Bixby, OK – The Kimberly Clark Company says it is laying-off three percent of its global workforce. That totals to nearly 1,600 people. However, the company says it will not close any of its plants, including its facility between Bixby and Jenks in South Tulsa County.
The lay-offs will impact non-production staff and salaried workers. The economy is catching the blame for the action.
TEXT of Company News Release:
Kimberly-Clark Announces Actions to Improve Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness
Tulsa, OK – Below is the text of an email, Mayor Taylor sent to City Council members following the open meeting critical the Grants Administration office:
In response to many of your questions at today's committee meeting, I thought it would be helpful to review how we got to where we are on the road to improving our accountability and performance on HUD grants.
Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa is in danger of losing more federal grant money. The way the funds, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, were spent are being questioned by HUD. The city could be forced to repay an estimated $1.5 million.
This is the second time HUD has questioned city dealings in the last nine months.
Oklahoma City, OK – Officials zero in on fraud, abuse
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State and federal officials are working together to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the spending of more than $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds in Oklahoma.
Ensuring accountability is the subject of a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Oklahoma City involving state Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage, FBI special agent in charge James Finch and U.S. attorneys John Richter, David O'Melia and Sheldon Sperling.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma could be facing a shortage of teachers in the future as the number of retiring educators exceeds the amount coming into the profession.
A National Commission on Teaching and America's Future report recently warned that as baby boomers reach retirement age, states will lose large numbers of teachers. The retirements are expected to peak in the 2010-2011 school year.
Yukon, OK – At least 3 injured in explosion at Oklahoma motel
YUKON, Okla. (AP) Authorities say a pregnant woman and at least two others were injured today in an explosion at a motel in Yukon.
Yukon police spokeswoman Klare Ly says the woman, who is eight months pregnant, and a man were critically injured in the blast at the Guest Inn Motel in Yukon about 6 p.m. The Emergency Medical Services Authority says another person was treated at the scene.
Ly said a couple other people may have suffered minor injuries.
On Saturday, Phillip Evans, President of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, issued a press release challenging the presentation I made to the City Council on Thursday, June 18th concerning the City's budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. I found the content disturbing, especially considering the importance and sensitivity of Public Safety to the community.
Tulsa, OK – Over a dozen downtown property owners are going to court to seek to stop the assessment fee for the new downtown ballpark. The class action lawsuit names Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and City Finance Director Mike Kier.