Tahlequah, OK – Jobs issue at center of Cherokee chief campaign
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) How many jobs are being produced by the Cherokee Nation and who holds those positions has become a central issue in the campaign to see who will lead Oklahoma's largest American Indian tribe for the next four years.
The contentious campaign will end Saturday, when voters decide whether to keep 12-year incumbent Chad Smith as the tribe's principal chief or elevate longtime tribal councilman and Tahlequah businessman Bill John Baker to that position.
Cement. OK – Crews battle grass fires in western Oklahoma
CEMENT, Okla. (AP) Officials ordered the evacuation of homes in a southwest Oklahoma town as crews battled a large grass fire.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said late Thursday she didn't know how many homes were affected by the blaze approaching Medicine Park, but said many residents were asked to leave. Cain said there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Boston, MA – Police: Mobster Whitey Bulger arrested in Calif. Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) The FBI hunted for James "Whitey" Bulger for 16 years without success. A switch of focus to his longtime girlfriend yielded results in just days.
Bulger and Catherine Greig were captured in Santa Monica, Calif. late Wednesday night just three days after the FBI launched a new publicity campaign that included a public service announcement aired in 14 American television markets during programs popular with women.
Tulsa, OK – The demolition of the west bound I-244 bridge across the Arkansas River is going green. 75-percent of the bridge decking has been removed and O-Dot's Kenna Mitchell says much of it is being recycled, including the old rebar from the pavement.
In addition the old pavement itself will be used for a temporary staging road for crews working on the new double-decker bridge that will be built.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. DHS offers federal funds for cooling program
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Low-income Oklahomans are eligible to receive up to $250 to help offset higher utility bills this summer under a federal program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
DHS officials announced Wednesday that about $22 million in federal funding is available through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The money is designed to help poor families that are particularly vulnerable to summer heat.
Harrah, OK – Grass fire destroys 4 mobile homes in Oklahoma Co.
HARRAH, Okla. (AP) Authorities say four mobile homes have been destroyed by a grass fire near Harrah.
Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan said the Newalla Fire Department received a call about 2 p.m. Wednesday of a blaze in a wooded area in the eastern part of the county. Maughan says there have been no reports of injuries, but residents of the mobile home park were asked to leave as crews worked to extinguish the blaze.