OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation designed to help Oklahoma counties convert their vehicle fleets to compressed natural gas and increase CNG fuel stations across the state has been approved by the Oklahoma House.
The measure by Republican Representative Josh Cockroft of Tecumseh passed 71-17 on Thursday and was sent to the state Senate for consideration.
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating after Okmulgee police officers were involved in a shooting that left one person dead.
The OSBI says the shooting occurred early Thursday. Authorities say a police officer attempted to stop an SUV for a traffic violation, but the driver took off and several other offices joined the pursuit.
When the car stopped, the driver got out of the SUV and was allegedly holding a weapon. OSBI says that's when police shot and killed the man.
Tulsa Public Schools announced its plan for making up snow days missed earlier this week.
As noted on the official calendar, traditional school sites will be in session on Friday, March 14, moving all planned parent teacher conferences for that day to evening times. The make-up day for all Continuous Learning Calendar schools will be on April 7, which was originally scheduled for parent-teacher conferences.
Testimony will resume today in the Willie Wise double murder trial. He is suspected of killing a rival gang member and a shopper at the I-44 and Darlington Best Buy. The reputed gang member was shot in the parking lot. However, a stray bullet crashed through the front window of the store and hit the 58-year-old man who was shopping with his daughter.
After a record-setting 2012 and a near-record 2013, 2014 is also off to a good start at the Port of Catoosa.
A $6.4 million federal grant will cover about half the cost of rehabilitating the port's main dock. City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority Chairman David Page said in his state of the port address the project will nearly double capacity.
"The work we're going to do on renovating our dock will greatly increase our — just the capacity and loads we can manage at the port, but it will also give us a bigger variety of freight that we can handle," Page said.
Workers clearing ice and snow from Tulsa streets racked up $362,456 in overtime.
The streets and storm water department went over its overtime budget for winter storm response by more than $200,000. Street Maintenance Manager Tim McCorkell said a more severe winter caught the city a little off guard.
An upgrade to phone and computer technology at Tulsa city hall should help get potholes fixed more quickly. Under the new system, there is GPS capability…so you could take a picture of a pothole, send it to city hall, and a crew could go right out and repair it. But given current budget woes, Councilor Phil Lakin is worried about having personnel to follow up, if things speed up on the front end.
Officials say the system should also speed up response to city code violations reported by citizens.
Domestic Violence Intervention Services announced Thursday it is building a new shelter and transitional housing in Tulsa.
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Tulsa Fire Chief Ray Driskell (right), Councilor David Patrick, DVIS Executive Director Tracey Lyall (white coat) and Michelle Hardesty with the Hardesty Family Foundation (end) sign a beam to be used in construction of DVIS' new shelter.
Tulsa-based Domestic Violence Intervention Services announces it is building new facilities.
Lee Eslicker, co-chair of DVIS' ReBUILDING Lives capital campaign, says the current shelter is 28 years old and no longer adequate.
"The time has come to build a new shelter and transitional housing that will allow DVIS to serve more clients and house them in a place that is safe and secure and allow them to rebuild their lives," Eslicker said.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says two more people have died from the flu during the past week, adding to the record number of influenza-related deaths in the state.
The agency says a total of 53 people have died due to the virus during the flu season that started in late September. The previous record of 46 flu-related deaths in 2009, the year that Oklahoma health officials began tracking the statistic, was broken two weeks ago.