Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma's jobless rate climbs to 7 percent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's unemployment rate rose by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7 percent in August.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Tuesday that 122,480 people were out of work last month, up from 121,610 who were unemployed in July. Oklahoma's unemployment rate in August 2009 was 6.9 percent.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A former teacher and coach convicted of murdering his wife has been sentenced in Tulsa to life in prison without parole. The Tulsa World reports the defense for 52-year-old John Kastner rested its case yesterday without calling any witnesses.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
Tulsa, OK – Elton John with very special guest Leon Russell will appear in concert with their bands on Friday, November 12th at 8pm at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as part of The Union Tour. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, September 25th at 10am.
Tulsa, OK – Converting Tulsa's old city hall to a hotel gets a boost this week with final approval of the real estate deal expected. Councilors are expected to sign off on a resolution okaying the 1.2 million dollar contract with the same family that renovated the Mayo Hotel. City Economic Development Director Mike Bunney says closing will follow council action.
Oklahoma City, OK – Henry to chair opposition to ballot question
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A longtime supporter of common education, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry says he's agreed to be the statewide chairman of a group opposed to a state question that would dramatically increase funding for public schools.
Tulsa, OK – Since Tulsa's Sheriff has taken back the operation of the county jail, costs have stayed below budget each year. Financial experts claim that would not be the case had the operation continued under a private company. Sheriff Glanz says his style of direct supervision of inmates is a major reason for the turn-around.
When the jail first opened in 1999, Corrections Corporation of America ran the operation. The Sheriff resumed operations in 2005.