OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Architects and engineers are busy peeking behind ceilings and walls inside the nearly 100-year-old Oklahoma Capitol, while workers outside are studying the building's cast-iron window frames and giant limestone blocks.
What they're finding isn't all that pretty. In some cases decades of decay and often shoddy repair work that is expected to quickly eat through the $120 million allocated for the project by the Legislature last year.
COUNCIL HILL, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Okmulgee man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle on State Highway 72 in McIntosh County.
An OHP report says 34-year-old Stephen Thraillkill was northbound Saturday on the highway near Council Hill when he apparently applied the front brakes and the motorcycle overturned into the southbound lane and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Two passengers in the second vehicle — including a 1-year-old boy — were treated and released for injuries suffered in the collision.
This week on BusinessWorld, our roving correspondent brings us a first-hand view of economic improvements in Central America. The Federal Reserve provides a new website you might find riveting (if you are into the consumer price index). And new research from Gallup predicts what the next global war will focus around. You may be surprised by what they found.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An arrest warrant on a first-degree murder charge has been issued for a suspect in the shooting death of a man at a Tulsa motel.
Police Sgt. Dave Walker said Friday that 25-year-old Roderick Whiteside is wanted for the shooting death of Cedrick Gilmer at Studio 6 Motel in southeast Tulsa. Police are also searching for a gold or pewter, mid-2000s Chevrolet Tahoe that's believed to have been used as the getaway vehicle.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has launched an investigation into a state senator at the center of an embezzlement investigation for potential violation of state ethics rules.
The commission voted unanimously on Friday to launch an investigation into potential rules violations, and the agency's Executive Director, Lee Slater, confirmed later that Republican state Senator Rick Brinkley of Owasso was the target of the probe.
Slater says the investigation already is underway and that Brinkley has been notified.
Here's hoping you can tune in for the next installment of All This Jazz, airing here on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS-FM on Saturday the 13th, from 10pm till midnight. We'll also convey the program via "live stream" at PublicRadioTulsa.org.
On this edition of ST, a discussion with the longtime Georgia-based journalist, Jim Auchmutey, who tells us about his new book: "The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness." It's a detailed profile of Americus High School, in rural southern Georgia, at a pivotal time in that school's -- and this country's -- history. In particular, Auchmutey depicts the life and times of one Greg Wittkamper, a student at the school who came from a nearby Christian commune that devoutly and publicly (and often quite dangerously) supported racial equality.