OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The nation's midsection is bracing for another bout of severe weather, but many residents in Oklahoma are still cleaning up from a rare combination of tornadoes and flash flooding.
Storms that spawned 51 tornadoes in several southern Plains states late Wednesday also brought torrential downpours in central Oklahoma that led to one death. Authorities say a 43-year-old Oklahoma City woman drowned after becoming trapped inside her underground storm cellar.
It’s been 25 years since Tulsa adopted the council-mayor form of government.
"The city council has so matured, grown and educated itself over these years, and so it's nice to see — on the occasion of the 25th — that we have one of the best city councils that we have ever had," said former Mayor Rodger Randle.
Voters approved the change on Feb. 14, 1989, and the first city council was sworn in May 8, 1990. Randle was the first mayor under that system. He declines to take credit for the change.
The Tulsa Police Department identified 17 positions that could be filled by civilians to save $500,000 a year.
Chief Chuck Jordan told the city council budget committee the positions are three equipment officers, a Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training liaison, two property room staff, two researchers, two crime analysts, a Web manager, three telephone report officers, a court liaison and a public information officer.
It's mosquito season again, and the Tulsa County Health Department is getting ready for testing to try and control West Nile virus. The mosquito borne disease shows up every year now in the Tulsa area. Health Department Environmental Services Manager Bernard Dindy says traps will be set out next week to test for samples of mosquitos that may be carrying the virus. 50 traps will be set out at various locations throughout the county. Last year there were only a couple of cases of West Nile, but with a wet spring, it's expected this year could be much worse.
Mayor Bartlett is raising questions regarding a $700,000 expenditure of Tulsa County Jail funding. A published report by the Frontier says the money was used to pay for legal representation in civil rights lawsuits.
Mayor Bartlett is not sure that is a wise use of jail funding, when the district attorney's office could represent the county. He also questions the legality of using jail funding for a purpose other than funding the operation of the jail.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say an Oklahoma City woman apparently drowned after taking cover in an underground storm shelter that later flooded.
Oklahoma City police Sergeant Gary Knight says the 42-year-old woman's body was discovered Thursday morning in an underground shelter. She is the only person known to have died in the strong storms that raked the Plains Wednesday and early Thursday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation making Oklahoma the fourth state in the nation to require women to wait at least 72 hours before receiving an abortion has been signed into law.
The measure was signed Wednesday by Republican Governor Mary Fallin. It increases from 24 to 72 hours the amount of time a woman must wait after a doctor provides her with details about an abortion, including the age of the fetus, risks involved and that ultrasound and heart monitoring are available.