Oklahoma City, OK – Transportation officials want funding extension
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley says he's hopeful for a temporary extension of a federal funding bill by year's end and wants the incoming Congress to enact a more permanent solution next year.
Oklahoma City, OK – Emergency contract awarded on Route 66 bridge
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State transportation commissioners have awarded an emergency contract on a project being sped up because of deteriorating conditions on a State Highway 66 bridge over Bird Creek in Rogers County.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Public School District is reviewing its facilities. Tulsa School Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard calls it "Project School House". It is an effort to possibly consolidate the number of schools in the Tulsa District.
With enrollment around 40,000 students, the district has 90-different schools. Back in the 1950s, enrollment was the same, but the district has a little over 50-schools.
Oklahoma City, OK – 130 executive state agency employees get raises
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Despite the state's ongoing budget crunch, 130 employees at executive agencies have received raises between October 2009 and October 2010.
The Oklahoman analyzed state payroll records and determined that almost one-third of those raises came inside agencies that have elected heads who will be leaving office next month. The raises range from 3 percent to more than 40 percent.
Muskogee, OK – Muskogee meeting set over power line proposals
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Proposals for power-line installation paths in eastern Oklahoma will be the subject of a meeting on Tuesday in Muskogee.
The Muskogee Phoenix reports that Oklahoma Gas and Electric sent out about 3,000 letters to eastern Oklahoma residents who could be affected by the construction of the high-voltage lines along the 125-mile route from a power plant near Konawa in Seminole County to a generating station east of Muskogee.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republicans in the state House of Representatives are set to meet while members of the party's ultra-conservative wing are taking shots at incoming House Speaker Kris Steele who has put the state's struggling economy at the top of his agenda.
The representatives are to meet today and tomorrow in Bartlesville.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa has accepted a bid to play in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 and will play the host Hawaii Warriors on their home field. Tulsa (9-3) will play in the postseason for the fifth time in six years after its four-year streak of bowl appearances was snapped last season.
Dallas, TX – ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) No. 10 Oklahoma rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Nebraska 23-20 last night in the Big 12 championship. Travis Lewis had an interception in the end zone and recovered two fumbles as the Sooners (11-2) made the biggest comeback in Big 12 championship history to earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl.