OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A top Oklahoma election official says this may be the last year for using the state's optical scanner voting machines.
State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the equipment is 18 years old, and the state has gotten its money's worth. Ziriax said spare parts are getting hard to find and both the hardware and software are nearing the end of their useful life.
Sallisaw, OK – SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) The economy of the eastern Oklahoma town of Sallisaw has taken a hit in the months since Blue Ribbon Downs closed in November. City Manager Bill Baker says Sallisaw saw a 10 percent drop in sales tax revenue for this past December to May when compared to the average revenue for the same period from the two previous fiscal years.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
Oklahoma City, OK – Prosecutor: Okla. lawmakers had 'slush fund'
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says some lawmakers had a "slush fund" and he is expanding his investigation into possible corruption.
Prater is investigating allegations state Rep. Randy Terrill conspired to create an $80,000-a-year state job for Sen. Debbe Leftwich so she wouldn't run for re-election allowing Rep. Mike Christian to run for the seat.
Tulsa, OK – Heat warning in NE Oklahoma, western Arkansas
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The National Weather Service office in Tulsa has issued a heat warning for residents in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Monday in Cherokee, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Ottawa, Washington, Osage, Craig, Nowata, Pawnee, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Muskogee, Le Flore and Haskell counties in Oklahoma. The warning is also in effect for Crawford, Sebastian and Franklin counties in Arkansas.
Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahoma Turnpike Authority officials say five construction projects totaling $27.6 million are about to start on the Turner Turnpike. Turnpike officials said yesterday they would take steps to ease disruption for motorists.