Oklahoma City, OK – Big allegations leveled at the Skiatook School Board and its superintendent. State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage says an audit of the schools turned up almost 750-thousand dollars in wasteful spending.
Burrage says a third party was used to purchase security systems and janitorial supplies at a drastic mark-up. It some cases the mark up was a much as 500%.
We have calls to the Skiatook Public Schools seeking reaction.
Tulsa, OK – Three people are hurt in a west Tulsa house fire. One person was seriously injured. It happened in the 21-hundred block of west 42nd Court. EMSA transported the trio to three different hospitals suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
A 57-year-old man was taken to St-John in fair condition. A 55-year-old woman was taken to St-Francis, also in fair condition. A 34-year-old woman was taken to the Hilcrest Hospital burn facility is serious condition.
Tulsa, Ok – A lone bandit entered the Food Pyramid at 41st and Peoria late this morning. He went to the Bank of Oklahoma bank branch inside the store and claimed he had a bomb. He demanded cash from the bank teller and then left. There was no sign of a bomb.
Tulsa Police are checking to see if this robbery may have been connected to others that happened early this month.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce announced today the launch of Sourcelink Tulsa. It is a new program created to spur growth of small businesses and start-ups in the area.
In a community the size of the Tulsa Metro Region, there are a number of nonprofit and government organizations offering business-building services. However, individuals who own a small business or those who wish to start one are often overwhelmed with questions or challenges and may not know where to find help.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. fatalities drop since teen licenses limited
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new study shows that, since the passage of Oklahoma's graduated driver's license law in 1999, the number of fatality crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers has dropped from 75 in 2000 to a low of 39 in 2008.
The numbers include wrecks that killed teens and others where a 16- or 17-year-old was behind the wheel of at least one of the vehicles involved.
Oklahoma City, OK – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow Oklahoma law enforcement officials to monitor the state's most dangerous sex offenders through electronic monitoring devices.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) State transportation officials say one lane of Interstate 44 near Tulsa and all lanes of 165th East Avenue are closed because of a hole in the interstate.
The hole found Sunday morning comes after another hole was repaired on the bridge deck Friday.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says the right lane of westbound I-44 in Catoosa is shut down and 165th East Avenue below the interstate is also closed. O-DOT says the lanes will likely be closed for several days while repairs are made.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced his office received authorization from the Bureau of Justice Assitance to use $3 million of a Justice Assistance Grant to rehire 35 police officers for 17 months.
Confirmation was received in a 4:42 p.m. email from Carol Poole, acting deputy director for programs for the Bureau. Details of the call back will be arranged next week.