OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma lawmakers have elected Rep. Kris Steele of Shawnee as the new speaker of the state House and Sen. Brian Bingman of Sapulpa as president pro tem of the Senate.
Lawmakers formally elected the chambers' leaders on Tuesday during a one-day organizational meeting of the 2011 Legislature. Steele and Bingman had already been designated for the jobs by Republican majorities in the two chambers.
Tulsa, Okla. – Tulsa police have added a dozen recruits to its latest training class, bringing the total to 42.
The agency was awarded a $4.5 million federal grant that will pay salaries for 23 of the officers for three years. The Tulsa World reports that cuts in overtime and other expenses enabled the city to fund the other 19 recruits from within the department's existing budget.
Tulsa police last conducted a training academy in January 2009.
Tulsa, Okla. – The number of Oklahomans filing bankruptcy last year is up; more than 14,000 cases were filed in 2010.
Bankruptcy trustee Patrick Malloy III credits the upward trend not only to continued economic strife, but also to a return to normalcy following bankruptcy reform in 2005, a year in which more than 39,000 bankruptcy cases were filed.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protects Act tightened income limits and set new standards for evaluating debtors' financial situations.
Oklahoma City, OK – Terrill, Leftwich turn selves in on charges
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A member of the Oklahoma House and a former member of the state Senate who face felony bribery charges have made their initial court appearance.
Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall entered not guilty pleas on Monday afternoon for Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich of Oklahoma City. Hall set their next court appearance for March 17. Leftwich and Terrill are free on a $2,000 bond.