Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma unemployment rate reaches 6.7 percent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) New figures show more Oklahomans were out of work in May than in April or during the same period in 2009.
According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, a slight increase over the 6.6 percent rate reported in April. The agency says the rate represented 119,430 people.
Tulsa, Ok – The Tulsa City Council will take up a proposed settlement with the county again tomorrow. After a two hour closed door meeting today, the council failed to approve an agreement to settle fairgrounds utility bill dispute with the county. The settlement was worked out with a mediator.
Tulsa, OK – An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect in the Tulsa area. The Tulsa Heat Coalition has opened two cooling stations and is advising area residents to take precautions to protect their health against heat-related illnesses that may cause heat stroke or death.
The two cooling stations open to the public include:
Tulsa County Social Services 2401 Charles Page Boulevard, Tulsa, OK Operational Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 7 days per week
Muskogee, OK – Mast from USS Oklahoma set to arrive in Muskogee
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) Plans call for a 45-foot section of the mast from the battleship USS Oklahoma to serve as a centerpiece of a building at a Muskogee park.
Rick Dennis, the director of War Memorial Park, says the bent mast section, which is on loan from the U.S. Navy, is scheduled to arrived Monday at Tinker Air Force Base and should be in Muskogee by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tulsa, OK – Heat warning in NE Oklahoma, western Arkansas
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The National Weather Service office in Tulsa has issued a heat warning for residents in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday in Cherokee, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Ottawa, Washington, Osage, Craig, Nowata, Pawnee, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Muskogee, Le Flore and Haskell counties in Oklahoma. The warning is also in effect for Crawford, Sebastian and Franklin counties in Arkansas.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A top Oklahoma election official says this may be the last year for using the state's optical scanner voting machines.
State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the equipment is 18 years old, and the state has gotten its money's worth. Ziriax said spare parts are getting hard to find and both the hardware and software are nearing the end of their useful life.