Local & Regional

Matt Trotter, KWGS; TMAPC

Strip clubs, car dealers, drive-thrus — those are a few things you won't see around the Arkansas River if a design overlay is passed.

A committee has drafted restrictions on land use and some design regulations. There are a few businesses in the proposed area that wouldn't be allowed, but INCOG Land Development Manager Susan Miller said they won't have to suddenly close.

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An American Lung Association report gives Oklahoma poor grades in dealing with tobacco and tobacco related illness. Some progress has been made, but Oklahoma’s American Lung Association Director Jeremy Hughey says more must be done to just get us to where most other states are already.

The state received a D in smoke-free air and an F in tobacco taxes. Governor Fallin has proposed a hike of a $1.50 a pack, which could improve Oklahoma’s grade in the tobacco taxes area. Hughey says Oklahoma also  needs a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law.

Parking Meter Vendor Selected

Feb 3, 2016
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During the pilot program, three vendors installed seven Parking Pay Stations each for a total of 21 stations in the Brady Arts District. At the end of the pilot period, the City of Tulsa selected Parkeon as the new multi-space vendor for Tulsa’s parking meter system.

All of the parking pay stations that are currently in the Brady Arts District will be removed this Friday and temporary signage will be placed over the existing signage. Enforcement will continue with a two-hour parking limit in the Brady District until the City procures the new parking pay stations.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. is laying off 440 employees.

SandRidge CEO James Bennett told The Oklahoman layoffs are due to continuing low prices for oil. Bennett said the affected employees are being given undisclosed severance packages.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

State Budget Cuts Hit Hard at DHS

Feb 3, 2016

The head of the giant department of Human Services goes before the Oklahoma House Appropriations Sub-Committee. Director Ed Lake told lawmakers the DHS has already trimmed budgets because of the revenue failure and more cuts will mean tougher times ahead for the agency charged with helping Oklahoma's neediest.                      

Lakes spoke for about 45 minutes this morning. He said salaries have told lawmakers that additional cuts will make it more difficult to achieve its court-mandated foster care goals as outlined in the Pinnacle Plan.

Crash Damages TU Tennis Courts

Feb 3, 2016

An early morning auto crash causes extensive damage to the tennis courts on the University of Tulsa campus.

Tulsa Police say the crash took place shortly after 1 a.m. A woman, believed to be speeding, crash into a curb near 8th and Columbia. She lost control of her car. It went airborne and rolled on to the TU tennis court. The impact downed a fence and demolished the score board.

The woman was pulled to safety from the sunroof of her car. She was taken to the hospital with what police call "non-life threatening  injuries".




OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford is pushing for an end to a federal tax subsidy for the production of electricity through wind power.

The first-term Republican from Oklahoma introduced an amendment Tuesday that would not allow any more companies to qualify for the tax credit after 2019. The amendment was proposed to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, which is being debated in the Senate this week.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A gas utility has said bad workmanship was the cause of a Jan. 2 pipeline explosion that obliterated a northwest Oklahoma City home, damaged dozens of others and severely injured a man.

Oklahoma Natural Gas cited a 3.5 inch crack in a polyethylene pipe and a lack of fusion in a weld seam as the cause of the blast in an incident report filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday.

An Oklahoma Natural Gas says the utility didn't have any additional comment.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Opposition already has surfaced to several bills to rein in state tax subsidies, sending a signal to lawmakers that taking them away will be no easy task.

Gov. Mary Fallin and Republican state legislative leaders all have endorsed repealing or reducing various tax exemptions and deductions as a way to help close a $900 million hole in the state budget.

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday killed one bill that would have prohibited companies from taking advantage of two separate tax incentive programs at the same time.

In the local news:

  • Tulsa names its 'Women of the Year'.
  • Cutting tax credits may be tough.
  • A car crashes into the TU Tennis Courts