Tulsa, OK – A shift in prioritizing immigration cases isn't changing the way law enforcement in Tulsa County operates. But Sheriff's Sargeant Shannon Clark says it's helping shine a light on individuals who are taking unfair advantage. He says they're hearing more about ripoff artists misleading those who may have unrealistic hope of staying here or returning quickly.
Officials say the reality is the change in prioritizing immigration cases does not alter eligibility for legal residency or prevent arrest.
Tulsa, OK – The grand experiment is over! About 100-Tulsa Public Works employees are being transferred back to the Parks Department. Mayor Bartlett made the announcement.
The employees were moved to public works by former Mayor Taylor in 2009. Mayor Bartlett says the consolidation is not working.
He also says closed and decrepit recreation centers will be demolished and new facilities built. He says it may not necessarily be a new recreation center. He says it could be a splash pad or something else constructed on the site.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Public Schools today announced the hiring of Christopher Payne, APR, to serve as director of public information for the district, after approval at Monday night's school board meeting.
"I am thrilled that Chris Payne has decided to join the TPS team," said Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard. "He was instrumental in the successful Project Schoolhouse campaign and will be a great contributor to TPS. He is highly experienced and cares deeply about schools and education. He will be a great fit for Tulsa Public Schools."
Oklahoma City, OK – Cherokee freedmen want to stop tribal election
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Descendants of former black slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have asked a federal judge to block a tribal election for principal chief until the tribe restores their full citizenship rights, including the right to vote.
Descendants of Cherokee freedmen have asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to enjoin a Sept. 24 election for principal chief of the Oklahoma-based tribe. A hearing on the request is set for Sept. 20.
TULSA, Okla. (AP/KWGS) Two Tulsa area school districts have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law allowing the use of public funds to send special-needs students to private schools.
The lawsuit was filed by the Union and Jenks school districts. The claims the law violates the state constitution's prohibition of using public funds to aid any sectarian institution.