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.
Hauling people in the back of a pick-up is not illegal in Oklahoma. However, a Muskogee State Senator says it should be.
The Oklahoma Senate today voted down a bill that would have made it illegal for people to ride in the back of a pick-up. The measure was from Muskogee Democrat Earl Garrison.
He says 28,000 people die from falling out of moving trucks in the U.S. Garrison says seat belts are required to ride in the cab of a truck, but, for some reason, it is okay to ride-- unsecured--in the pick-up’s bed.
Authorities in Jenks are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide. A mother and her three year-old daughter are dead, a five year-old son is hospitalized.
The discovery was made late yesterday afternoon. Undergoing a custody fight, the mother apparently gathered the children into the garage and started the family car. The mother are girl was found dead at the scene. The boy was taken to St-Francis Medical Center.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma group that supports a set of education standards known Common Core is delivering a petition to state legislators signed by more than 7,000 Oklahomans who support the standards.
The Expect More OK! Coalition delivered the online petition to lawmakers Wednesday.
Common Core standards have been adopted in 45 states, including Oklahoma in 2010, and include basic requirements for students in math and English.
Hearings on Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban lawsuit are set for mid-April in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, but several groups are weighing in now.
More than a dozen friend of the court briefs were filed Tuesday before a midnight deadline, most of them supporting same-sex marriage. Filers included Republicans who were former opponents and a coalition of businesses including Google and Starbucks.