Local & Regional


Members of the River Infrastructure Task Force are certainly trying to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to the management of the endowment for a proposed series of low-water dams.

The trust that would oversee the dams in the Arkansas River will benefit from upcoming changes in Oklahoma's tax laws. The tax commission handles sales tax collections and charges an administrative fee of 1 percent to any entity levying a sales tax, as the trust will be set up to do. The fee drops to 0.5 percent July 1.

Youth Services of Tulsa

The Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau appears set to take over a 24-hour juvenile booking and referral facility.

Youth Services Tulsa declined to renew its contract running the Community Intervention Center because of funding issues.

"Assuming everybody came up with the same money as last year and the bureau covered the $101,000, I think, for the administrator of it, including cost in benefits, we're still running short the operating money," said Juvenile Bureau Director Justin Jones.

The Latest on Oklahoma Flooding

Jun 18, 2015
U.S Army Corps of Engineers-Tulsa

Due to severe weather conditions across Oklahoma, the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated since Wednesday morning.

Two More Lawmen in Trouble With the Law

Jun 18, 2015

District Attorney Matt Ballard charges Justin Hendren, Delaware County Undersheriff and Bobby “B.J.” Floyd, Craig County Undersheriff with second-degree burglary and obstructing a police officer.  Their arrests and the charges come following an investigation by the D.A.’s office.  

Hendren, 41 and Floyd, 62 were taken into custody with the assistance of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshal’s service.  While the alleged crimes took place in Craig County the two were booked into the Rogers County Jail for security reasons.

American Red Cross


UNDATED (AP) — At least one Oklahoma river is expected to rise to unprecedented levels and others are experiencing major flooding following a torrent of rain from a slow-moving tropical depression.

The National Weather Service predicts the Washita River near the south Oklahoma town of Dickson will crest Thursday at an all-time high of 47.1 feet, more than 20 feet above flood stage. The river is projected to rise about 27 feet over a 24-hour period.



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has fined an Oklahoma City doctor $36,000 and stripped him of authority to write prescriptions for controlled substances for the next two years.

The Oklahoman reports Dr. Harvey Jenkins was fined Tuesday. Narcotics bureau spokesman Mark Woodward said the bureau was asked to get involved in the Jenkins case by the attorney general's office in July 2013. Jenkins was under investigation for failing to comply with bureau rules and regulations.



A rockslide including a large boulder has forced the closure of a portion of one of Oklahoma's busiest thoroughfares after a night of heavy rains.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has indefinitely closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in Murray County following a downpour in the area. Troopers say a vehicle struck the large boulder that rolled down from the Arbuckle Mountains and that at least one person suffered unspecified injuries.

Smaller rocks are continuing to fall in the area.

Flooding Closes State Roads

Jun 18, 2015

The following highways are closed due to high water. Updates will be issued as conditions change. Do NOT drive into high water. Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and to not drive around barricades.

In the local news:

  • Heavy rain causes problems across Oklahoma.
  • A hospital opens in Jenks.
  • More squabbling at the Tulsa Criminal Justice Authority.
Bristow Medical Center

A 51,000 square foot, 25-bed hospital backed by a rural healthcare group opens in Jenks next month.

"I wouldn't call this a specialty hospital. This is a fully licensed acute-care hospital that does have a primary focus on orthopedics and spine, but it also has ancillary services that it will offer as well," said Bristow Medical Center CEO Jan Winter Clark.

Part of the plan is for the Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Excellence, or CORE, to help sustain the group’s rural hospitals.