Local & Regional

In the local news:

  • Governor Falling delivers her State of the State Address. Democrats respond.
  • 4 Norman High Schoolers are charged with rape.
  • The County puts forth its own Vision plan.
Tulsa Animal Welfare

Around 4,300 animals a year are euthanized at Tulsa’s animal shelter, and a new program aims to change that.

Saving the Pets of Tulsa — or SPOT — is a partnership to register more dogs and cats and to increase access to low-cost spay and neutering services. Tulsa Animal Welfare Manager Jean Letcher said they get some sick and injured animals that can’t be saved.

"What we want to stop is the euthanasia for space, for behavior modification, lack of that ability," Letcher said. "We euthanize too many healthy, adoptable animals."

State Impact-Oklahoma

 

  

For the sixth time, Mary Fallin goes before a joint session of the Oklahoma Legislature to address the State of the State.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday proposed increasing the cigarette tax and expanding the sales tax to a variety of services that are currently exempt as a way to close an estimated $900 million hole in next year's budget.

Fallin delivered her State of the State address to lawmakers on the first day of the 2016 legislative session, along with her proposal for a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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A resolution is passed to get Tulsa County’s share of Vision Renewal on an April 5th ballot. Commissioners okay a resolution asking for one-half of a tenth of a penny for county capital projects. Commissioner Ron Peters says it’s only a portion of the money expected because of a compromise worked out with the city of Tulsa.

The .05% sales tax would provide 140-million in capital needs. The county would also get 30-million from the city of Tulsa for Expo Square, and between 15 and 20 million from excess 2025 Vision funds.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures rose for the first time in six months but remained below growth neutral in a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states, including Oklahoma.

A report issued Monday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index jumped to 48.3 in January from 39.5 in December. Economist Ernie Goss says the strong U.S. dollar is among the obstacles facing manufacturers.

 

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SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Police lifted an hourslong lockdown at a central Oklahoma university after they say an armed suspect left the area.

Oklahoma Baptist University spokesman Kenny Day says city police notified the school Sunday afternoon that a suspect they'd been chasing had fled on foot onto the campus. Day says the lockdown ended Sunday evening after Shawnee police verified the suspect was not on campus.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa have made an arrest in the shooting death of a man in December.

Sergeant Dave Walker says 19-year-old Geomari Washington was arrested for first-degree murder in the December 23rd shooting death of Curtis Clayton. Police say Clayton was shot in the head while inside a garage in southeast Tulsa when masked gunmen forced their way into the garage, demanded property and opened fire.

Court records show Washington is being held without bond and no attorney is listed for him.

Oklahoma House/KWGS News

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators return to the Capitol on Monday facing an economic crisis and other troubling issues.

A sharp drop in oil and gas prices has cut revenues to key businesses, which has reduced state revenues. Lawmakers expect to see about a $1 billion budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

Lawmakers are also expected to discuss the sharp rise in the number of earthquakes, an increase linked to the injection of wastewater underground from oil and gas production.

Guthrie Police

 

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A Guthrie police officer has been suspended after allegedly showing up for work while intoxicated.

Police say 34-year-old Bryan Crumb was arrested Friday night after arriving at the police station smelling of alcohol and visibly upset. He was also suspended pending an investigation into the incident.

Police say Crumb declined to take a breathalyzer test. He was arrested for public intoxication and possessing a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

In the local news:

  • Governor Fallin delivers her State of the State address today. (Live coverage at 12:45 p.m. on 89.5)
  • The Iowa Caucus is tonight, Tulsa's Congressman weighs into the fight.
  • A Guthrie Police Officer is arrested from coming to work drunk.

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