A flood the size of the one Tulsa experienced in 1986 would likely cause sewer backup into the area A Gathering Place is being built at, shown by the light brown area around 31st Street. Tulsa's current flood standard is for a flood with a 1 percent chance of happening in a given year. That floodplain is shown in blue.
Tulsa city officials have started a discussion on changing Arkansas River flood regulations.
Tulsa’s current standard is construction must be 1 foot above the level of a flood with a 1 percent chance of happening any given year. The city could instead base the standard on the 1986 flood, which was 50 percent larger.
Tulsa Police started a municipal warrant sweep today that will go on all week.
A task force of up to 15 officers will find citizens with outstanding warrants and arrest them at home or work if necessary. Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen said he doesn’t want to put someone in jail over a traffic ticket, but something needs to be done.
On this edition of our program, we speak with Jeff Martin, the creator and host of Book Smart Tulsa, the popular reading series here in our city that's now celebrating its fifth anniversary. Book Smart is marking the occasion with three different events this week, on Tuesday the 11th, Thursday the 13th, and Friday the 14th.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin was in Stillwater to join Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis in announcing an education initiative.
Fallin and Hargis announced the start of OSUTeach during a news conference Monday morning on the OSU campus.
OSU was selected in February as a partner for the program that was created to attract science and math majors into teaching careers. The program is a collaboration between the OSU College of Education and the OSU College of Arts and Sciences.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma transportation officials say repair work on a closed bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington will take longer than expected and the bridge will remain closed indefinitely.
Transportation officials briefed members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Monday on the status of the repairs to the US 77-State Highway 39 bridge over the Canadian River.
The bridge was closed Jan. 31 after cracks were discovered in structural bridge beams. The commission awarded an emergency contract for bridge repairs, and work began Feb. 14.
Tulsa Police say 4-year-old Ky'Riana Richards has been found safe near the 500 block of East Seminole Place. She has been reunited with her mother.
Earlier in the day an Amber Alert was issued for Richards. Police received a call for investigation at 8:45 a.m. for the possible abduction from the Bradford Apartments in North Tulsa.
According to police, the suspect Javonta Williams forcibly removed Richards from the residence with a knife. The suspect is the boyfriend of the mother, but not related to Richards. Williams is in custody.
WHITESBORO, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say three people found dead after an eastern Oklahoma house fire died as a result of a double murder-suicide.
LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale says the March 3 fire in Whitesboro was intentionally set by 30-year-old Jacob Custard. The sheriff says Custard killed his mother and stepfather before setting the house on fire then shooting himself.
Seale says authorities may not be able to pinpoint a cause of death for 57-year-old Edith Custard and 80-year-old Lawrence Schlienz because their bodies were badly burned in the blaze.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The halls of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be filling with the sound of music next week in honor of Bob Wills.
March 19 marks the annual Bob Wills Day of celebration at the capitol. Fiddlers and other musicians will perform in the morning at the House Chamber and again in the afternoon in the fourth floor rotunda.
Wills was born in Texas in 1905 and is considered the co-founder of Western swing.