OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say roads in much of the state are reported to be slick and hazardous following winter storms across Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says travel is discouraged in the eastern two-thirds of the state because of slick and hazardous roads caused by snow and sleet. Troop G in southern Oklahoma reports that the H.E. Bailey Turnpike was "extremely slick and hazardous" at about 5 a.m. Friday.
Emergency responders spend the afternoon rushing to the scene of car wrecks brought on, in part, by the slick streets.
A steady sleet snarled afternoon traffic as the Winter Storm Warning continued for the Tulsa metro. Between 12:30 p.m., when the sleet started, until 4 p.m. EMSA responded to 22 motor vehicle accidents. Seven people had to be transported to the hospital. More crashes took place as the afternoon rush hour got underway. The Tulsa Police Department was on "Operation Slick Streets" and only responded to injury crashes.
Trustees for the Metropolitan Environmental Trust voted to renew Thursday agreements with four companies that place disabled workers in jobs at eight of The M.e.t.'s 11 recycling centers.
"We're making jobs for hard-to-employ people, and we're also trying to save the planet," said Executive Director Michael Patton. "It's a great workforce to use for recycling. They come to work every day, they're on time, they're happy for their job, so we're really excited to do that."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's first chief information officer who helped lead a consolidation of the state's computer and information technology systems is leaving to take a similar post in Oregon.
Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday that Oklahoma's CIO Alex Pettit will leave his post on Jan. 4. Pettit was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry in 2010 after the Legislature passed a law authorizing the position to oversee Oklahoma's information and technology operations.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State lottery officials are seeking three people who purchased $1 million winning tickets in the Oklahoma City metro area to the multi-state Powerball drawing.
Lottery officials announced Thursday that two of the $1 million tickets were purchased at convenience stores in Oklahoma City. A third was purchased at a store in nearby Midwest City. Winners have six months to claim their prizes at the Oklahoma Lottery Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
The Public Service Company of Oklahoma is preparing to respond to a possible major freezing rain and icing event that could cause power outages in the southeastern Oklahoma counties that PSO serves. The storm, which is forecast to start today could deposit ice accumulations of ¼” to ½”.
PSO’s preparations include calling in additional line and tree crews to help with power restoration, bolstering the inventory of hardware needed to repair damaged infrastructure (poles, cross-arms, insulators, electrical conductor, clamps, transformers, etc.), and many other actions.
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of a Bartlesville man.
Rusty Boyd Petty was initially charged with first-degree murder in the August 2012 killing of 61-year-old Timothy Hauser. The Examiner-Enterprise reports that Petty pleaded guilty to the reduced charge Tuesday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Authorities say Hauser went missing after leaving Osage Casino near Bartlesville. His body was discovered several months later in a rural area of Osage County.