Tulsa, OK – School districts and municipalities in Tulsa County are about to get Christmas is July in an unexpected gift. Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler is making cash available from the interest paid on delinquent property taxes. It totals $1.2-million.
Under state law the funds will be split three-ways, among the school districts, towns and the county. The checks should arrive later this month. Semler says this is the first time the county has made the funds available.
Oklahoma City, OK – Finding "either willful blindness or gross incompetence" on behalf of administrators, the state's Multicounty Grand Jury today issued an interim report stemming from its investigation into the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.
The report says employees have been "victimized psychologically, emotionally and sexually," and accused previous chief medical examiners of "turning a blind eye" to the problems.
Tulsa, OK – A large back hoe rips into a multi story building along 51st street just east of Lewis.
Matt Casillas is the project manager for the I-44 widening project from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. We met him in the parking lot where the Graves office building was coming down to make way for the interstate widening project. This is not the only project that has to me moved out of the way, two other buildings on the northeast corner of 51st and Lewis must be razed.
Tulsa, OK – he single-largest project ever awarded in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's history is underway. This $75 million stimulus-funded project will rebuild the north and west legs of Tulsa's Inner Dispersal Loop (includes portions of I-244, US-412, US-64 and SH-51), replace the decks on 44 bridges on the north and west legs, and will repair the surface on portions of the east and south legs.
Tulsa, OK – Panel looks at private juvenile prison
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Board of Juvenile Affairs is considering a possible private prison for juvenile offenders.
The board is expected to vote in September on whether to solicit proposals to build or manage a private lockup. The move would require closing at least one of the agency's three prisons, the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs and two others in Manitou and Tecumseh.