Oklahoma City, OK – State's 2 largest school districts go on probation
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state's education board has placed Oklahoma's two largest school districts on probation as part of the accrediting process for the upcoming school year.
The board voted unanimously Thursday on accreditation recommendations for the state's 533 school districts. The Tulsa and Oklahoma City districts were "accredited with probation," the most serious status short of losing accreditation.
Tulsa, OK – School districts and municipalities in Tulsa County are about to get Christmas is July in an unexpected gift. Tulsa County Treasurer Dennis Semler is making cash available from the interest paid on delinquent property taxes. It totals $1.2-million.
Under state law the funds will be split three-ways, among the school districts, towns and the county. The checks should arrive later this month. Semler says this is the first time the county has made the funds available.
Tulsa, OK – Judge dismisses major portion of lawsuit
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A federal judge has ruled that the state of Oklahoma can't pursue monetary damages totaling more than $611 million against Arkansas poultry companies because it failed to properly name the Cherokee Nation as a party in its lawsuit.
The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Gregory K. Frizzell was a major blow to Oklahoma's environmental lawsuit against 12 poultry companies for polluting the Illinois River watershed with bird waste.
McAlester, OK – McALESTER, Okla. (AP) Eight soldiers at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant have tested positive for the swine flu in what health officials say is the largest single outbreak of the virus in the state.
The base's medical director Dr. Norman McAlester said Wednesday most of the soldiers already have recovered. He says all the soldiers who were ill wore face masks and were isolated from the rest of the soldiers who were taking part in a national training exercise at the base.
Tulsa, OK – A group of businessmen, business women and community leaders from Tulsa and Oklahoma City today reported progress and expressed confidence in their efforts to bring professional Women's National Basketball Association franchise to Tulsa. Their goal is to begin playing home games at the BOK Center in June 2010.