Oklahoma City, OK – The number of confirmed heat-related deaths in Oklahoma is now 12 with autopsies pending on 10 other possible heat-deaths.
Spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard at the state medical examiner's office said Tuesday that the latest two deaths are from the Tulsa area.
The Oklahoma Climatological Survey announced Monday that July was the hottest month ever on record in Oklahoma. The survey said the average temperature in the state during the month was 89.1 degrees to break the record of 88.1 degrees set in July 1954.
Tulsa, OK – Now that Congress and the White House have come to terms on the debt limit, is it too late?
Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss is out with his economic report for nine Midwestern states including Oklahoma. The report shows consumer confidence is down in the area and there are inflation concerns.
While he still doesn't believe it will happen, he says the likelihood of a double-dip recession is now looking stronger.
Tulsa, OK – American Airlines union employees launch a campaign to save Tulsa jobs Transport workers union officials say American is planning on moving more than 230 jobs from Tulsa to Dallas. Local 514 President Sam Cirri is calling on city and state elected leaders to join the effort to keep those jobs here
The jobs involved are maintenance control technician positions. Cirri says the loss could mean a fourteen-and-a-half million dollar hit to the Tulsa economy.
Tulsa, OK – A reward is being offered for copper thieves who caused a power outage in this sweltering heatwave .
Stuart Solomon with Public Service Company says there has been an outbreak of copper thefts recently. The latest caused an outage that affected more than eight thousand people in the Southern Hills area two nursing homes included. A reward's being offered of up to five-thousand dollars.
Solomon says P-S-O has implemented heightened security measures at substations and other facilities where copper could be stolen.
Tulsa, OK – Jury Selection got underway in the federal trial of two Tulsa Police officers indicted for being on the wrong side of the law.
Prosecutors had originally asked for a 30-day delay in the trials of Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton. However, the motion to delay the case while the prosecution reviewed some 500-pages of discovery was withdrawn just before the scheduled start of the jury selection.