Oklahoma City airport inches closer to $115M expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's airport trust is moving toward a $115 million expansion project that could become the airport's first major overhaul in more than a decade.

The Journal Record reports that the trust approved on Thursday a joint resolution of intent to issue revenue bonds that would fund several improvements at the Will Rogers World Airport. The project includes adding an $85 million concourse, upgrading terminals, improving road signage and implementing a smart-technology system to tell drivers about available space in the airport's parking garage.

Airports Director Mark Kranenburg has been working on the project since 2013. Construction documents are being prepared and expected to receive approval within two months.

Construction work will begin in 2019 and likely take more than two years to complete.


Creek Nation Freedmen file lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second Oklahoma tribe is facing litigation over the citizenship status of the descendants of its former slaves.

The Tulsa World reports that the Muscogee Creek Freedmen filed a federal lawsuit last week against the Creek Nation and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Creek Freedmen are seeking full tribal citizenship and to have the tribe's constitution declared in violation of the Treaty of 1866, which guaranteed tribal citizenship to the tribe's freed slaves and their descendants, as well as black Creeks. The department in 1979 approved a law in the tribe's constitution that restricts citizenship eligibility to those with proof of Creek lineage.

The tribe has declined to comment until it receives the lawsuit.

The Cherokee Nation faced a similar lawsuit that was resolved last year .


Family disputes Oklahoma police account of teen's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The family of a Tulsa-area teenager who was fatally shot by police says the teen was driving away from the officer when he was shot, contradicting law enforcement reports on the incident.

State investigators are looking into the shooting death this week of 16-year-old Logan Simpson, the Tulsa World reported .

The teen's mother, Tiffany Simpson, called Bixby police Sunday after the teen told her someone was attacking his brother outside their home, said Kevin Adams, the family's attorney. Logan Simpson left in his car without his parents' knowledge during the altercation, which prompted his mother to tell police someone had stolen the car.

When officers arrived at the home, Tiffany Simpson told them that she had been mistaken about it being stolen and that it was her son who had the car, Adams said.

According to an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation news release, police searching for a stolen vehicle encountered Logan Simpson, who police said drove at an officer's squad car, leading to an officer opening fire and killing the teen.

The family said Thursday that Logan Simpson had been driving away when he was shot, and they reiterated that he was driving his own car. Adams pointed to a picture appearing to show bullet holes behind the driver's side door and along the side. He also mentioned medical records that he said indicate Logan was nearly shot in the back. An autopsy report hasn't been completed.

"I've spoken to experts. I've spoken to former law enforcement," Adams said. "There's no way possible for him to have been driving toward the officer and then have the officer shoot him through the door. It's our belief that the officer shot him as he drove past."

The family is planning to sue the city, Adams said. He said he also wants to see charges filed against the officer who shot Logan Simpson. The Bixby Police Department didn't respond to the newspaper's comment request.