Oklahoma City, OK – Police: Fire where bodies found intentionally set
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City police say a fire that swept through a home where four people were found dead was intentionally set. Investigators are now searching for a fifth person who they believe was at the house when the blaze began.
Firefighters discovered the bodies of three women and one man early Monday inside the burning home on the city's southwest side. The identities of the victims have not been released.
Tulsa, OK – Williams says Colorado Hub pipeline now in service
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Williams Cos. Inc. says a 26.4-mile-long natural gas transmission pipeline in Colorado is now in use.
Tulsa-based Williams announced Tuesday that Northwest Pipeline GP, its majority-owned subsidiary, has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to place the Colorado Hub Connection into service. The pipeline project cost $60 million.
Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Debbe Leftwich said it was unconscionable for the Department of Human Services (DHS) to pass out nearly $200,000 in pay hikes at a time when the agency has cut $7.4 million from senior nutrition programs. Leftwich said while many employees at DHS and other state agencies are underpaid, raising salaries while cutting senior nutrition is the wrong thing to do. She applauded House member Randy Terrill, R-Moore, for bringing attention to the situation on Wednesday.
By Mayor Taylor discusses the figures with John Durkee
Tulsa, OK – The news is not good for city of Tulsa coffers. Sales tax revenue was down again last month. Mayor Kathy Taylor got the latest figures from the state yesterday. The figures are down over 14-percent.
The mayor says city staff is reviewing the figures but it doesn't appear additional city lay-offs will be needed. Last month, the city laid off over 50-employees are grounded the police helicopters as a way to save money.
Tulsa, OK – Families are invited to ice skate beneath the skyline again this year at Arvest Winterfest, the area's largest outdoor holiday celebration in Downtown Tulsa. Major enhancements are slated for the festival including a new location, a larger frozen ice surface, an even taller tree, and the addition of a warming and hospitality tent. Over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's festival, open daily (weather permitting, excluding Christmas) from November 27, 2009 through January 4, 2010.
Tulsa, OK – The polls are open 7-to-7 today as Tulsans elect a new mayor, select an auditor, fill out the city council and decide the fate of three city charter change proposals. KWGS will be here tonight with complete election returns.
Brad Gibson will be with the Dewey Bartlett campaign.
Marshall Stewart will cover the Tom Adelson watch party.
And Denise Brewer will be with Mark Perkins' campaign.
Tulsa, OK – A Tulsa man has been arrested in a deadly Nowata County Hit-and-Run accident. The wreck last May left three people dead. It is believed Strong was driving a classic 1955 Chevy at the time of the wreck.
46-year-old Charles Strong was arrested today. He is being held on a half-million dollar bond.