Tulsa, OK – In its April issue of County News, the National Association of Counties recognized Tulsa County's website as one of only seven among county websites in the U.S. that achieved a perfect score for transparency. Tulsa County was recently awarded the annual Sunny Award by Sunshine Review.
"Sunny Award winners are recognized for making information available to citizens and for setting a transparency standard that all governments can and should meet," said Mike Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris is sending an email to Tulsa area lawmakers in Oklahoma City. He is telling them that continued cuts to his and other district attorney offices across the state will put public safety in jeopardy.
Harris says the constitution is clear, "public safety is our number one priority". Harris says his office is facing a 16-percent budget cut and that will undermine prosecution efforts.
For the second time in a week a fire has been reported in the long closed and dilapidated Tulsa Club downtown. Tulsa Fire Department Spokesman Bill French says the latest fire was this morning about 8:45.
French says it is believed the fire was started by homeless people. The city has declared the building a nuisance but is having trouble getting the out-of-state owner to address the problems.
Tulsa, OK – An effort to reduce the number of lay-offs is underway in the Tulsa Public Schools. A retirement incentive fund has been created by philanthropic groups, but Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard says the million dollars must be matched.
Without efforts to get older teachers to retire, younger teachers with less tenure would be laid-off because of state budget cuts.