Catoosa, OK – The I-44/193rd E. Ave. interchange is getting a major upgrade. A $45 million project is set to begin Saturday, August 1, to widen I-44 from four lanes to eight at the junction, replace two bridges that are structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, and greatly improve the entrance/exit ramps. The work also includes widening 193rd E. Ave. to six lanes at the interchange.
Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge and AT&T Oklahoma President Bryan Gonterman announced AT&T in Oklahoma will roll out a fleet of at least 30 compressed natural gas vehicles this year in part because of recently approved tax incentives developed by the Oklahoma Legislature.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – AG opposes lighter sentence for Fisher
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office wants a judge to reject former Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher's request to reduce his sentence for accepting bribes.
Fisher pleaded no contest to accepting bribes in February. Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson sentenced him to six months in a private lock down facility, where he will be eligible for a work release program.
Tulsa, OK – At the mayor's request, additional funding is being transferred to bolster right-of-way mowing and citywide graffiti removal.
The Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (TARE), the board which oversees the city's refuse-collection and disposal services, has approved transferring surplus funds to add seven additional mowing cycles on public rights-of-way and to bring back a second graffiti removal crew that was eliminated several years ago because of tightening budgets.
Washington, D.C. – Washington, D.C. - Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009, a report released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, the percentage of obese or overweight children is at or above 30 percent in 30 states.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa suburb becomes Oklahoma's 4th largest city
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow is now Oklahoma's fourth largest city after passing Lawton in population.
Estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show Broken Arrow with 92,931 people as of July 1, 2008, compared to Lawton's estimated 90,091. Norman has 106,957 residents and is third behind Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – Poultry companies seeking delay of Sept. 21 trial
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Twelve Arkansas poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma Attorney Drew Edmondson for polluting the Illinois River watershed with chicken waste are asking a judge to postpone the start date of the trial.
In motions filed Tuesday in federal court in Tulsa the companies blame delays by Edmondson's office in submitting key sampling data as one reason to reset the Sept. 21 trial date.