Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma judge granted an injunction Monday blocking enforcement of a state law that would require women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus.
Oklahoma County District Judge Noma Gurich set a pretrial hearing for Jan. 21 and directed that the state not enforce the law, which was passed by legislators during their 2010 session. A temporary restraining order against the law had been in effect since May.
Oklahoma City, OK – A limited amount of summer cooling assistance funds will be made available across the state through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Oklahoma City, OK – Arguments set on Okla. abortion law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oral arguments are scheduled on a request to block a state law requiring pregnant women to have an ultrasound and hear a description of the fetus before getting an abortion.
The hearing is set Monday before Oklahoma County District Judge Noma Gurich. The law was temporarily blocked in May after the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York sued to have it declared unconstitutional.
Tulsa, OK – Heat warning extended in parts of Okla., Ark.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The National Weather Service is extending an excessive heat warning for parts of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.
The weather service in Tulsa on Sunday extended the excessive heat advisory until 7 p.m. Tuesday for 25 counties in eastern Oklahoma and three in western Arkansas. A heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday in northwestern Arkansas.
Skiatook, OK – The Oklahoma Lake Patrol says Skiatook Lake has claimed the life of a 40-year-old Tulsa man. The Patrol says Verdell Schoats was at the Osage Park when he tried to swim across the lake. Officials say he was about 25-yards away from shore when he started to struggle in the water. Family members tried to rescue him, but when the reached him, Schoats went under and did not resurface.
His body was recovered two hours later after the patrol search the lake by the dragging method.
Tulsa, OK – angerous heat forecast in parts of Okla., Ark.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The National Weather Service says dangerous heat is expected in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The weather service has issued an excessive heat warning through 7 p.m. Sunday for parts of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Okmulgee, Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Washington, Craig, Nowata, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Muskogee, Le Flore, Latimer and Haskell counties in Oklahoma and Crawford, Sebastian and Franklin counties in Arkansas are affected.
Tulsa, Ok – With better than anticipated budget figures, the Tulsa Public Schools is recalling 188 teachers. The educators were laid-off at the end of the school year in May because of budget shortfalls. The biggest group of teachers, 107, will be returning to the elementary classroom. 29-will be going to the district's middle schools and 52 will be in Tulsa's nine high schools.
The teachers selected for call-back were picked on the TPS service record and classroom effectiveness.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Area United Way volunteer Board of Directors has approved a goal of $24,067,551 for its 2010 fundraising campaign that officially kicks off Friday, September 10, 2010. Dan Ellinor, Senior Executive Vice President of Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. and 2010 Campaign Chair, announced the goal following a meeting of the Board today.
Tulsa, OK – Statement from Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.
I was not present during the City Council's Special Meeting yesterday afternoon where the Council discussed taking possible disciplinary action against me and members of my staff, including my Chief of Staff Terry Simonson. I have been informed that the Council discussed, and is now considering, numerous options related to disciplining me and members of my staff. Again, I want to unequivocally state that I have never lied to the City Council.
Tulsa, OK – Ex-Arrow Trucking employees may pursue wage claims
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Former employees of bankrupt Arrow Trucking Co. will be allowed to file wage claims after a bankruptcy judge ruled the company violated federal law.
Judge Terrence Michael ruled that Tulsa-based Arrow violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The WARN Act requires companies with more than 100 employees to give at least 60 days written notice of plans to close the business.