Tulsa, OK – With little fan-fare, Tulsa picked up a new airline service this week. Frontier Airline is not a new name to Tulsa. It has been around for decades and has served Tulsa in the past. But on Monday, Tulsa service for the financially troubled airline started again. On board that maiden flight was the airline's Steve Snyder.
Oklahoma City, OK – State unemployment claims set record
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma has set a new record for unemployment claims as the impact of the global recession continues to be felt in the state.
John Carpenter of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Tuesday the state paid out $20.8 million last week on 64,190 claims. Carpenter says that's an all-time record and that the commission has been setting new unemployment claims records since the beginning of the year.
Washington, D.C. – EPA fines Osage County oil facilities
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has imposed a $1,900 fine against two Osage County oil production facilities.
The EPA said Tuesday the fine followed an inspection of the facilities, known as the Velma Chinn Lease Battery and the Larry Chinn Tank Battery. The agency says the facilities violated federal rules regarding spill prevention, control and countermeasures.
Oklahoma City, OK – Furloughs canceled at Corporation Commission
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A plan to close the Oklahoma Corporation Commission one day a month and place employees on unpaid leave has been canceled.
Members of the three-member commission canceled the furlough plan on Monday. They say it became unnecessary after some internal cost cutting and approval by legislative and administration officials for the agency to broaden its use of existing revenue.
Owasso, OK – State Senator Randy Brogdon, Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations sub-committee, said it was time to look at reforming the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA). After the OTA approved toll hikes of 16 percent, Brogdon called for restricting the ability of the OTA to raise tolls--especially at a time when the economy and Oklahoma's citizens are already suffering.
Tulsa, OK – Report: Driver inattention caused turnpike wreck
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report says the inattention of the driver of a tractor-trailer led to a wreck on the Will Rogers Turnpike that killed 10 people.
The OHP issued the 32-page report on Monday, detailing what its investigators determined while looking into the June 26 wreck in far northeastern Oklahoma, about eight miles northeast of Miami in Ottawa County.