Local & Regional

Council Pushes Toward Vision Deadline

Jan 28, 2016
KWGS News/Tgov

Tulsa City Councilors are working toward a 6 p.m vote to fine tune a Vision Sales Tax renewal package. Councilors met for over two hours this morning and will continues to tweak the proposal right up to vote time.

At issue is who-would-get-how-much. The 3/5ths of a penny proposal would be on the April election ballot if approved by the council tonight.

The proposal fund water in the Arkansas River, various economic development projects and a public safety component.

Join us tomorrow morning for Morning Edition for an update on the council’s action.

Council Pushes Toward Vision Deadline

Jan 28, 2016
KWGS News/Tgov

Tulsa City Councilors are working toward a 6 p.m vote to fine tune a Vision Sales Tax renewal package. Councilors met for over two hours this morning and will continues to tweak the proposal right up to vote time.

At issue is who-would-get-how-much. The 3/5ths of a penny proposal would be on the April election ballot if approved by the council tonight.

The proposal fund water in the Arkansas River, various economic development projects and a public safety component.

Join us tomorrow morning for Morning Edition for an update on the council’s action.

Governor to Propose Teacher Pay Increase

Jan 28, 2016
NGA

Oklahoma's governor is planning to raise the pay of classroom teachers across the state of Oklahoma. Governor Fallin will introduce a plan to increase teacher salaries next week. Fallins spoke with Oklahoma Watch but did not offer any specific details or an outline of her plan.

David Boren, president of OU, recently presented his own plan for a one cent sales only to be used for Oklahoma education and would bypass the legislature. Fallin has concerns about Boren's proposed sales tax. 

Private Firm to Operate Tulsa Jail ?

Jan 28, 2016
KWGS News File Photo

Could we be returning to the days of a private contractor operating the Tulsa Jail?  We could be.

The Tulsa Criminal Justice Authority wants a more efficient operation at the jail.  Tulsa County District 1 Commissioner John Smaligo says he would be open to considering such proposals.

When the Tulsa jail first opened in the 1990s,  it was managed by the Corrections Corporation of America. After several years, the jail was turned over to the supervision of then Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz.

Oklahoma Historical Society

 

 

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — Muscogee Creek Nation Principal Chief James Floyd plans to discuss the state of the tribe in an address this weekend.

Floyd will speak to tribal citizens Saturday at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Mound Building in Okmulgee.

The tribe says this year's State of the Nation address will include a review of its economic development plans and delivery of services to citizens.

Tulsa Jail Booing Photo

Two suspected squatters are in jail after operating a reputed drug operation out of a vacant house in north Tulsa.

The home-owner died a while back. The man and woman apparently moved into the home near Pine and North Utica.

Police say the home had been trashed. It had no running water and were running a generator for power. 

In custody is Tommy Wroten (pictured) and Bonnie Foster.

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City of Tulsa

A more than five hours–long meeting leads to big changes in Tulsa’s Vision renewal package.

City officials cut $159 million in all, eliminating the need to issue general obligation bonds. Mayor Dewey Bartlett said it’s time to move forward with the election.

"There are other funding packages, other funding sources that will become available for whatever is not quite met," Bartlett said. "We have those opportunities here now within a few years as well."

The lion’s share of those cuts, $126 million, came out of the list of economic development projects.

File photo

Oklahoma’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.2 to 4.1 from November to December. It sounds like good news, but while a household survey shows more people working, a business survey shows several thousand job losses. Lynn Gray with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says, not unexpectedly, the hardest hit sectors are related to the oil and gas industry.

The state has gone from over 63-thousand oil and gas jobs in 2014, to around 50-thousand in 2015, a drop of nearly 20%.

 BOSTON (AP) _ A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she's training to run this year's race: all 26.2 miles of it.  
 Adrianne Haslet-Davis tells the Hallmark Channel she'll run to help raise money and awareness for Limbs for Life, an Oklahoma City-based organization that provides prostheses to amputees.  
 Haslet-Davis lost her left leg below the knee in the April 2013 attacks, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.  

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