Oklahoma City, OK – Board votes to fire chief medical examiner
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Board of Medicolegal Investigations has voted to fire the state's chief medical examiner.
The board made the decision to terminate Dr. Collie Trant during a meeting Friday afternoon.
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says the decision was reached during an executive session, and the board didn't give a reason for firing Trant, who had only been on the job since March.
Tulsa, OK – Good news and bad news about the city sales tax collections.
Figures for the city of Tulsa show sales tax collections for the period of December 15th through mid-January to be two million below figures from the same period last year. However, there is some good news. The figures are at budget expectations.
Budget Chief Pat Connelly told the city council earlier this week that the check was expected to be around $17-million. The check was actually $17.7-million dollars.
Fort Smith, AR – Ark. official criticizes EPA over river plan
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) The city administrator of Siloam Springs is criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for developing an Illinois River watershed protection plan.
The EPA has told Arkansas and Oklahoma officials a private company will guide the agency in figuring out how much phosphorous can be handled by the river, Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma and key tributaries.
Oklahoma City, OK – Obama names Henry to national council post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has been appointed by President Obama to serve on a newly created Council of Governors.
Obama on Thursday named Henry and nine other governors to serve on the panel created last month by executive order. The governors will work with national defense and security advisers on matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and integrating state and federal military activities.
Tulsa, OK – The first Oklahoma Mission of Mercy, co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Charitable Foundation and the Oklahoma Dental Foundation, will be held on February 5 and 6, 2010, at the Tulsa Convention Center.
This two-day clinic is designed to meet the critical needs of dental patients of all ages by providing free dental care to as many adults and children as time, volunteers and supplies will allow.
Tulsa, OK – When Mayor Bartlett took office in December of last year, the City of Tulsa sales tax revenues were in a historic decline, and it was apparent that expenses needed to be reduced in the general fund to balance the budget. Bartlett stated that all departments should share in the cuts, including the Mayor's office.