WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Thunderstorms unleashed bursts of heat and strong winds on parts of northwestern Oklahoma, damaging homes and businesses, electric power poles and an emergency management command center.
Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said Saturday officials believe heat bursts from collapsing storms miles away created winds ranging from 70 mph to 76 mph in the county about 10:15 p.m. Friday.
WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says a Memorial Day event will mark the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of the Interstate 40 bridge into the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls. The bridge collapsed May 26th, 2002, when a barge crashed into it. A total of 14 people were killed as their vehicles plunged into the river. The Memorial Day event will begin at 10 a.m. at a memorial to the 14 victims located behind the former City Hall in Webbers Falls.
OZARK, Ark. (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a plane flying from Tulsa to Tunica, Mississippi crashed in western Arkansas — leaving two people with what authorities describe as minor injuries. Sergeant Brent Scott with the Franklin County sheriff's office says the pilot was taken to a hospital after the plane crashed about 3:30 p.m. Friday in a field near the Ozark airport in Franklin County. Scott says the one passenger in the four-passenger plane also had minor injuries — but was not hospitalized.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Tulsa man has died after crashing his motorcycle while being pursued by a trooper. The OHP says 33-year-old Chad Alan Woods died at a Tulsa hospital of head and other injuries following the crash about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The OHP says a trooper had tried to stop Woods for an undisclosed traffic violation on Interstate 244 when Woods sped away and eventually drove onto U.S. 412 — then onto a city street.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state House of Representatives will not consider a $20 million bond issue to help build the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa. The Senate had narrowly approved the bond issue on Wednesday and sent it to the House — but the House decided not to consider the plan as the Legislature faces a 5 p.m. Friday deadline to adjourn. Tulsa Metro Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal issued a statement saying it was agreed that the best course is to wait another year before pursuing state funding to help build the museum.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Governor Mary Fallin is acknowledging a deal to cut the state's income tax won't be reached before lawmakers adjourn on Friday and that she won't call them back into a special session to address the issue.
The Republican governor said Thursday she's disappointed the House and Senate failed to reach a final agreement on what was one of her top priorities for the legislative session.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State transportation officials say a federal grant to upgrade rail lines in western Oklahoma will help keep up with increased oil and natural gas production in the region.
A $6.75 million federal grant has been awarded to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. It's part of an $8.5 million project to rehabilitate 49 miles of state-owned tracks between Clinton and Sayre in Beckham County.