Tulsa, OK – Several cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train derail at the west Tulsa rail yards near 31st and Highway 75. At least two of the overturned cars were tankers that were carrying a type of fertilizer.
There were no injuries and no leaks from the tankers. The tankers had been carrying anhydrous ammonia but are believed to be empty.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe has sent an environmental team to the site to ensure the derailment caused no environmental damage.
Tahlequah, OK – Councilman again declared Cherokee's new chief
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) The incumbent Cherokee Nation principal chief who lost in a recount of votes cast in last week's election wants the tribe's supreme court to keep the Election Commission from certifying the results until the ballots can be counted again by machine.
Chad Smith filed an injunctive relief application Friday, alleging the commission conducted a recount by hand of some, but not all of the votes.
Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma agency discourages swimming in Grand Lake
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Members of the Grand River Dam Authority board of directors say people should go to Grand Lake to enjoy activities this weekend, but they're strongly discouraging contact with water because blue-green algae has been found.
In a statement on the agency's website, officials on Friday cautioned against recreational activities such as swimming, skiing and the use of personal watercraft on the lake, which remains open.
Howe, OK – Grass fire destroys home in southeastern Oklahoma
HOWE,Okla. (AP) A house was destroyed and a mobile home was damaged when a grass fire started by fireworks spread to the structures in Howe.
LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson says three firefighters had to be treated for minor heat exhaustion Friday afternoon, but they were OK. There were no other reports of injuries.
Tulsa, Ok – THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN OZONE ALERT FOR SATURDAY...FOR THE TULSA METROPOLITAN AREA. AN OZONE ALERT MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE BUILDUP OF OZONE NEAR THE GROUND...TO AN UNHEALTHY LEVEL.
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) A little Tecumseh boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Logan County.
Emergency crews responded to a call about 8:25 p.m. Thursday at a home near Interstate 35 and Seward Road.
Sheriff's deputy Rob Groseclose says 3-year-old Jacob White was visiting relatives who were preparing for the holiday weekend. Groseclose says the boy's father was mowing grass and said he had put a life jacket on the child.
Oklahoma City, OK – Eastern Okla. counties have highest jobless rates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Four eastern Oklahoma counties had the highest unemployment rates in Oklahoma in May.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission also reported that the unemployment rates in 68 of Oklahoma's 77 counties increased from April to May. The overall unemployment rate in the state fell from 5.8 percent in April to 5.3 percent in May.