Oklahoma City, OK – Blacks criticize fried chicken comment
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Legislative Black Caucus is criticizing Sen. Randy Brogdon for a remark he made about fried chicken during a debate on federal health care legislation supported by President Barack Obama.
Caucus chairman Rep. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa Wednesday called on Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee to admonish Brogdon. Shumate says Brogdon's comment is part of a pattern of disrespectful and inflammatory actions and statements.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett says the elimination of the remaining city laid-off positions is a paper work procedure. He says the jobs need to be off the books to get a clear budgeting picture for next year. 89-Police jobs were eliminated. All city open positions, not just those in the police department, were removed from the books.
The mayor says the FOP is over reacting when it says the jobs will not be coming back. He says the jobs can be added back with a budget amendment.
Oklahoma City, OK – Health care opt out approved by Senate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has approved a measure that would allow Oklahoma voters to opt out of key provisions of the federal health care bill signed into law by President Obama.
The joint resolution approved Tuesday by a 36-11 vote would send to a vote of the people in November a state question to prohibit any requirement that a person, employer or hospital participate in a health care system.
Tulsa, OK – I-44 traffic shifted at 41st St. bridge, lanes narrow at Yale Ave. tonight All lanes of westbound I-44 are now shifted onto a temporary diversion road on the north side of the highway between the 41st St. bridge and Yale Ave. until further notice. The speed limit is 45 mph, and drivers are urged to use extreme caution while traffic adjusts to this new route. Also, drivers can expect various lane closures on eastbound I-44 in this area from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight for striping.
Skiatook, OK – There is new information this morning on the Skiatook School District. Tulsa County presiding Judge Tom Thornbrugh has approved a request for a grand jury investigation of the school district.
A state audit turned up three-quarters of a million dollars of funds misspent. The petitioners will have 45-days to collect five-thousand signatures.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa City Council will go behind closed doors Thursday afternoon. Council Chair Rick Westcott says they want to discuss the best way to move forward in a review of comments made by Mayor's Chief of Staff Terry Simonson.
At issue, is whether Simonson mislead the council and/or the federal government regarding using a grant to rehire laid-off police officers.
The meeting will begin at 5PM, just ahead of the regular 6PM council meeting
Read the memo chief deputies sent to the police chief: