Tulsa, OK – Okla. official told industry about pollution fix
TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma official says he talked with the poultry industry more than a decade ago about ways to move chicken waste out of the Illinois River watershed.
Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Director Ed Fite made the comment during testimony yesterday in Oklahoma's pollution lawsuit against 11 Arkansas poultry companies. Oklahoma claims that tons of chicken waste have polluted the Illinois River watershed on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa council votes 7-2 to accept stimulus grant
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa City Council has voted 7-2 to accept a $3.5 million federal stimulus grant to hire 18 police officers.
The Community Oriented Policing Services or COPS grant will pay the salaries and benefits of the new officers for three years. The city is required to keep the officers at least one year after the first three at a cost of about $1.3 million and will pay about $396,000 to train and equip them.
Washington, D.C. – Boren, Murphy start Natural Gas Caucus in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) Congressmen from Oklahoma and Pennsylvania say they have started a Congressional Natural Gas Caucus to try and boost the profile of the energy source.
Dan Boren, D-Okla., and Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said Thursday they have started to recruit other members of Congress. They say their goal is to inform and educate their colleagues and others about the potential for natural gas to be used to meet the nation's future energy needs.
By Hear John Durkee's report from the Federal Court House
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge in Oklahoma's lawsuit against 11 Arkansas poultry companies has reversed himself and will admit government reports on problems associated with chicken waste in the Illinois River valley and what to do about it.
Pryor, OK – PRYOR, Okla. (AP) A lawsuit has been filed against a Locust Grove restaurant seeking more than $3 million on behalf of 14 people sickened by an August 2008 outbreak of E. coli.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Mayes County District Court against the Country Cottage restaurant on behalf of 12 families. The plaintiffs are represented by a Pryor law firm and a Seattle, Wa.-based firm that specializes in foodborne illness litigation.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor will rejoin Governor Henry's staff when her term in office wraps up in December. Taylor will join the Governor's office as the Chief of Education Strategy and Innovation.
Her current Chief of Staff, Amy Polonchek, will also join Taylor in the office.
She was the State Commerce Secretary prior to running for Mayor of Tulsa in 2006. As with the Mayor's office, Taylor will not accept a salary.