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Oklahoma City, OK – Turnpike Authority to stop automatic violations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will stop issuing automatic tickets for failure to pay tolls until it matches its records with new license plate numbers.

Violations were automatically generated by a computer system that manages the toll system.

Errors occurred when a Pikepass was misread and the computer couldn't match the photographed license plate number to an active Pikepass account.


Tulsa, OK – After walking out two weeks ago, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor goes again before City Council members to discuss the budget. She is proposing another $7.6-million dollars worth of cuts.

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Tulsa, OK – Gas prices climb 19 cents over 2 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) The U.S. price of gasoline jumped 19 cents a gallon during the past two weeks, but remains well below prices from a year ago.

That's according to the national Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday.

Analyst Trilby Lundberg says the average price of regular gasoline was $2.49 a gallon Friday, when the survey was completed.

That's up 54 cents from ten weeks ago, with most of the rise occurring during May.

Tulsa, OK – NEW: Sunoco completes sale of Tulsa refinery to Holly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Oil refiner Sunoco Inc. says it has completed the sale of its 85,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Tulsa, Okla., to Dallas-based Holly Corp. for $65 million.

Sunoco's chairman and CEO, Lynn Elsenhans, calls the move another step in Sunoco's efforts to realign its portfolio of assets and improve its competitiveness.

The company says the Tulsa refinery began production in 1913 and had been a part of Sunoco's refining system since 1968.

John Sullivan

Tulsa, OK – Spokesman: Sullivan constituent needs will be met

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A spokesman says the needs of the constituents of an Oklahoma congressmen who took a leave of absence to seek treatment for an alcohol addiction will be met while he is gone.

The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that spokesman John Tidwell says U.S. Rep. John Sullivan "made specific arrangements to ensure his congressional offices in both Oklahoma and Washington will remain open and fully functional."

Tulsa Airport Authority

Tulsa, OK – Continental Express jet makes emergency landing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Continental Express jet with 53 people on board has made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport.

Flight 2916 from Houston to Omaha, Neb., diverted just after 9:30 a.m. Monday after the crew said they were having a "pressurization problem."

The Tulsa Fire Department and ambulances were called to the scene but there are no reports of injury.

Tom Coburn

Tulsa, OK – Coburn to run again 2010

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sen. Tom Coburn announced this morning in Tulsa he will run for re-election to a second term.

The Oklahoma Republican has built a reputation as an anti-earmarks crusader by working to stall projects that other senators try to put into legislation.

Coburn is a medical doctor who was first elected to the Senate in 2004 when he defeated Democrat Brad Carson with 53 percent of the vote.

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A designation has been delayed that would silence the horns of trains passing through downtown Tulsa. The so-called "quiet zone" designation had been expected to be implemented this spring, after work to install vehicle-proof gates at five railroad crossings was finished. City planner Dennis Whitaker says that the designation likely won't be implemented until the end of the year.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

Tulsa Public Schools

Tulsa, OK – Cell phone tower at Tulsa school opposed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A proposal to build a 196-foot cell phone tower on the grounds of a Tulsa middle school is opposed by neighbors and has the mayor asking questions.

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor also has questions about the tower. She's sent a letter to the city's Board of Adjustment saying her administration wants to review and analyze the proposal.

Jim Inhofe

Tulsa, OK – Inhofe's spending requests top $500M

TULSA, Okla. (AP) U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has submitted requests for more than 100 spending projects totaling more than $500 million.

The Tulsa World reported today from its Washington bureau that Inhofe has requested the projects for consideration during the upcoming congressional appropriations process.

Inhofe spokesman Jared Young cautioned local communities against false expectations, saying its likely that less than 50 percent of what was requested will be funded.