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Boulder Avenue will get an overhaul between First and 10th streets in downtown Tulsa.

Work should begin this fall to convert it into a two-way street. Water line repairs and fixes to make crossings compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act will also be involved.

"You go in some of those areas and it's like, it's hazardous for folks in wheelchairs and those kind of things, so, we're able to pick that up as we do these one-way to to-way conversions," said City Engineer Paul Zachary. "We get all new light, all new infrastructure, so it's a win."

Gov. Mary Fallin visited Green Country Friday to promote her initiative to recruit 1,000 new foster homes by June.

"We all share a common goal: To not only protect the vulnerable children in our state and communities, but to see them thrive and give them a hopeful future," said Tom Bates, Fallin's special adviser for child welfare.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least 100 employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health are expected to take a buyout that includes a $5,000 lump-sum payment as the agency looks to avoid potential layoffs amid a budget crunch.

Health Department officials confirmed Friday that 101 retirement-eligible workers already have accepted the voluntary-buyout offer that was made to 317 of the agency's 2,258 employees. Employees have until Feb. 29 to accept the offer.

TFD Chief Urges Vision Passage

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The Vision Renewal Sales Tax Package includes $70-million for the Tulsa Fire Department. Fire Chief Ray Driskell says that includes funding for a new far-east Tulsa fire station. Such a station would eliminate some of the  pressure on a 31st and Garnett station.

Tulsa voters will decide the fate of the package on April 5th. The proposal would not mean a tax increase, but would re-purpose an expiring county tax.

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Tomorrow, interested volunteers can get basic information in disaster relief from the Tulsa Salvation Army. Course Coordinator is Charity Mitchell, the local Salvation Army’s Volunteer and Disaster Resources Manager. She says in Oklahoma, we’re not just talking about tornadoes and flooding, wildfires and now earthquakes are included in the preparation. This course is a prelude to more detailed courses offered later.

The training is free and open to anyone, but you must pre-register by calling the Salvation Army.

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EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Eufaula school board will appoint a successor for a board member who was killed in a January bank robbery.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports that Randy Peterson, the Bank of Eufaula president who was shot during the Jan. 21 bank robbery, won re-election to another term Tuesday.

McIntosh County Election Board Secretary Carole Hayes says Eufaula's ballots had been printed and some absentee votes had been cast before he was killed.

In the local news:

  • The budget hole grows to $1.3 Billion.
  • An overnight fire leaves two-dozen people homeless in Tulsa.
  • County leaders spar with the Deputy Union.

Teacher Under Investigation at Oologah

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation confirms it is investigating an allegation of inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student.

The incident may have happened in the Rogers County town of Oologah. Neither the OSBI or the school system are releasing any information. 

No arrests have been made

24-Homeless in Tulsa Blaze

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Two dozen people are left homeless following an early morning apartment fire in Tulsa. The blaze was reported about 1 a.m. at the Savannah Landing complex. The apartments are located at 60th and South Peoria. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. One person had to be rescued from a balcony while another suffered from smoke inhalation. 

The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by this fire.

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Oklahoma finance officials say the hole in next year's budget has increased to $1.3 billion, or nearly 20 percent of last year's spending, amid depressed oil prices.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Thursday plunging revenue collections have widened the shortfall from the original projection of $900 million in December.

A state panel led by Gov. Mary Fallin will meet next week to certify how much legislators can spend in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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