Tulsa, OK – Tulsa based Dollar-Thrifty shareholders reject a one-point-46 billion dollar buy-out offer from Hertz. Rival bidder Avis sweetened his deal which was already three-dollars are share more than Hertz to include a 20-million dollar break-up fee if they fail to close on the deal.
Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Chairman Don Walker is somewhat relieved. The Chamber would prefer Dollar-Thrifty remain a stand-alone company. However, unlike Hertz, Avis does have a presence in Oklahoma.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Police Department is in line for a four-point-four million dollar grant from the Justice Department. Tulsa is included in the communities splitting 298-million dollars from the Justice Department.
The money is to provide 100-percent of the approved salary and benefits for entry level officer positions over a three year period. If the department accepts the grant, it would be required to keep the officers for a fourth year.
Muskogee, OK – There is a new U-S attorney on the job at the federal court house at Muskogee. Mark Green was sworn into office yesterday as the new U-S Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. He was nominated by President Obama last July. He will replace Sheldon Sperling who has been in the position since 2001.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. unemployment rate up slightly to 7 percent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's statewide unemployment rate is now at 7 percent.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Wednesday unemployment in the state in August increased slightly from July, but it's still much lower than the national August unemployment rate of 9.6 percent.
Tulsa, OK – The 2010 Tulsa State Fair opens at four this afternoon. The mid-way rides are being inspected by the state department of labor. Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields was on the mid-way with his inspectors yesterday.
We asked what happens if they find a ride that isn't up to par. If it can't be fixed, Fields says the ride will not operate.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced today that Mark Sipe will fill the appointment as Fire Marshal for the City of Tulsa. Sipe has over twenty years of experience with the Tulsa Fire Department and served as District Chief in Emergency Operations prior to this appointment.