Tulsa, Ok – Tulsa World lays off 18, cites soft economy
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Officials at the Tulsa World have reduced the newspaper's staff by 18 positions, or 3 percent.
Publisher Robert E. Lorton III said Tuesday softness in the local and national economies led to the decision to lay off employees. Lorton says readers and subscribers won't notice any change in the amount of content the newspaper provides.
Executive Editor Joe Worley the newsroom is restructuring to make use of staff in a more efficient manner.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. plans $5.2M prison fund shift
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republican leaders in the Oklahoma Legislature have reached a deal to divert $5.2 million within the Department of Corrections to spare the agency from forcing prison guards and other workers to take additional furlough days.
Bartlesville, OK – BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) Bartlesville firefighters took a 7-year-old boy to the hospital after he fell 30 feet down a well and suffered a head injury. Rescuers also had to pull out the boy's mother, who climbed down into the hand-dug well in order to comfort her son while he waited to be rescued on Sunday. She wasn't hurt.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House panel passes illegal immigrant bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Stepping up efforts to curb illegal immigration, an Oklahoma House committee has approved a measure that would give state law enforcement officers authority to assess the immigration status of motorists.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Monday and sent it to the full House for action.
Sand Springs, OK – After nearly two decades sitting idle, there are new plans to use the old Hissom Center site in Sand Springs. Webco Industries wants to expand to meet a growing demand for its' products. Chief Financial Officer Mike Howard says the Hissom site would suit their needs
When expansion is complete, Howard says about 80 jobs would be created in the first year. Tulsa County leaders have created a tax increment district to help ease some of the company's costs.