Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry, House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee announced a budget agreement today that protects the four core functions of government, including education, health care, public safety and transportation. Those four areas are at least held harmless in this agreement, all while not tapping the state's Rainy Day fund, leaving about $600 million in place for future needs if necessary.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa mayor abruptly walks out of council meeting
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor abruptly walked out of a city council meeting after a testy exchange with Councilor Bill Martinson.
Martinson interrupted Taylor to say something during yesterday's meeting while the mayor was discussing the Tulsa Stadium Improvement District. She told Martinson that she "would sure like to finish a sentence ... if you don't mind."
Tulsa, OK – Work will begin next year on a $60-to-65 million renovation of the main runway at the Tulsa International Airport. Airports Deputy Director Jeff Hough says grants from the federal government will pay 95% of the project's cost.
Most airport runways last about 20-years before major rehabilitation is needed. Hough says it has been 25-years or more for the Tulsa runway. He expects the work to get underway in the summer of 2010 and last almost five years.