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10:21 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Utility Late Fees

Tulsa, OK –
1.5 % Late Fee on City Utility Bills
Takes Effect This Month

Beginning this month, January 2010, the City of Tulsa will assess a 1-1/2 % late fee on past-due balances on City utility bills for water, sewer, stormwater, refuse services and the Medical Service Program.

Customers can avoid late fees with timely payment of bills by the due date.

Although the new policy begins January 1, customers will not see it reflected until they receive bills for January service in February.

Neighboring cities charge late fees of up to 10 percent.

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10:20 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Homesless Program Announced

Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma gets grant for homeless programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma will get more than $4.6 million in a federal grant to keep 42 programs for the homeless in operation.

The money from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department is in addition to $12.2 billion the state received earlier for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program.

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Local & Regional
10:00 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Avoiding City Layoffs

Mayor Bartlett talks with reporters on Wednesday morning.
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – There may be a way to avoid city lay-offs!

Mayor Bartlett is working on a proposal to save jobs, not just in the police and fire department, but throughout the city.

He tells KWGS News, the plan does not include demotions, but does include pay and benefit cuts, but not health benefits. He says it could include additional furlough days.

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Local & Regional
9:56 am
Wed January 6, 2010

Tulsa Gets Economic Development Director

New Economic Development Director Mike Bunney
KWGS News Photo

Tulsa, OK – In a news conference held today, Mayor Bartlett announced he has named Mike Bunney to be the city's new Economic Development Director. Bunney is a native of Nowata and a graduate of OU.

He began his business career in Tulsa at the McDonnell Douglas facility as director of finance. He was a site director for Boeing and for the past two years served as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the city of Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
4:42 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Arrow Arrest Warrants

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve arrests warrants on the chair of Arrow Trucking and her son. The warrants are not connected to the firm's sudden pre-Christmas demise, but related to a fatality accident in Cleveland County in 2006.

Their attorney says the warrants have been recalled.

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Local & Regional
2:15 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Preparing for the next storm

A slick intersection in midtown Tulsa.
KWGS News photo

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Public Works Department is shifting dollars around to be sure it has plenty of salt to treat Tulsa's streets. The department has announced this morning it is taking $125,000 from a pot-hole patching fund to purchase an additional 3,000 tons of salt.

Public Works Director Charles Hardt says he is robbing Peter to pay Paul but he has no other options, short of asking citizens to come outside with a salt-shaker.

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11:51 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Tulsa Police and Fire

Fire Chief Allen LaCroix and Police Chief Ron Palmer answer questions from Tulsa City Council Members.
TGOV

Tulsa, OK – The 4th floor meeting room is packed at Tulsa City Hall as members of the City Council get input on a proposal to reduce the number of upper and middle managers in the Police and Fire Departments.

Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer says the $3.4 million in proposed cuts would "gut" the Tulsa Police Department. He says the department would be at 1980 staffing levels while trying to fight 2010 crime rates. He called it "unacceptable".

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11:47 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Schools Closed in Area

Miami, OK – Schools remain closed in NE Oklahoma

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) About two dozen schools in northeastern Oklahoma remain closed because of icy roads in the region.

School officials in Ottawa, Delaware, Craig, Nowata, Osage, Mayes, and Rogers counties have called off classes for Tuesday after weekend snow.

Emergency management director Glenda Longan in Miami (my-AM'-uh) says primary roads have been cleared but rural roads remain slick.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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9:41 am
Tue January 5, 2010

Trial Delay

Tulsa, OK – Murder trial of ex-Tulsa teacher again delayed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The murder trial of a former Tulsa high school teacher in death of his wife is being delayed after he is changing attorneys for a fifth time.

John Kastner was to go on trial Monday for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Lori Kastner in June 2008. He says an intruder broke into his home and shot her as she slept then shot him in the hand as the two fought.

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