality accident in Cleveland County in 2006.

Their attorney says the warrants have been recalled.

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Local & Regional
2:15 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Preparing for the next storm

A slick intersection in midtown Tulsa.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Public Works Department is shifting dollars around to be sure it has plenty of salt to treat Tulsa's streets. The department has announced this morning it is taking $125,000 from a pot-hole patching fund to purchase an additional 3,000 tons of salt.

Public Works Director Charles Hardt says he is robbing Peter to pay Paul but he has no other options, short of asking citizens to come outside with a salt-shaker.

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Local & Regional
11:51 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Tulsa Police and Fire

Fire Chief Allen LaCroix and Police Chief Ron Palmer answer questions from Tulsa City Council Members.
TGOV

Tulsa, OK – The 4th floor meeting room is packed at Tulsa City Hall as members of the City Council get input on a proposal to reduce the number of upper and middle managers in the Police and Fire Departments.

Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer says the $3.4 million in proposed cuts would "gut" the Tulsa Police Department. He says the department would be at 1980 staffing levels while trying to fight 2010 crime rates. He called it "unacceptable".

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Local & Regional
11:47 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Schools Closed in Area

Miami, OK – Schools remain closed in NE Oklahoma

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) About two dozen schools in northeastern Oklahoma remain closed because of icy roads in the region.

School officials in Ottawa, Delaware, Craig, Nowata, Osage, Mayes, and Rogers counties have called off classes for Tuesday after weekend snow.

Emergency management director Glenda Longan in Miami (my-AM'-uh) says primary roads have been cleared but rural roads remain slick.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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Local & Regional
9:41 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Trial Delay

Tulsa, OK – Murder trial of ex-Tulsa teacher again delayed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The murder trial of a former Tulsa high school teacher in death of his wife is being delayed after he is changing attorneys for a fifth time.

John Kastner was to go on trial Monday for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Lori Kastner in June 2008. He says an intruder broke into his home and shot her as she slept then shot him in the hand as the two fought.

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Local & Regional
5:07 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

Oklahoma's Economy

Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) House Speaker Chris Benge says he is studying whether Oklahoma needs an energy stabilization fund. He says it would capture oil and gas revenue when prices are high and distribute the revenue when prices drop. State officials blame low energy prices and a sluggish economy for the state's budget hole of more than $729 million.

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Local & Regional
5:03 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

918 Ruling

Oklahoma City, OK – On a split vote, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission voted this morning for an 918 area code overlay to address the number shortage. That will mean everyone will keep their current numbers but all new numbers after 2012 will be assigned a different area code. You will eventually have to dial 10-digits to reach anyone in our area, even local calls.

Commissioner Dana Murphy voted against the overlay plan. She wanted the area to split into two different code areas.

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