Tulsa, OK – Colleagues, It is with great sadness that I inform you that TU President Emeritus Ben Henneke passed away on Friday evening, November 13. Ben was a powerful force in the evolution of TU, having served the university in numerous capacities for nearly eight decades. He truly has been a statesman for the university, and his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those he influenced as a teacher and mentor.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Police say two of the four people whose bodies were found in a burning home in Oklahoma City were pregnant and the owner of a Nevada brothel featured in an HBO reality series says he fears one of those pregnant women was his employee.
Authorities had earlier said one of the four victims was a pregnant woman. Police have not released identities or cause of death for those killed.
Tulsa, OK – The economic news is not good for the Tulsa Public Schools. The monthly distribution from the state was over one million dollars short according to school superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard. Based on a meeting he had yesterday in Oklahoma City, he now fears a worst-case budget scenario will play-out. Figures from the state indicate an 8-to-10 million dollar shortfall is not out of the question.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Oklahoma doctor indicted by grand jury
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal grand jury in Louisiana has indicted an Oklahoma doctor on 48 counts alleging he defrauded a government program, insurance companies and other entities out of $1.3 million.
The indictment against Dr. Gregory Khoury, unsealed on Thursday, accused him of fraudulently submitting claims for patients who weren't physically present in his office. Medicare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield were among those billed.
Tulsa, OK – Dewey Bartlett now has an office at Tulsa's City Hall. Mayor Taylor has made space available for the Mayor-elect to have a transition office. The space is across the hallway from Taylor's office on the 15th floor of the One-Technology Center.
The two leaders held a joint news conference in the city board/conference room. Taylor has invited Bartlett to take part in all city meetings and policy decisions. Bartlett will take office on December 7th.
Tulsa, OK – Exec didn't follow up on environmental handbook
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Cargill Inc. executive says he didn't check to see if company farmers were following an environmental handbook he helped draft in 2002 warning them not to spread too much chicken manure on their land.