On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we hear from two doctors who are both highly accomplished and longtime advocates of public health, which has been defined as (per Wikipedia) "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations public and private, communities, and individuals." The health of a given culture or society, in other words, rather than any one individual's health or well-being.
Tulsa has a big opportunity this week to land more nonstop flights to and from the city.
Tulsa International Airport is hosting a conference that could attract more routes to the area. Airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said they bid for the conference last year as part of an air service initiative.
The City of Tulsa might replace its volunteer program to enforce disabled parking with paid part-time parking inspectors.
State law mandates a cumbersome process for the volunteers that hasn’t been very successful. They must take a photo of a violation and file it in a police department system so an officer can review it and write the ticket.
Asset management director Mark Hogan proposes hiring 10 part-time parking inspectors for 10 hours a week each.
Many school districts across the state resumed assessment tests today. So far, no major problems have been noted at school testing sites. Tulsa School officials told KWGS they are keeping their "fingers crossed" as testing resumed.
In the wake of thousands of disruptions in online assessments today, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said she will recommend the State Board of Education not renew the contract of testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill for the next fiscal year.
The Tulsa School Board is contracting out management of the district’s transportation department. There were some complaints from the support workers’ union, but Schools Spokesman Chris Payne says no one is losing their job and the deal will save time and money, more than $250,000 a year, plus a minimum of an additional $130,000 in the first year of the contract.
The vote was unanimous to contract with Missouri based TransPar for transportation management services. The district will continue to own the school bus fleet.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second consecutive year, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.
Superintendent Janet Barresi directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend its testing Monday after disruptions for students taking high school end-of-instruction exams and tests in grades six through eight.
A similar glitch stalled testing last year in Oklahoma and elsewhere.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An independent candidate for Oklahoma governor has been removed from the ballot after the state's election board determined a guilty plea to a felony crime more than a decade ago disqualified him from running.
The three-member Oklahoma Election Board voted unanimously Monday to remove Joe Sills' name from the ballot. Sills' candidacy was challenged by Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Joe Dorman.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The names of a Tulsa police officer and Tulsa County deputy involved in a shooting that killed a woman during the weekend have been released.
Authorities said Monday that 18-year-old Karina Sandoval-Jimenez was killed in the shooting involving police Cpl. Daniel Miller and sheriff's Sgt. Rick Treadwell.
Police have said the shooting came after officers responded to reports of a robbery just after 1 a.m. Saturday and that the deputy and the police officer opened fire on a vehicle at the scene as it drove toward them.