Tulsa, OK – Agreement aimed at resolving poultry case dispute
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Cherokee Nation has reached an agreement with the state in an attempt to defeat a challenge from poultry companies in Attorney General Drew Edmondson's lawsuit over pollution in the Illinois River watershed.
After poultry companies disputed whether Oklahoma could even claim ownership of the watershed and its resources, the tribe agreed to let the state prosecute its claims in the lawsuit.
Oklahoma City, OK – Senate abandons early adjournment plan
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Senate has abandoned plans to adjourn the 2009 legislative session one week early.
The Senate rescinded a resolution it passed in March to adjourn on Friday after failing to pass legislation to create a central information officer who would take charge of the state's computer systems.
The Senate then abruptly adjourned for the day and will reconvene on Tuesday.
Tulsa, OK – Officials from the Oklahoma Department of Labor inspect the Big Splash Water Park on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The Labor Department recently took over the inspections following an accident at the park in 2007 when a section of the Master Blaster water ride collapsed.
Chief Safety inspector Tom Monroe says a review in February found a few minor problems that needed attention. Park owner Loretta Murphy says those repairs have been made and the park is ready to open.
Tulsa, OK – At 240 acres, Tulsa's Memorial Park Cemetery is roughly the same size as the Tulsa Fairgrounds. It is the largest cemetery in Tulsa County. Getting Memorial Park ready for the Memorial Day holiday when an estimated 25,000 visitors will converge at 51st and South Memorial Drive a mammoth job. Jason Thames is the grounds manager. He says his crews are working hard to get the cemetery ready for the visitors. He has 13-full time members working 12-hour days to get the park ready.
Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry, House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee announced a budget agreement today that protects the four core functions of government, including education, health care, public safety and transportation. Those four areas are at least held harmless in this agreement, all while not tapping the state's Rainy Day fund, leaving about $600 million in place for future needs if necessary.