Turley, OK – Several homes are destroyed as a fast moving wall of smoke and flames sweeps through Turley, just north of Tulsa. The fire broke out near 56th and North Peoria around 2:30PM. The blaze spread northeast to near 63rd and North Utica.
The newly closed Cherokee Elementary School was turned into a first aid and cooling station for fire fighters from all over the region. National Guard helicopters picked up water from farm ponds and dumped it on the flames.
Oklahoma City, OK – Both of Oklahoma's U.S. senators voted against federal legislation to increase the nation's debt ceiling because they say the budget cuts included in the measure don't go far enough.
U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe both voted against the bill Tuesday as it passed the Senate on 74-26 vote. The bill passed the House on Monday and is expected to be quickly signed by President Obama to avoid a first-ever government default.
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.