Local & Regional http://publicradiotulsa.org en No Cuts, But Tulsa Transit Makes "Tweak" to Lift Service http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/no-cuts-tulsa-transit-makes-tweak-lift-service <p>Extra funding means Tulsa Transit no longer has to cut hours, but Lift service passengers will see a small difference.</p><p>An additional $210,000 from city council and a $20,000 donation meant Tulsa Transit could avoid fare hikes AND service cuts. Assistant General Manager Debbie Ruggles said a review showed buses were routinely getting back after their out-of-service time.</p><p>"And so while we were funded up to the 9 p.m. as we had been promised, we discovered that we needed to tweak our pickup times just slightly so that we could stay within our budget," Ruggles said.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:36:25 +0000 Matt Trotter 63822 at http://publicradiotulsa.org No Cuts, But Tulsa Transit Makes "Tweak" to Lift Service Secondhand Store Ordinance Back on City Council Radar http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/secondhand-store-ordinance-back-city-council-radar <p>Tulsa City Council is again considering an ordinance tracking sales at secondhand stores.</p><p>Discussion on the ordinance began in May but was delayed by budget and river meetings. A new version was presented this week, and Tulsa Police Sgt. Shellie Seibert said the changes are minor.</p><p>"We just tried to make it a little bit more narrowly defined," Seibert said. "There were some things that were left out there about nonprofits, things like that, that we're not targeting."</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:26:27 +0000 Matt Trotter 63820 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Secondhand Store Ordinance Back on City Council Radar Oklahoma Food Pantries Scrambling to Meet Demand http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/oklahoma-food-pantries-scrambling-meet-demand <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don't have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months — a period when donations to agencies tend to dip.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:31:51 +0000 Associated Press 63815 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Oklahoma Food Pantries Scrambling to Meet Demand Police Looking to Bust Copper Thieves http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/police-looking-bust-copper-thieves <p>Police are on the lookout for copper thieves who have been stealing wires from street lights on highways. Officer Leland Ashley says there have been at least a half dozen reports recently of copper wire thefts. He says it presents a hazard to citizens by reducing needed highway lighting and also can be dangerous for the thieves themselves.</p><p>It’s also costly for the city of Tulsa to have to repair the lights. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 918-596-COPS.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:19:34 +0000 Marshall Stewart 63811 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Police Looking to Bust Copper Thieves Kansas Group Protests for Immigration Reform at Fort Sill http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/kansas-group-protests-immigration-reform-fort-sill <p></p><p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A nonprofit organization based in Kansas that focuses on immigrant rights says it plans to travel to Oklahoma and protest the housing of unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">A delegation from Sunflower Community Action is traveling from Wichita to Lawton on Friday to protest the housing of the children.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">The group says the children continue to be detained under questionable conditions.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:10:08 +0000 Associated Press 63810 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Kansas Group Protests for Immigration Reform at Fort Sill Spavinaw Chief Out on Bail http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/spavinaw-chief-out-bail <p></p><p>A bond reduction hearing is held for the Police Chief of the Mayes County town of Spavinaw. 75-year-old Clarence Gregory was arrested yesterday, shocking the community of 500. He is accused of two counts of Lewd Molestation involving a child under the age of 16. Sources say two girls are involved in the case.</p><p>At this morning's hearing the judge agreed to lower Gregory's bond from $150,000 to $100,000. After the hearing the Chief was able to bond out of the jail.</p><p>He faces a hearing in September.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:59 +0000 KWGS News 63808 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Spavinaw Chief Out on Bail Oklahoma Supreme Court Says Lawmaker Can Serve as Tulsa DA http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/oklahoma-supreme-court-says-lawmaker-can-serve-tulsa-da <p></p><p></p><div><p>OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court says Republican state Rep. Fred Jordan of Jenks is eligible to become Tulsa County's district attorney, even though a raise for prosecutors was approved during his term in the Legislature.</p><p>In a 5-1 ruling on Friday, the state's highest court ruled that a provision of the constitution did not apply to Jordan, since he wouldn't become district attorney until after his legislative term ends.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:11:04 +0000 Associated Press 63807 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Oklahoma Supreme Court Says Lawmaker Can Serve as Tulsa DA Immigrant Children Being Placed with Sponsors http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/immigrant-children-being-placed-sponsors <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government says more than 200 unaccompanied children in Oklahoma have been placed with sponsors so far this year.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">The federal government released a state-by-state breakdown Thursday of the numbers of unaccompanied minors in each state that have been placed with parents, relatives or family friends.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:56:38 +0000 Associated Press 63797 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Immigrant Children Being Placed with Sponsors Ex-BizJet Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/ex-bizjet-official-pleads-guilty-bribery-charge <p></p><p>TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The former president and CEO of BizJet International Sales and Support Inc. has pleaded guilty in federal court in Tulsa to his role in what prosecutors say was a scheme to bribe foreign government officials.</p><p>BizJet is a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG with headquarters in Tulsa. The company provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:49:40 +0000 Associated Press 63796 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Ex-BizJet Official Pleads Guilty to Bribery Charge Tulsa Music and Arts Festival Starts Today http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-music-and-arts-festival-starts-today <p></p><div><p>TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Center of the Universe Festival is back for a second year in Tulsa.</p><p>The two-day music and arts event that starts Friday is named after the popular downtown Tulsa landmark, the Center of the Universe, located on the Boston Avenue pedestrian bridge.</p><p>Last year's event drew more than 80,000 fans.</p><p>This year the festival will feature more than 100 bands on three outdoor stages and 10 club venues.</p><p>The festival will also feature a street market.</p></div><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:46:29 +0000 Associated Press 63795 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Tulsa Music and Arts Festival Starts Today