Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma child advocacy group says teen pregnancy rates are climbing in the state after years of decline. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy says the state's teen birthrate ranks fifth in the nation. That's based on analysis of federal health data.
Tulsa, OK – Sarah Palin urging unity among Republicans
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Sarah Palin says it's time for Republican Party bosses to put aside their differences and capitalize on a series of victories by tea party-backed candidates heading into the November election.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate spoke to about 1,000 people Wednesday night at a gala in Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) A 23-year-old Tulsa mother is being held on $250,000 bond. Janette Mickelboro is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her infant son. Police say Mickelboro admitted she tied a blanket around the boy's face to hold his pacifier in place then left him in a chair for several hours.
Washington, D.C. – GOP senator says he will hold up food safety bill
WASHINGTON (AP) A Republican senator is threatening to hold up food safety legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to prevent outbreaks, saying Democrats must find a way to pay for it.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the bill, which has stalled in the Senate for more than a year, adds to the deficit and expands the power of an already troubled agency.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett delivers his first State of the City address to over 800 business and civic leaders in Tulsa. During the 36-minute speech the Mayor called for planning and developing of an Arkansas River Corridor for economic, business opportunities and environmentally correct recreation attractions.
That is the cry from some residents at the Central Park Condos, near 6th and Denver, downtown. The residents' board wants to cut down the trees to eliminate the mess from migratory birds. Resident Melissa Schrupt says there are other options, such as devices to keep the birds out.
Some of the residents sought a restraining order to save the trees. When the tree trimming firm learned of the action, the crew left.
The Child Crisis Unit issued a warning about Pedo-Bear. It is a cartoon character that some say is associated with pedophilia. The release says child molesters use the symbol to communicate with each other on message board.
Numerous websites have listed Pedo-Bear as a hoax.