Gunshots, screams, and sirens are heard at the Jenks High School, but it’s all part of a drill to test emergency response to armed assailants. The Jenks District holds the full-scale multi-jurisdictional emergency exercise every other year, and this year’s scenario just happened to be a mass shooting on the day after a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas. Bonnie Rogers is Chief Information Officer for Jenks Schools and she says these realistic drills are necessary to find any holes in response policies and get them corrected.
A Tulsa police officer was charged with five felony counts today, including two counts for receiving bribes.
The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office charged Tyrone Jenkins, 40, with taking a total of $3,100 in bribes from an individual who was a part of a “sting” operation by the Tulsa Police Department. Jenkins also is charged with two counts of violating the Computer Crimes Act and one count of Attempted Intent to Deliver an Illegal Narcotic.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill to extend a $5 million annual film rebate program through 2024 is among four measures that have been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
Fallin on Wednesday signed the Compete with Canada Film Act to extend the program that was used to help lure the production of last year's "August: Osage County" to Oklahoma.
Under the program, the state provides rebates to filmmakers of $1 for every $3 they spend on movie productions in Oklahoma, up to a total of $5 million annually. The $5 million cap has been reached in each of the past three years.
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — GOP congressman Markwayne Mullin has announced plans to run for a second term representing the 2nd Congressional District in Oklahoma.
Mullin said Wednesday that he remains determined to "challenge the status quo in Washington, D.C., and fight for our way of life here in Oklahoma."
Mullin was elected in November 2012 to the seat that was vacated by Democrat Dan Boren. The district stretches across 26 eastern Oklahoma counties — from the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the northeast to the Red River border with Texas in the south.
The Tulsa City Attorney tells the City Council the Legal Department cannot cut more and still do its job. David O’ Meilia told the council his department is authorized for 31-employees but, because of a hiring freeze, only has 26.
He says the budget submitted for the department is the absolute bare minimum to carry on city legal functions. He says there is no fat left in the department.
O’Meilia says city council and the mayor are required, by law, to fund the department as needed to carry out its charter mandates.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that is leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under "Obamacare" offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs.
Hobby Lobby Stores has a 401(k) plan featuring several mutual funds investing in pharmaceutical firms that produce intrauterine birth control devices, emergency contraceptive pills and drugs used in abortion procedures.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years has passed a Senate committee, despite concerns the proposal will tie the hands of future legislators.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-3 on Wednesday for the bill by Republican Sen. James Halligan of Stillwater. It now goes to the full Senate before returning to the House for consideration.