TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Voters have overwhelmingly approved a $415 million school bond package for Tulsa Public Schools to fund the construction of new school buildings, libraries and other needs.
The four measures in the package each passed with more than 80 percent of the vote Tuesday.
The approved funds will go toward transportation needs, textbooks, technology and other classroom materials. About $72 million in the proposal was budgeted for school additions that would double as storm shelters.
Tulsa’s park board recommends selling Mitchell Park, which made it onto a list of potential surplus properties.
The city’s asset management department determined the park can be sold within a month of Bishop Kelley High School stepping forward as a potential buyer.
Parks Director Lucy Dolman said after city councilors approve the surplus designation — if they do so — she needs to ask the state whether there are any outstanding obligations from a matching funds grant obtained decades ago for buying some of the land.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude oil that it's running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.
The Energy Department reported last week that for the past seven weeks the United States has produced and imported an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it's using. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, and pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.
The House voted 85-10 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, who described the method as humane, painless and easy to administer. There was no debate against the bill, which now heads to the Senate.
Christian says the nitrogen would be administered to the inmate either by a "tent or some kind of secure mask."