Tulsa, OK – The Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa announced today that metro Tulsa housing starts totaled 166 in November, 12.2 percent above starts reported in November 2008. The November total is a 33.3 percent decrease from the 249 starts in October, as the industry moves into the slower winter season. However, the year-over-year increase continues to edge annual starts closer to prior year totals, as year-to-date starts now trail 2008 figures by only 13.5 percent.
Tulsa, OK – Engineer: Manure no significant affect on river
TULSA, Okla. (AP) An environmental engineer says using bird manure as a crop fertilizer does not affect the Illinois River or Lake Tenkiller to "any significant extent."
John Connolly testified Wednesday on behalf of Arkansas poultry companies being sued by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Edmondson's lawsuit accuses the companies of polluting the Illinois River watershed with chicken litter.
Tulsa, OK – A new report shows Tulsa's infant mortality rate is above, not only the state but the national average. Kassie Prather with the Tulsa City-County Health Department says may deaths that were once thought of as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, are actually the result of unsafe sleep practices. Hear our special report:
Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge of Berryhill and Rep. Lucky Lamons of Tulsa were presented with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and the Council of Presidents at a ceremony Wednesday at the West Campus of Tulsa Community College. OSRHE Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, OSRHE State Regent Stuart Price and TCC President Tom McKeon recognized Benge and Lamons for their ongoing work for the continued success of higher education in Oklahoma.
Tulsa, OK – Dollar Thrifty boosts mileage of rental car fleet
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa-based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group says it expects its fleet of rental vehicles will be about 10 percent more fuel-efficient after recent purchases of new car models.
Dollar Thrifty said more than 40 percent of its 2010 model year purchases were cars with highway ratings of more than 30 miles per gallon. Only about 10 percent of the 2009 models Dollar Thrifty bought met that mileage threshold.
In response to the Tulsa City Council's concern expressed in Tuesday's committee meetings, and after conferring with Council Chairman Rick Westcott today, Mayor Dewey Bartlett has asked City Auditor Preston Doerflinger to undertake a review of all circumstances surrounding the transport and delivery of a Tulsa Zoo giraffe.
Tulsa, OK – A public memorial service to honor evangelist Oral Roberts, founder of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University, who died yesterday, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Central Time, Monday, Dec. 21 at the Mabee Center on the campus of ORU, 7777 South Lewis Ave., at the corner of 81st St. and Lewis Ave., Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett is looking at forming a partnership with the county sheriff's office. The mayor says if the city has to trim additional police officers he would like to out-source some duties to the sheriff.
So far, there has been just one conversation. Mayor Bartlett says Sheriff Glanz was open to the idea.