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The Tulsa Public Facilities Authority approved a contract Tuesday to develop land at 71st and Riverside.

The $1.46 million deal is for 12.3 acres on the eastern banks of the Arkansas River. Two of five members of the authority voted against the deal because they weren’t sure whether the land was formally declared as surplus.

Chairman Patrick Cremin was one of the two noes. He asked developer Don Bouvier whether this is going to be a big-box development.

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The price of oil continues to drop, but gasoline prices in Tulsa are sky rocketing!

What gives?

Will Speers with Gasbuddy.com says Tulsa prices are being impacted by a refinery malfunction in the upper mid-west. He says a BP refinery in Indiana, east of Chicago, has shut down after a malfunction. That has caused a gasoline shortage on the short-term market. 

Speers says it  could take up to a month to make the needed repairs. He says our gas prices could go even higher. 

Big Splash to Get New Owner

Aug 12, 2015
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A formal announcement is expected to be made later today, but it appears that the Big Splash Water Park on the Tulsa Fairgrounds is getting a new owner.

Joe Estes of Safari Joe's confirms to KWGS, he has entered a contract to buy the water park at 21st and South Yale.

Changes to the water park are expected. 

The transfer of ownership is expected after Big Splash closes for the season. That is expected in mid-September. 

Creek County Sheriff

 

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — An ex-Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape and sexual battery of three women during traffic stops is scheduled to be arraigned.

A hearing is scheduled in Creek County District Court for 42-year-old Eric Roberts, who also faces bribery, embezzlement and other charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Court papers filed by the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa say the amount allegedly embezzled from the agency by a state senator who used to run it has increased from $1 million to more than $1.8 million.

The Tulsa World reports that the BBB uses the higher figure in a response filed in Tulsa County District Court Tuesday to a request by Republican Sen. Rick Brinkley of Owasso to stay a civil suit brought by the BBB in early June.

Department of Ag

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A hive of activity by an Oklahoma state agency to help save the declining bee population has a local beekeeper abuzz.

The Oklahoman reports that federal agriculture officials say managed honey bee colonies have been on the decline for decades, decreasing from 5 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today. The bees also help pollinate a large amount of crops annually.

Department of Corrections

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she has no plans to delay next month's execution of a man condemned for his role in a 1997 killing, despite concerns raised by death penalty opponents that he is innocent.

Fallin said in a statement she is convinced Richard Eugene Glossip is guilty and that the state "is prepared to hold him accountable for his crimes."

In the local news:

  • A woman is charged with stealing money from Tulsa's Iron Gate
  • Big Splash gets a new owner.
  • An REI Sporting Goods store gets the approval of the Public Facility Authority.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says gasoline prices in the state have fallen an average of 26 cents in the past 20 days due largely to strong supplies and low demand.

Since July 22, when the price of self-serve regular gasoline hit a 2015 high of $2.65 per gallon, prices have fallen to a statewide average of about $2.39.

AAA says the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has fallen for 27 consecutive days, reaching Tuesday's average of $2.58 per gallon. It's the longest streak of consecutive declines since January.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Democratic Party is suing the state Ethics Commission over new agency rules that prohibit any fundraising or distribution of election materials on state-owned property.

Party officials filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City, arguing the new rules are an improper restraint on free speech in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons says the rules already have forced the party to abandon a fundraiser scheduled at Oklahoma City Community College last month.

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