Sperry, OK – A car and a pick-up collided overnight at Highway 75 and 116th Street North. The Official Okkahoma Highway Patrol report says 24-year-old Lilia Lee of Collinsville ran a stop sign and pulled into the path of an oncoming pick-up truck.
The driver of the truck was injured and taken to the hospital. The OHP says Lee died at the scene and her body was trapped in the wreckage for several hours.
It took the Sperry, Collinville and Skiatook fire departments to extricate her. The road way was shot down for serval hours.
Joplin, MO – Habitat for Humanity to build 10 houses in Joplin
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) Ten Joplin families are waiting in anticipation as Habitat for Humanity prepares to build them homes in two weeks.
The families, who lost homes in the May 22 tornado, on Thursday met their sponsors for the project, called Ten for Joplin. Habitat for Humanity will begin the building Oct. 29 and plans to finish by Nov. 13.
Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin to modify burn ban for 14 Okla. counties
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Recent rainfall across much of Oklahoma has prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to modify a burn ban affecting much of the state.
The governor's office said yesterday that 14 counties will remain under a burn ban once the changes take effect on Tuesday. The counties are Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Bryan, Choctaw, Cimarron, Coal, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, McCurtain, Pushmataha, Texas, and Tillman.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Riverparks Authority will take over operation of the annual Oktoberfest event on the west bank of the Arkansas. The change begins this year. Oktoberfest had been run by a non-profit group, but Oktoberfest, Inc. failed to meet its financial obligations last year. This year's event runs October 20th through the 22nd.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Grand River Dam Authority's Board of Directors has selected state Rep. Dan Sullivan to serve as its next chief executive officer.
The board offered the position to the Tulsa Republican following a special meeting Thursday in Tulsa.
Elected in 2004, Sullivan has served as majority floor leader for the past year under current House Speaker Kris Steele. He is expected to resign from his House seat before he assumes his duties at the agency on Dec. 1.
Oklahoma City, OK. – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a weapon agents believe was used to kill two Weleetka girls may have been sold at a gun show in Tulsa in March.
Officials again appealed to the public on Thursday for help in finding the .40-caliber Glock 22 handgun that may have been used in the 2008 fatal shootings of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker. Agents say previous publicity about the weapon has produced no viable leads.
Taxpayers who sued over the Great Plains Airline settlement win in the state supreme court. The Airline quickly went bankrupt. Then under Mayor Kathy Taylor's administration, a settlement was reached to pay 7.1 million dollars to Bank of Oklahoma after Great Plains defaulted. The taxpayers asserted the settlement deal was not lawful. City Councilor John Eagleton was against the settlement from the first. He says the Supreme Court made the correct decision.