Tulsa, OK – Tulsa police blame texting teen for outage
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say an accident that left about two dozen people without power in central Tulsa happened after a teenage driver who was sending a text message crashed into a power pole.
The accident happened about 8:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of 23rd and Yale. Police say the teen was texting when he looked up at the last second, swerved to avoid a car and crashed into the pole.
ENID, Okla. (AP) Some heavy storms have pounded Garfield County, causing flash flooding and damage at Chisholm High School and several area buildings.
Pieces of tin roofing and tree limbs were scattered across the high school parking lot after the thunderstorms packing high winds and heavy rain rolled through late Sunday night. Some areas reported receiving up to 6 inches of rain.
Oklahoma City, OK – Thought 2009 was bad? As of July, '10 may be worse
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma was on shaky financial ground when it closed the books on its 2009 fiscal year following six straight months of declining revenue amid a spiraling economy and plummeting energy prices.
If the first month of the new fiscal year is any indication, the state will face far worse in 2010.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Lawmaker wants death for molesters
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A state lawmaker plans to file legislation next year to impose life in prison or the death penalty on repeat child molesters.
Rep. Rex Duncan of Sand Springs says the idea is the result of the arrest of Marcus Berry. Berry is a two-time convicted sex offender who kidnapped a two-year-old girl from her front yard in Tulsa on Wednesday.
Officers say the girl was naked and in a pickup truck with the 56-year-old Berry when they found them.
Broken Arrow, OK – The location was changed at the last minute to the Broken Arrow Community Center to handle the large crowd. A town hall meeting by Senator Tom Coburn lasted almost one hour and focused mostly on health care. Most of those at the meeting were backers of the Senator and he discussed his feelings about proposed legislation. Hear the first half hour here.
Stigler, OK – County commissioners ordered to pay fees to ACLU
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A federal appeals court says Haskell County commissioners must pay legal fees of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma in a lawsuit over a Ten Commandments monument.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver says the ACLU should receive attorneys fees, costs and expenses because it won the lawsuit. An ACLU attorney says the amount won't be known for weeks or months.