Tulsa city councilors start looking for smart ways to increase the city’s sales tax base using Vision renewal funds.

Councilors are well aware suburbs and online shopping are taking away sales tax revenue. But they think continuing to go after developments that are more parking lot than business isn’t the answer.

Planning Director Dawn Warrick said Tulsa’s future retail scene could look much different.


If Tulsa voters pass a public safety tax, most of the money in it for street striping will likely go to contractors.

How much can be done each year depends on funding. The streets and stormwater department has a 15-year plan for public safety tax revenue. Director Terry Ball said implementing the tax July 1, 2016, is a $1.3 million difference from starting it Jan. 1, 2017.

Today is the unofficial holiday known as Bloomsday -- a day meant to celebrate, at gatherings large and small across the globe, the life and work of the modernist Irish writer James Joyce. Why today, you ask? Because all the events related in Joyce's "Ulysses" -- seen by many readers and critics as the greatest novel ever penned in English -- take place on June 16th (and specifically on June 16th, 1904) in and around Dublin, Ireland.

Fallin to Seek Additional Flood Help

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Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management have requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency  grant public assistance for 14 additional counties hit hard by tornadoes and flooding that began May 5. If approved, the designation would deliver federal funding to assist municipalities, counties and rural electric cooperatives with infrastructure repairs, debris removal and costs associated with responding to the storms.

Zoo Gets Ready to Waltz

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Tulsa Zoo

It’s almost time for the Tulsa Zoo’s signature fundraiser, WALTZ on the Wild Side presented by Senior Star. The event, set for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at the zoo, will feature cuisine from 40 of the finest area restaurants, and offer guests an opportunity to experience unique animal encounters.

National Hurricane Center



Tropical Storm Bill is expected to make landfall in Texas by morning then move inland over the south-central part of the state.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Tuesday that Bill was centered about 95 miles southeast of Port O'Connor, Texas, and about 120 miles south-southwest of Galveston, Texas. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to High Island.

Bill had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving northwest at about 13 mph.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities have filed charges against a former tribal officer who they say ran over a pedestrian while off-duty.

Court records indicate that Corey Stewart was charged Monday with leaving the scene of a fatality collision and obstructing an officer. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Stewart had worked for the Osage Nation Police Department but was fired last month following the May 1 crash.

State of Oklahoma


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators are interested in studying earthquakes, welfare, courthouse security, overcrowded prisons and a host of other topics before the next legislative session begins in February.

House members submitted 122 requests for interim studies before last Friday's deadline. House Speaker Jeff Hickman is expected to approve the final list of interim studies by July 10. Committees will meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from August to November to study the issues that are approved.

In the Local News:

  • Tropical Storm Bill is expected to dump heavy rain across Oklahoma.
  • A Tulsa County leaders wants more money for levee repair.
  • Retiring Tulsa School Superintendent Keith Ballard will join the faculty at OU-Tulsa.
Tulsa County

Tulsa County's budget board moved $421,000 Monday from a fund for employee raises to the jail fund, bringing additional support for the jail this year up to $3.7 million.

Fiscal Officer Tom Gerard said it's a cash flow issue, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal payments to the jail for housing prisoners yet to come in.

"And in this particular case, we've billed for the month of May, and we probably won't receive the month of May's cash money until July," Gerard said.