Barter Springs, KS – 3 Baxter Springs firefighters fired in looting
BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) Baxter Springs Mayor Jenifer Bingham says three of the city's firefighters have been fired and the chief put on administrative leave over alleged looting in Joplin the night of the May 22 tornado.
Tulsa, OK – A new feud at Tulsa city Hall. The City Council voted seven-to-two to set the wheels in motion for next fall's municipal election. In doing so, the council would not use the new district boundaries and the Tulsa County Election Board would not be involved in the process.
Assistant City Attorney Patrick Boulden advised the council against the measure from Councilman John Eagleton.
The Council approved the resolution just the same. Councilors Chris Trail and G.T. Bynum voted against it.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. DHS workers suspended after girl's death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has suspended with pay four child welfare workers pending an investigation into the beating death of a 5-year-old girl.
Serenity Anne Deal died of head injuries less than a month after she began living with her father. Child welfare workers recommended the girl live with the father after she was taken away from her mother, who is charged with sexually assaulting a child.
Skiatook, OK – A Sand Springs Minister is dead in a motorcycle on State Highway 11 north of Skiatook. 58-year-old David Emigh was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a tree. He was not wearing a helmet.
Reverend Emigh, you may recall, disappeared for several days just before last Christmas. He was found at a Cleveland, Oklahoma Wal-Mart.
Tulsa, OK – Excessive rain and flooding along the Mississippi River in May forced the closure of lock number 2 on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System for nearly three weeks, preventing most barge cargo from reaching or leaving the Tulsa Port of Catoosa during that time period, resulting in lower monthly tonnage volumes for both the Port and the waterway.