Washington, D.C. – Natural gas vehicle research bill passes House
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A bill that would reauthorize a Department of Energy natural gas vehicle research, development, demonstration and deployment program for five years has overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House.
Rep. John Sullivan, an Oklahoma Republican, sponsored the legislation, which passed by a 393-35 margin on Tuesday. The aim of the bill is to bring more natural gas-powered cars to market.
Tulsa, OK – There will be no changes in the ballot.
The Tulsa County Election Board has ruled that Chris Trail will remain on the ballot as a District Five Tulsa City Council Candidate. Incumbent Bill Martinson challenged Trail as a viable candidate claiming Trial registered to vote in the district prior to living there. Trail claimed he took position of a home on March 26th and registered to vote on March 31st, ahead of the deadline.
Tulsa, Ok – Tulsa's annual water quality report, which covers results from tests done in 2008, was mailed to about 150,000 customers inside their June utility bills. People who do not receive utility bills may request copies of the report by calling the Mayor's Action Center at 596-2100.
Water systems are required to test drinking water as it leaves the treatment plant and enters the distribution system. The report shows that Tulsa's drinking water is safe and of high quality.
Oklahoma City, OK – (Oklahoma City) Citing extreme weather conditions in Oklahoma over the past 10 months, Gov. Brad Henry has asked the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to issue a federal disaster designation to assist Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.
Tulsa, OK – School districts and municipalities in Tulsa County are about to get Christmas is July in an unexpected gift. Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler is making cash available from the interest paid on delinquent property taxes. It totals $1.2-million.
Under state law the funds will be split three-ways, among the school districts, towns and the county. The checks should arrive later this month. Semler says this is the first time the county has made the funds available.
Oklahoma City, OK – Finding "either willful blindness or gross incompetence" on behalf of administrators, the state's Multicounty Grand Jury today issued an interim report stemming from its investigation into the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Attorney General Drew Edmondson said.
The report says employees have been "victimized psychologically, emotionally and sexually," and accused previous chief medical examiners of "turning a blind eye" to the problems.