The Broken Arrow City Council appointed Russell Gale as Acting City Manager, after accepting the resignation of City Manager Thom Moton, effective July 21, 2014.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to resign as City Manager in order that I may pursue other employment opportunities and to spend more time with my family,” said Moton. “I am deeply appreciative of the Mayor and City Council for providing me the privilege and honor of serving the Broken Arrow community. I will take with me many fond memories of our collective successes.”
The Tulsa school board approves reopening the former site of Mayo Demonstration School.
TPS chief of staff Amy Polonchek said population growth in east Tulsa means more classroom space is needed there, and it will be enough to accommodate up to eighth grade.
"We will renovate and expand, and make available to that neighborhood for children K–8," Polonchek said. "With the sixth-graders that we put back into the elementaries, we have seen some great results, so we look forward to a K–8 model in that building."
On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Robert Dudley, who's a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Prof. Dudley tells us about his interesting "drunken monkey hypothesis," which (per its Wikipedia entry) "proposes that human attraction to ethanol may have a genetic basis due to the high dependence of the primate ancestor of Homo sapiens on fruit as a food source.
The Tulsa Zoo's attendance topped 622,000 guests during its 2013-14 fiscal year, marking a milestone for the zoo. This annual attendance total is the second-highest in the zoo’s 85-year history, just shy of the 669,928 guests who attended the zoo in 1997 after the opening of the Tropical American Rainforest.
This record-breaking year can be attributed to the zoo’s temporary dinosaur exhibit, Zoorassic Park. Significant births and hatchings also drove guests to the zoo, including a snow leopard cub, nine aldabra hatchlings and a Ssamang baby.
Tulsans are being warned about scams surrounding human trafficking, especially in regard to undocumented children being held at Fort Sill. Sheriff’s Major Shannon Clark cautions citizens to be wary of groups claiming to be helping the children or any victims of human trafficking.
Clark says check out any organization soliciting funds to make sure they are legitimate before handing over any money.
ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) — A formal arraignment is scheduled for an Oklahoma man charged in the death of a Weatherford teenager.
Tucker McGee is due in court Monday afternoon for an arraignment on first-degree murder charges in the death of JaRay Wilson. The 16-year-old disappeared in 2012 and her body was found last December in a shallow grave.
A probable cause affidavit filed in Custer County alleges McGee shot Wilson with a .22 caliber pistol, and an autopsy found that Wilson died from two gunshot wounds to the head.
Efforts to revitalize the crime ridden area at 61st and South Peoria will be highlighted in a block party in September for the second time. Volunteer Cathy McClanahan says there is a perceived drop in crime in the area since last year’s block party.
"Probably not entirely due to a block party, but I think that any time you can bring people together and you know - a police officer can serve up a hot dog to a resident there at 61st and Peoria - things can only get better from there."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association spent nearly 6 percent of its budget last fiscal year on legal fees, but officials say they expect that number to drop this year.
According to The Oklahoman, the association spent more than $316,000 on legal fees last fiscal year. But Executive Director Ed Sheakley says he expects a decrease, thanks to a rule change that allows a student to choose a high school regardless of where the student's family lives.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says hot temperatures are headed back to Oklahoma this week.
An excessive heat watch will go into effect for Tulsa County from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday night. Forecasters say a ridge of high pressure will expand over the region early this week, allowing temperatures to hit at or near 100 degrees.
Forecasters say high humidity levels will make it feel even hotter, with heat index values reaching 105 degrees to 110 degrees throughout much of the state.