Tulsa City Councilors are disappointed with Mayor Bartlett’s veto of a resolution urging that the Department of Transportation NOT sell a state owned rail line. Councilors believe a sale will diminish or eliminate chances for returning passenger train service to Eastern Oklahoma. Council Chair Karen Gilbert says the vote on the resolution was unanimous, and the mayor’s opposing stance is difficult to understand.
She says the veto and what to do about it will be discussed at a committee meeting, and then a veto override attempt could be the next step.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.9-magnitude earthquake has been recorded in the Lake Arcadia area in Edmond.
Police say there are no reports of damage or injury but that there were several calls from people who felt the quake.
The quake was recorded at 8:17 a.m. Wednesday in the Oklahoma City suburb and comes after a series of smaller quakes ranging from magnitude 2.1 to 2.9 were recorded overnight in the Stillwater area about 50 miles to the north.
The Tulsa Public School board will soon make a decision on how to make up snow days. The recent winter weather is forcing TPS to look at various options. District spokesman, Chris Payne, says they have exceeded the number of planned snow days.
"So we're looking at various options - the possibility of maybe extending the school day. There's also the possibility that we're going back and counting the number of hours."
Payne says the unpredictable weather has proved it is hard to plan out snow days.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa is scheduled to host its seventh-annual convention for small business owners and entrepreneurs next week.
The BRIDGE Networking and Training Event is scheduled for March 11 at the Cox Business Center downtown.
The BRIDGE in the title stands for Building Resources in Developing and Growing Enterprises. The event provides attendees with business information and networking and an opportunity to promote their business or organization.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The price of gasoline is rising across Oklahoma — up by 22.5 cents during the past month.
Triple A Oklahoma said Tuesday that the average price for self-serve regular gasoline is $3.33 per gallon. The price is 24 cents per gallon lower than at the same time last year.
Prices in selected cities across the state range from $3.26 per gallon in Lawton and Tulsa to $3.43 in Guymon. Oklahoma City drivers were paying $3.34 per gallon while the nationwide average on Tuesday was $3.46.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of current and former Republican lawmakers say they support making same-sex marriage legal in Utah and Oklahoma because it's consistent with Western conservative values of freedom and liberty.
A group that includes former Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas filed a friend of the court brief Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Denver that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.
Mayor Bartlett is vetoing a Tulsa City Council resolution calling for the state not to sell the Sooner Sub Rail Line between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The rail line is being considered for a passenger train link between the state's largest cities.
Bartlett feels that passenger rail should be all private sector and not a state backed partnership.