No new deaths from flu in Tulsa County in the past week, but statewide the number increased by two up to 84 deaths in Oklahoma this flu season. Those 65 and older have been hit hard this year, according to the Tulsa Health Department’s Kaitlin Snider.
The Health Department does have vaccine available free to those without insurance or the ability to pay.
Negotiations on a jail deal reach an impasse that prompts Tulsa County to drop talks on an agreement. County leaders say proposed changes by the city of Tulsa are unacceptable. Commissioner Ron Peters says while the county and Criminal Justice Authority have signed off on a deal, the city has refused to do so.
Peters says the jail will continue to house municipal inmates as long as the city pays the daily rate determined by county commissioners.
Tulsa Public Schools will host nine public forums to discuss the 2015 bond initiative, in advance of a public vote to take place on Tuesday, March 3. The $415 million bond will focus on capital improvement projects district wide – including plans for a centralized STEM center, replacing portable buildings with permanent classroom additions, including storm shelters that double as either classroom or library space – as well as a significant investment in technology to provide every child in the district with individual access to a computer, tablet or laptop device.
An evening fire heavily damages a section of Barnsdall's downtown. The fire broke out in a building that was last used as a beauty shop.
The fire quickly spread to two other buildings. One building was used to house classic cars. All of the cars were removed before the flames engulfed the building. The other building damaged was the former Barnsdall newspaper office.
No injuries were reported. The fire fight was hampered by a water problem. The State Fire Marshal's office will aid in the investigation into the cause.
A bill to establish guidelines for court-ordered outpatient mental health treatment advanced out of committee Wednesday with a slight change.
An amendment to Rep. Lee Denney’s bill will move its effective date to 2016.
"We opted to move the date forward a year instead of putting 'when funds are available', because it sometimes seems we put things in statute and funds are just never available," Denney said. "So this will cause it to take effect next year when — I hope — our fiscal picture's much brighter."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters would get to decide if the governor and lieutenant governor should run on a ticket together, whether Oklahomans need more gun rights, and if the entire state constitution should be rewritten.
The House Rules Committee approved the three separate measures on Wednesday that would send proposals to a vote of the people. All three resolutions now go to the full House.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police say there has been a noticeable increase in self-defense shootings this year.
The Tulsa World reports that of 11 homicide victims this year, five have been killed by security guards or civilians in shootings that the Tulsa Police Department considered self-defense. In 2014, six out of eight homicides that were self-defense shootings involved police officers. Tulsa police have not been involved in any self-defense shootings this year.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The first meeting for the public to review and offer comment on Tulsa's updated zoning code is tonight.
The event is at the Greenwood Cultural Center.
The main elements of the zoning update will include strategies for mixed-use development, parking and transitions from commercial to residential corridors, with a focus on preserving unique or desirable neighborhood characteristics.
Over the next few months, the public will have several opportunities to review the draft, submit questions and ideas — both online and in group meetings.