Local & Regional

Labor Day Raft Race is Back

Aug 26, 2015

For the first time in a generation, Tulsans will be floating on the Arkansas River this Labor Day.  From the 1970s to early 90s, a raft race was held on the Arkansas River each Labor Day. The civic event is being resurrected to draw attention to the river.

One of this year's sponsors in the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The company has two power generators on the Arkansas River. The utility's Stan Whiteford says it will be donating some of the water to help fill the river. He says the company will make 10-hours of water available to float the rafts.

File Photo

OSU announces plan to increase rural doctors in Oklahoma 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State University officials have announced a six-year, $3.8 million grant from the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust to help fund a medical residency program in mostly rural parts of the state.

University and state officials announced details of the plan Wednesday during a news conference at the state Capitol.

Environmental Protection Agency


DALLAS (AP) — Critics have notified the Environmental Protection Agency of their intent to sue if regulators do not update their rules on fracking waste in 60 days.

The letter sent to Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday says EPA has flouted its obligation to update the rules on oil and gas waste every three years. The last time rules were updated was in 1988.

The letter urges the agency to adopt stricter controls on oil and gas waste disposal.

Nate Robson-Oklahoma Watch



Hear the audio version of this story:

  In Jenks Public Schools, campus police physically restrained and handcuffed a second-grade special education student.

His crime? He ran to the playground to escape a noisy classroom.

State of Oklahoma



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Funeral services and a candlelight vigil have been scheduled for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who was stabbed to death in a weekend attack at an Oklahoma City restaurant.

A candlelight vigil will be held on the south steps of the state Capitol at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A rosary for Costello will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Monica Catholic Church in Edmond, and a funeral mass will be held at the same location at 10 a.m. Saturday.

1 Dead in Sand Springs Fire

Aug 26, 2015

A woman is dead following an overnight house fire in Sand Springs. Officials say the blaze was reported shortly after midnight near 8th and Ridge in Sand Springs.

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze. Fire investigators will spend the day looking for what started the blaze.

A man, also in the house, was taken to the hospital with burns. Another woman managed to get out of the house without serious injuries.

In the local news:

  • City leaders discuss police and fire overtime expenses.
  • No bond for Christian Costello.
  • A Sand Springs fire leaves one woman dead.

The City of Tulsa paid $7.6 million last fiscal year for police and fire overtime, exceeding the budget by more than $2 million.

Those overtime costs come out of the city’s general fund, so they affect other departments. The police department went $1.6 million over its overtime budget, and Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks said that’s sort of a double whammy.

Federal Highway Administration

Putting public safety funding toward maintaining Tulsa streets can cut down on accidents, especially if the right materials are used.

Part of that street maintenance money would be for striping and signs. Traffic Operations Manager Kurt Kraft said accidents could be reduced 12 to 16 percent by using retroreflective materials.

File photo



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans are paying the lowest gasoline prices for this time of year since 2004.

AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's statewide average of about $2.46 per gallon for regular gasoline is nearly 12 cents below the average posted only seven days ago and puts the state among the 10 states with the largest week-over-week pump price declines.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says a sharp drop in crude oil prices has pushed the price of gasoline down to a national average of about $2.58, down almost 23 cents from the 2015 high of $2.80 recorded on June 15.