Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Health Department officials have confirmed that a Tulsa County resident under the age of 18 has died from influenza A. Further laboratory tests will be needed to confirm if the influenza A strain is H1N1 (swine) flu . It is not known at this time if the child had any underlying health conditions.
"The tragic loss of a child in our community is a reminder of how important it is to continue working on ways to prevent further spread of influenza. My deepest sympathies are offered to the child's family." stated Interim Director Reggie Ivey.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Health Department announced today that it will soon receive a limited supply of H1N1 influenza vaccine. The vaccine is in the form of a nasal spray, which is approved for healthy persons 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant and who do not have underlying medical conditions. It is anticipated that approximately 3,400 doses will arrive within the next week. These are the first doses of the new vaccine to be delivered to the county as part of the initial 21,100 doses shipped to Oklahoma.
Tulsa, OK – Okla. official told industry about pollution fix
TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma official says he talked with the poultry industry more than a decade ago about ways to move chicken waste out of the Illinois River watershed.
Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Director Ed Fite made the comment during testimony yesterday in Oklahoma's pollution lawsuit against 11 Arkansas poultry companies. Oklahoma claims that tons of chicken waste have polluted the Illinois River watershed on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa council votes 7-2 to accept stimulus grant
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa City Council has voted 7-2 to accept a $3.5 million federal stimulus grant to hire 18 police officers.
The Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS grant will pay the salaries and benefits of the new officers for three years. The city is required to keep the officers at least one year after the first three at a cost of about $1.3 million and will pay about $396,000 to train and equip them.
Washington, D.C. – Boren, Murphy start Natural Gas Caucus in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) Congressmen from Oklahoma and Pennsylvania say they have started a Congressional Natural Gas Caucus to try and boost the profile of the energy source.
Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said Thursday they have started to recruit other members of Congress. They say their goal is to inform and educate their colleagues and others about the potential for natural gas to be used to meet the nation's future energy needs.
By Hear John Durkee's report from the Federal Court House
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge in Oklahoma's lawsuit against 11 Arkansas poultry companies has reversed himself and will admit government reports on problems associated with chicken waste in the Illinois River valley and what to do about it.