Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz wants a judge to order the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to pick-up over 200 inmates the sheriff is holding for the DOC.
The inmates have been convicted of crimes and are awaiting transfer to the state prisons. But, the DOC says it doesn't have room for the inmates either and they have a statewide backlog of over 1,000 inmates awaiting transfer.
Glanz says his jail is over crowded and has been cited by the state health department.
Major items passed by the Oklahoma Legislature, which was working Friday to wrap up its 2013 session:
— Tax Cut: Lawmakers adopted legislation that reduces the state's top income rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The measure has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
"When it comes to making sure that school kids have access to tornado shelters, Oklahoma’s state government has kept its distance. The state does not require public schools to install shelters, does not keep track of which schools have them, has provided limited state tax dollars to build them and has not assessed the cost of installing them statewide."
When it comes to making sure that school kids have access to tornado shelters, Oklahoma's state government has kept its distance. The state does not require public schools to install shelters, does not keep track of which schools have them, has provided limited state tax dollars to build them and has not assessed the cost of installing them statewide.
"When last Sunday’s tornado tore through Shawnee, the tribe began to round up their emergency personnel, and the Red Cross made sure they had what they needed, items such as food, cots and volunteers."
Public agencies in Moore have opened streets to residents and resumed mail delivery to as many addresses as possible.
At a news conference Friday, police said residents in the hardest-hit areas can go back into their neighborhoods without having to deal with police checkpoints. Some road closures may still occur as utility crews work to restore service.
Moore's postmaster said 85 percent of mail delivered from the Moore station is being delivered, and that mail deliveries from the Santa Fe station are up to 95 percent.
The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill to provide various tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses in Monday's tornado that tore through Moore and left 24 people dead.
The bill approved unanimously in the Senate on Friday also provides sales tax breaks for businesses that donate inventory to help storm victims and property tax credits for property that increases in value after it's rebuilt.
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