Tulsa, Oklahoma – Warning that it's the first step toward school vouchers for all students, Broken Arrow and Jenks school boards announced Monday they will ignore a state law. The law requires public school districts to provide scholarships for special education students to attend private schools. State Superintendent Sandy Garrett blasted the districts, saying "thumbing your nose at state law is a poor civics lesson for our children."
Tulsa, OK – Three people are taken to the hospital following an overnight fire in mid-town Tulsa. The blaze was reported about 2a.m. this morning at a duplex near 11th and South Wheeling. The duplex was destroyed by the blaze. The fire spread to a nearby house and caused minor damage there.
The injured suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported by EMSA to the hospital to be evaluated. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa will accept a grant from the Justice Department to hire additional police officers. Mayor Bartlett made the announcement yesterday afternoon. The $4.4 million dollar grant will pay the salaries and benefits of 23-officers for three years. After that period, the city must agree to keep the officers on the payroll for a fourth year.
Muskogee, OK – OSBI asked to investigate police shooting
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into the officer-involved shooting of a woman in Muskogee last week.
In a letter to the agency, Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said certain circumstances had arisen since the shooting that warranted further investigation. Moore declined on Tuesday to say what those circumstances were.