Meers,OK – Firefighters contain large blaze in SW Oklahoma
MEERS, Okla. (AP) A firefighter suffered heat exhaustion while helping crews battle a blaze that charred hundreds of acres in southwestern Oklahoma.
Comanche County spokesman Chris Killmer said Monday the firefighter was treated at the scene and released. There were no other reports of injuries or of property damage with the blaze, which Killmer says officials estimate burned 300 to 400 acres near Meers.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa city councilor John Eagleton proposes a dramatic reduction in the new budget offered by Mayor Bartlett. He wants to tie any increase to no more than the core inflation rate...about one-and-a-half percent. That would cut millions from the city's operating budget. Eagleton calls it a prudent move, but others find slicing millions unacceptable. He'll propose his plan as a budget amendment in advance of final approval, which must come before the end of the month.
Oklahoma City, OK – May revenue indicates big Rainy Day fund deposit
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The head of the Office of State Finance says healthy state revenue collections in May makes it likely that a big deposit will be made to the state's depleted constitutional Rainy Day reserve fund.
State Finance Director Preston Doerflinger said Monday general revenue fund collections last month show the state's economy is raising more revenue than expected.
Oklahoma City, OK – Court denies motion to dismiss bribery charge
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A former state senator accused of accepting a bribe has lost her appeal to have the case thrown out of Oklahoma County District Court.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals denied former Sen. Debbe Leftwich's request to dismiss a felony charge of soliciting or accepting a bribe. The ruling, handed down on Thursday, affirms an April 15 decision by Special Judge Stephen Alcorn.
Tulsa, OK – There is a good crowd on hand for the sale of delinquent tax properties. The sale of Tulsa County properties where back taxes are owed usually takes just one day, but not this year. Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler says his office has triple the number available this year.
The sale is at the Tulsa Convention Center. It will continue until all properties are sold.
Tulsa, OK – A road, popular with motorists and bicyclists, Avery Drive, will be closed for the next month or more. Tulsa County Engineer Tom Rains says repairs are underway and all traffic must stay away.
Rains says the work will take four or five weeks.
Rains stresses that bicyclists will be banned from the road until the repair work is finished.