Guthrie Green Is Ready for Tulsa

Sep 7, 2012

It is called the Guthrie Green, and it is Tulsa’s newest gift from the Kaiser Foundation.

The new park will be dedicated this afternoon at 111 East Brady in the Brady Arts District.

The Kaiser Foundation purchased the former Central Freight parking lot and invested $8 million to convert it into an urban green space and Brady Arts District town square.

The park was designed by SWA Group of Sausalito, California. It features a pavilion, water feature, café and performance space for theatre, music, dance and  festivals.

Features of the include:

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Governor Mary Fallin is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider its decision to deny individual assistance to victims of wildfires that swept across the state last month.

Fallin filed a formal appeal on Thursday on behalf of wildfire victims in Oklahoma, Cleveland and Payne counties.

Wildfires in July and August damaged nearly 300 homes in those three counties, including 270 that were destroyed. Fallin says an estimated 85 percent of those homes were uninsured.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say five more West Nile virus cases have been reported in Oklahoma.

According to statistics posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website Thursday, 123 cases have been reported. That's up from Tuesday's count of 118, which set a record for the number of West Nile cases in a single year in Oklahoma.

The state Health Department says seven people have died from the virus so far in 2012.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Exceptional drought has expanded in parts of Oklahoma.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 40 percent of the state is mired in exceptional drought, the worst in the monitor's classification system.

A map indicates exceptional drought stretching from central Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle eastward into Osage County near Tulsa. Another swath stretches south from Ellis County to the Red River and then north and east into McClain County in central Oklahoma.

Topping the local news from 89.5/KWGS:

  • The Democratic National Convention wraps up. We have reaction from one of the Tulsa delegates.
  • Mayor Bartlett delivers his State of the City Address.
  • Tulsa Now voices opposition to extended Vision 2025, under the current V-2 proposal.
  • A section of Highway 169 is named for a fallen Oklahoma soldier.

Mayor Bartlett delivered his State of the City earlier today at a Tulsa Metro Chamber luncheon. He spoke about Vision 2, manufacturing in Tulsa, and public safety, among other topics. Listen here to his plan to attract and train skilled employees for Tulsa’s manufacturing sector.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's latest state revenue report shows a decline in oil and gas production proceeds is continuing to drag down overall collections to the state treasury.

Treasurer Ken Miller released figures on Thursday that show for the third time in the last six months, total collections last month fell below those of the same month last year.

From TU President Dr. Geoffrey Orsak

September 5, 2012

This morning, the residents of Tulsa woke to the devastating news of the loss of the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences to fire. Since then, the outpouring of concern from the TU family for the TSAS students, teachers and staff has been immediate and overwhelming. I have never been more proud.

Festival Brings Music and Chili to the Stage

Sep 6, 2012

Thousands of people every year attend the Claremore festival that hosts the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off. It combines the tunes of bluegrass, rock, celtic, country music and a performance from Marty Stewart. There is also an open car show, which will include cars from four different states. It is an event for all ages, providing projects for the younger crowd also.

The festival will also include markets. arts and crafts, Kiddie Koral, and an antique tractor pull.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two women — including an investigator for the state cosmetology board — have been indicted by Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury.

Indictments unsealed Thursday in Oklahoma City accuse 48-year-old Tina Thai Vo of bribery and 63-year-old Patricia Migliaccio of asking for a gratuity before performing an official act.

Migliaccio is an investigator for the state cosmetology board. The indictments allege that she asked for a gratuity from Vo, who wanted to take a test for an instructor's license.