Passenger rail service between Tulsa and Oklahoma City has been an elusive goal for some time, but it’s about to become a reality.
The state transportation department sold the 97.5 mile Sooner Sub line to the Watco Companies last year. Watco said then it would work with Iowa Pacific to offer passenger service on the freight line, and the company has come forward with an idea for six months of trial service.
Tulsa County leaders say it’s time to show appreciation for those who enforce the law. A resolution recognizing National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is passed. Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says such recognition now is important, given recent situations that have brought out protestors against police involved shootings and tactics. He believes lawmen and women are getting a ‘bad rap’.
The resolution is in solidarity with Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS, the group behind Law Enforcement Day.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of influenza deaths in Oklahoma. In just the last week, 13 people have died from the flu and another 288 people have been hospitalized.
The death toll from the flu jumped to 22 this season (since October 1st). Most of the deaths have been in people over 65 years old. One child, under four, has died and one person between 18-and-49 years old.
Exact ages and circumstances are not released because of federal privacy laws. We can report that two of the deaths this flu season have been in Tulsa County.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's treasurer says the state's economy performed well to close out 2014, but that continued low oil prices will eventually start to drag down other sources of revenue like income and sales taxes.
Treasurer Ken Miller released figures on Wednesday that show overall collections by the state in December and in 2014 exceeded those from the prior year. But he warned that December oil and gas production taxes reflect oil field activity from October, when oil prices were around $85 per barrel.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is holding a two-day meeting in Tulsa.
The Muscogee Creek Nation is hosting the Thursday and Friday sessions that includes the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Nations. Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief George Tiger says he's also invited other tribes to attend and that about 400 people are expected.
The quarterly meetings are held to allow tribal officials to discuss ways they can cooperate on issues facing the tribes and to collaborate on projects.