Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma Ethics Commission is sending a letter of public reprimand to a lobbyist who represents the National Rifle Association. The state says Ashley Varner violated ethics rules by exceeding the $100 annual limit on lobbyist giving to lawmakers.
Braggs, OK – BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) Authorities have released the identities of two people from Muskogee who died yesterday after their car crashed into an ambulance. Six-year-old old Holden Collins and 32-year-old Carrie Cash were killed in the crash near Braggs.
Sapulpa, OK – SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) The FBI is investigating a cross burning outside a Creek County black church. At least two people have been questioned about last week's incident. St. John's Baptist Church has been vandalized before.
Tulsa, OK – Much of Northeast Oklahoma is under an excessive heat watch today, tomorrow, and Friday. The watch includes Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Washington, Osage, Pawnee, and other Northeast Oklahoma counties. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 103 degrees tomorrow and Friday. Heat index values could reach 110 degrees or more.
Tahlequah, OK – After the vote count changed, and incumbent Chad Smith was declared the winner of the Cherokee Chief election, challenger Bill John Baker says he wants a recount. Originally, Baker was announced as the winner by an eleven vote margin, but later, Smith said a recount showed him the winner by seven votes. Baker wants a close inspection of the votes and the reversal. He's demanding a recount.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has issued a Clean Air Alert for the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas for high concentrations of ozone.
Ground-level ozone is caused when the sun reacts with pollutants from cars and industrial plants to form ozone at or near the surface of the earth. The alert for Tuesday means conditions are favorable for ozone to build up to an unhealthy level.
Tulsa, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Yesterday's hot weather set a new record in Tulsa. The National Weather Service says the high was 106 degrees in Tulsa, breaking the old record of 102 degrees that was set on June 27, 1980. The 103-degree high in Oklahoma City tied that city's record.
Tulsa, OK – After yesterday's record heat, there's a little relief as a cool front drops temperatures today. Still, we're in the grip of an early summer that seems more like late July or August. High temperatures should be at least 10 degrees cooler today than yesterday. It is an ozone alert day which means air quality will not be good and you should put off running unnecessary errands and things like mowing the lawn during the heat of the day.