Oklahoma City, OK – OKC mayor invited to State of the Union address
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to the president's State of the Union Address Wednesday night as part of an effort to highlight Cornett's anti-obesity initiative.
Cornett said Tuesday the invitation was intended to spotlight Oklahoma City's "This City Is Going On A Diet!" Web site, which encourages citizens to diet and exercise.
Boynton, OK – Future of Boynton-Moton School District questioned
BOYNTON, Okla. (AP) The future of an eastern Oklahoma school district is in question because of budget cuts.
Boynton-Moton Superintendent Shelbie Williams said during a special board meeting Monday that state funding has been cut by $100,000. Williams says the district has cut salaries and services but still has a stack of unpaid bills.
And board member Joe Cherry has expressed doubts that the district can survive until the end of the year.
Tulsa, OK – City of Tulsa personnel are monitoring weather forecasts and preparing for response to a winter storm predicted for Thursday morning through Thursday night. Public Works Street Maintenance crews are on call and ready to begin treating streets for ice and snow accumulation.
The City of Tulsa is responsible for clearing snow and ice from certain segments of the Tulsa expressway system and all arterial (main) streets. Other expressway segments in Tulsa are the responsibility of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Oklahoma City, OK – State leaders announce budget agreement
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Brad Henry and legislative leaders have reached agreement on a plan to address the $1 billion shortfall in the budget for the fiscal year that ends July 1.
Henry said Tuesday officials will use a combination of targeted cuts and reserve funds to balance the budget. Monthly allocations to state agencies will be cut 10 percent for the rest of fiscal year to reflect slumping revenue collections.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will get a preliminary draft report on the deaths of giraffes at the Tulsa Zoo. Two of the animals died at the zoo with in a two month period. One died of a broken neck. The other died from hypothermia.
City Councilor Bill Christiansen says he hopes the report will hold someone accountable for the animals' deaths. He calls it an embarrassment to the city of Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – With a winter storm expected to impact the Tulsa area starting late Wednesday thru Friday, the Public Service Company of Oklahoma is "preparing for the worst, while hoping for the best." That is the word from PSO spokesman Stan Whiteford.