TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Those who knew an unarmed Oklahoma man who was fatally shot by a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office volunteer deputy last month are confident an outside prosecutor brought in to investigate the agency will help restore the public's trust in the embattled office.
Questions have arisen about the reserve deputy program since volunteer Robert Bates shot Eric Harris on April 2nd. Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter, saying he confused his stun gun and handgun.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize $25 million in bonds to build the Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.
House members voted 49-44 Thursday against the Senate-passed bill. The House sponsor of the bill, Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview, kept the measure alive by giving notice he may ask the House to reconsider its vote.
The bill would fund construction of a 75,000-square-foot museum, nicknamed OKPOP, and a parking garage in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa.
Grass is shaping up to be a point of contention in Tulsa’s 2016 budget.
More money means more frequent mowing. Streets and Stormwater Director Terry Ball says $645,000 has been budgeted right now.
"What that will do, is it will allow for seven mowing cycles. That'll be closer to your 30-day [cycles]," Ball said. "When we had shown it originally with the 10 cycles, that was allowing you to do a 21-day mowing cycle."
City Councilor Phil Lakin wants to see another $180,000 in the budget for mowing so there are 10 cycles.
Proposed water and sewer rate increases of 7 and 9 percent aren’t sitting well with some Tulsa city councilors.
"The people that I represent cannot afford year after year after year after year to keep getting those big hits like that," said Councilor Jack Henderson. "I just want to go on record that I'm not going to be voting for this budget as long as that's on there."
Henderson said he understands the city needs more money for its utility infrastructure and would consider smaller rate increases.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Department of Health says Oklahomans who plan to travel overseas during the summer should be aware of any health risks at their destinations and take steps to stay healthy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides current information about common diseases, emerging health threats and food and water safety by country. Federal officials also post travel notices about outbreaks and preventive measures.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa federal judge has ruled that an American Indian student at Caney Valley High School can't wear an eagle feather on her graduation cap.
Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell accepted a magistrate's recommendation to deny senior Hayden Griffith's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her wear the feather during her graduation ceremony Thursday.
Frizzell said Griffith failed to demonstrate a violation of the state's Religious Freedom Act or her rights to free speech and religion.