Oklahoma City, OK – OPEA calls for legislative subcommittees to meet
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's largest state workers organization is calling for lawmakers to convene meetings of appropriation subcommittees.
The Oklahoma Public Employees Association said Friday it's not yet calling for a special session of the Legislature but that the state's continuing revenue decline merits meetings of the subcommittees.
Tulsa, OK – Geologist says he hired kids, friends for report
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A geologist has admitted that he hired his own three daughters and family friends to do legwork for a report that became the backbone of Oklahoma's pollution lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry.
Thursday's revelation from J. Berton Fisher, one of the state's expert witnesses, came under cross-examination from poultry company attorneys.
Tulsa, OK – The University of Tulsa, which manages the world-renowned Gilcrease Museum, has acquired the C.M. Russell Research Collection that contains more than 13,000 objects that cover a full range of the artist's life and work. Russell's biographer, Homer Britzman, gathered the items with the assistance of Nancy Russell, the artist's widow, following the artist's death in 1926.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The brother of a woman who was killed in a rock quarry crash in Tulsa has filed a lawsuit that blames the quarry for the crash.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, also names the driver of the vehicle, who also died in the Sept. 5 crash.
Troy Adams, 24; Mark Gaches, 23; and Andrea Merriman, 21, were killed when the pickup truck driven by Adams left the roadway and crashed into the APAC rock quarry. Amanda Stone, 19, another passenger, was seriously injured.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Attendance at this year's Tulsa State Fair was down 8.7 percent from last year.
Expo Square President and CEO Mark Andrus estimate this year's attendance to be 835,000, down from last years estimated attendance of 915,000. It's the third straight year estimated attendance at the fair has declined.
Andrus says bad weather had a lot to do with this year's numbers.
Granite,OK – Lawmakers: Prison too valuable to close
GRANITE, Okla. (AP) State lawmakers say they have no plans to close the Oklahoma State Reformatory.
Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore and Sen. Anthony Sykes of Newcastle toured the state facility in Granite on Wednesday. They say lawmakers will consider a private maximum-security prison, but that it will be an addition to current state prisons.