Tulsa, OK – Expert: Recreation on Illinois River has declined
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A professor estimates that about 30,000 fewer people floated in the Illinois River watershed in 2007 compared to two years earlier.
With Tuesday's testimony from Oklahoma State University professor Lowell Caneday, the state of Oklahoma hoped to suggest that decades of chicken manure pollution has made one of the state's top recreational areas less attractive to the public.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) State health officials say more people will be eligible for a swine flu vaccination as more of the vaccine arrives in Oklahoma. The priority groups for the vaccination has been expanded because about 80,000 doses of the vaccine is expected this week.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
Tulsa, OK – Newly elected City Councilor Maria Barnes becomes a crime victim while celebrating her election victory. Barnes was holding a watch party at the Casa Laredo Restaurant in downtown Tulsa last night. Police say an intoxicated 26-year-old Jordan Christ rifled through Barnes purse and stole her wallet, running from the business. The Councilor-elect and some supporters gave chase. Christ was caught several blocks away and held for Tulsa Police.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa's annual Veterans Day Parade steps off in downtown Tulsa. The annual celebration honoring service men and women is one of the largest in the Southwest. Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Tulsa to watch the parade. It paid special tribute to World War II soldiers, sailors and Marines. The parade featured marching bands from area high schools as well as VFW groups, the Blue Star Mothers and a motorcycle tribute.
Tulsa, OK – After just one year, EMSA's feeling the impact of new siren technology - and motorists likely are feeling it, too. Last November, EMSA began installing Howler sirens on its ambulances. Since that time, the number of ambulance wrecks at intersections have been cut in half.
Oklahoma City, OK – Police: Fire where bodies found intentionally set
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City police say a fire that swept through a home where four people were found dead was intentionally set. Investigators are now searching for a fifth person who they believe was at the house when the blaze began.
Firefighters discovered the bodies of three women and one man early Monday inside the burning home on the city's southwest side. The identities of the victims have not been released.
Tulsa, OK – Williams says Colorado Hub pipeline now in service
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Williams Cos. Inc. says a 26.4-mile-long natural gas transmission pipeline in Colorado is now in use.
Tulsa-based Williams announced Tuesday that Northwest Pipeline GP, its majority-owned subsidiary, has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to place the Colorado Hub Connection into service. The pipeline project cost $60 million.
Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Debbe Leftwich said it was unconscionable for the Department of Human Services (DHS) to pass out nearly $200,000 in pay hikes at a time when the agency has cut $7.4 million from senior nutrition programs. Leftwich said while many employees at DHS and other state agencies are underpaid, raising salaries while cutting senior nutrition is the wrong thing to do. She applauded House member Randy Terrill, R-Moore, for bringing attention to the situation on Wednesday.