Our guest on StudioTulsa is the noted Denver-based journalist and nonfiction author Helen Thorpe, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. Thorpe's first book, 2009's widely acclaimed "Just Like Us," tellingly profiled the lives of three young Latinas living in the United States. Her newly published second book, "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War," takes a close look at three female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
New rankings indicate Tulsa has recovered from the Great Recession.
Tulsa is 11th among the nation’s 150 biggest cities. Financial website WalletHub analyzed a variety of federal and private-sector economic data. CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou said Tulsa ranked highly because of a higher median income, home price appreciation and a decreased rate of households on public assistance.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional.
Attorney Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills. Fent says the law was approved in the final days of this year's legislative session and was not approved by at least three-fourths of the House and Senate.
The newest Quik Trip opens tomorrow, and it includes the latest innovation from the Tulsa-based company: an in-house kitchen. QT Corporation Spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says all new stores include kitchens, and older stores are being retrofitted with working kitchens. He says gasoline sales peaked several years ago, and tobacco sales have dropped significantly, so expanding food offerings is the next logical step.
Tulsa’s newest store is at 91st and South Mingo. The company now has 700 stores in eleven states.
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — Work on a $5.8 million bridge project has stopped after federal officials told an Oklahoma county that its construction method could harm a threatened fish species.
The Miami News-Record reports the Ottawa County Commission says work has been halted on the Stepps Ford bridge near Commerce.
An engineering official says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was concerned about how a planned barrier would affect the habitat of a threatened catfish population. The wall was intended to create a dry area for work on the bridge.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says gas prices continue to drop in the state as demand nationwide drops below 9 million barrels per day.
On Tuesday, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.30 in Oklahoma. That's down 22 cents over the past month. The agency says only four states have a lower statewide average than Oklahoma, led by South Carolina's average of $3.26 per gallon.
AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's gas prices are the lowest average the state has seen since February.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Oklahoma lawmakers say they'll conduct a legislative study this year on concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.
The Oklahoman reports several Republican state legislators say they want college students and faculty to be able to carry guns on campuses. They say licensed gun owners should be able to protect themselves on state campuses.
But officials at Oklahoma's two largest campuses disagree.
Licensed owners currently cannot carry their guns on campus without the written consent of the college's president.
Several people have been injured in an overnight fire at the CVR Refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas. The fire was reported about 12:30 this morning.
Fire fighters brought the blaze under control in about an hour. Four people were air-lifted to nearby hospitals suffering from burns. Some neighbors say they heard an explosion before the fire.
The cause of the fire will be under investigation. The refinery, which has a rated capacity of 115,000 barrels per calendar day, predominantly produces clean transportation products such as gasoline, diesel fuels and propane.