Tahlequah, OK – Hearing on Okla. tribe's disputed election resumes
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) A hearing to determine whether a recount in the contentious Cherokee Nation principal chief election should stand will resume in Tahlequah Saturday.
Members of the tribal election commission and others testified before the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Friday that the voter database wasn't regularly updated and expressed concern that there were errors with absentee votes cast in the June 25 election.
Norman, OK – Child found in hot car dies at Okla. hospital
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Police say a 3-year-old child who was found inside a hot car has died at a Norman hospital.
Capt. Tom Easley says officers responded to a north Norman residence about 2:20 p.m. Friday after getting a call from a babysitter who reported that a little boy was missing child. Easley says the child was found inside a car at the home a short time later.
The boy was taken to Norman Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Tulsa, OK – The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has determined it was not harmful Blue-Green Algae at the Chouteau Bend Recreation area.
However, the Corp's Ross Adkins says it has been found at a more popular area. Adkins says tests have confirmed the Blue Green Algae at the Taylor Ferry Swim Beach. The Corp is closing that beach immediately.
Adkins says additional tests are now being performed of algae found at Tenkiller Lake.
The Grand River Dam Authority still has warnings in effect for BGA on Grand Lake.
Tulsa, OK – Attorney General Scott Pruitt declines to go forward with any ouster proceedings against Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett. City Councilor John Eagleton had requested the ouster action. He says he's disappointed and disagrees with the finding, but 'Pruitt is the Attorney General and that's the way it is'.
Pruitt cited jurisdictional issues, but in his response goes on to say even if jurisdiction had been properly invoked the law and facts relevant to the allegations do not support the bringing of an ouster action.
Tahlequah, OK – Okla. tribal court to determine chief's race winner
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The Cherokee Nation's Supreme Court will determine who won last month's disputed principal chief election.
If the court finds there is enough evidence that votes were miscounted or not counted at all, it's possible the justices will call for a new election. Under Cherokee law, that duty falls to incumbent Chief Chad Smith, who remains in office until Aug. 14.
Tulsa, OK – Power outage closes Tulsa municipal courts
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A power outage has forced the closure of the City of Tulsa Municipal Courts.
Officials closed the courts on Thursday because of the outage and announced that Friday's sessions would be cancelled as well.
Officials reset Thursday's proceedings for July 19 to run at the same time they were scheduled on the original dockets. Friday's scheduled cases will be heard on July 22 at the same time they were originally scheduled.