Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett announces a second police helicopter will be in the air, by the end of this week.
The Mayor and acting Police Chief Chuck Jordan made the announcement in a city hall news conference this morning. The Mayor says the second chopper will fly only when the first chopper in on the ground. He says that rule will be lifted if there is an emergency situation, such as a disaster, Amber Alert or other major crime incident.
Tulsa, OK – The oil industry gets the attention of Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe. Inhofe vows to fight any effort to stop off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He says America must use its fossil fuels.
Inhofe was also critical of the Toxic Asset Relief program that bailed out the financial sector. He called fellow Republican John McCain a "closet liberal". Inhofe made the comments in a breakfast meeting with the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Muskogee, OK – Creek Nation to track sex offenders in its region
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is establishing a public database to help record the addresses of sex offenders living in the American Indian tribe's 11-county jurisdictional area.
The nation's tribal police, known as the Lighthorsemen, will be in charge of the registry. Tim Lawson, the program's sex offender registrar, says it will target serious offenders. He says misdemeanors will not be registered in the sex offenders database.
Oklahoma City, OK – Oral arguments set in Medicaid fee case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Supreme Court is taking up Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland's lawsuit against a new state Medicaid fee.
The state's highest court is hearing oral arguments in the case on Monday.
The law creates a 1 percent fee on claims paid by private health insurers and companies with self-insured health care plans to support the Medicaid program, which provides health care to low-income and elderly residents.