On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with James Walker, who's been the executive director of Youth Services of Tulsa (or YST) for 14 years now. A nonprofit United Way agency dating back to 1969, YST is, per its website, "committed to fostering a community atmosphere that values youth as resources. We provide innovative services and activities designed to increase self-discovery and instill positive core values and decision-making skills that will keep youth safe and allow them to lead healthy and productive lives.
Tulsa Health Department officials confirmed that a sampling of mosquitoes from Tulsa County has tested positive for West Nile virus. It is important for residents to remember to take precautions against WNV. At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of WNV in humans in Tulsa County.
The months of July through October are typically the highest risk months for exposure to WNV in Oklahoma, however THD proactively begins a mosquito surveillance program each May.
Transportation is shaping up to be an area of emphasis for improving Tulsa.
City Planning and Development Director Dawn Warrick said expanding transit will be an important component for future development. The city is moving that way with work on a rapid bus route on Peoria Avenue.
"But also look at what's referred to as the first and last mile," Warrick said. "You're a transit user, but only after you're a walker or a bicyclist or someone who drives to a park-and-ride lot to get on a transit facility."
First the river, then public safety, now Vision funding — Tulsa city councilors begin a task force to bring an economic development proposal to voters.
The Vision and Economic Development Task Force met yesterday for the first time. The countywide Vision sales tax is set to expire at the end of next year, and renewals will be on a city-by-city basis for their own projects.
"So we've got some work to do inside the City of Tulsa determining what we would like to invest in for our future for the renewal of Vision 2025," said Councilor Blake Ewing, who is the task force chair.
HUGO, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says troopers have rescued a man who was swept off a Choctaw County bridge by flood waters and then jailed on a public intoxication complaint.
The patrol says the unnamed man was swept away about 8:30 p.m. Thursday while walking across a closed portion of U.S. Highway 70 at the Muddy Boggy Bridge. Troopers Kevin Antwine and Nathan Mullins put a boat in the water and found the man clinging to a tree about 200 yards south of U.S. 70.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma House is joining a growing chorus of state legislators asking Governor Mary Fallin to call a special session to address county roads and bridges damaged or destroyed by heavy flooding.
Representative Scott Inman said Thursday he wants the Legislature to access as much as $175 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help county commissioners pay for extensive damage that resulted from record-breaking rainfall this month.
NOWATA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are in custody and a manhunt is underway in southeastern Kansas after an Oklahoma police officer was shot in the head during a pursuit.
South Coffeyville Police Chief Wade Lamb tells the Tulsa World that when an officer tried to pull over an SUV Thursday, the vehicle took off.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says shots were fired from the SUV at an Oologah police cruiser that was assisting in the chase, striking the officer, who was airlifted to a Tulsa hospital. His condition wasn't released.
An Oklahoma emergency official says the state is still trying to get a sense of how many residents were displaced or left homeless by recent storms and flooding.
Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said Thursday that several bridges that service main roads remain flooded in Marshall County, along Oklahoma's border with Texas, and that some residents are effectively cut off. Atoka and LeFlore counties are also still dealing with the storm fallout.