T-Town Rundown: What's Happening Around the Tulsa Area Today
From Tulsa students being trained in the art of hacking to area organizations asking for food donations, here are just some of the events occurring in the Tulsa metro Tuesday.
As always, follow KTUL.com for full-length coverage on larger stories occurring in the area, state and nation. The following events are just some of those happening Thursday with updates posted throughout the morning as we send out crews and reporters to stories we're working on for our evening newscasts.
Tulsa Police: Unit officers are stepping up their red light enforcement through the end of the month on South Memorial Drive. Drivers are being warned to pay special attention during their commutes. We'll have more details on this right here on KTUL.com and Channel 8 as Elizabeth Stidham has more this afternoon.
Donate: The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Toys for Tots are asking Tulsans for canned food items. Residents can drop off their donations at City Hall or any City of Tulsa fire station. Peanut butter, canned meat, soups and cereal are the most needed items.
Cyber Monday: It's back again. Retailers are offering discounts and sales on their websites for shoppers looking to get their Christmas list crossed off right from their home. Channel 8's Kim Jackson will be looking into this tonight with information on using credit vs. debit, smartphones vs. computers and online shopping safety.
University of Tulsa: Did you know that students here are being trained to hack, crack and mine computer data? The Cyber Corps programme offers a two-year course in cyber-espionage, placing 85 percent of its graduates with the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. Through classroom theory and field work, students are taught to be grade A hackers with much of their work devoted to charging pedophiles.
Tulsa: The father of a 7-year-old boy who was hit by a car on Halloween was arrested last weekend on charges of rape. Tshaka Rivers was arrested Friday after allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl. We'll have more on this right here on KTUL.com as we receive more information.
Northeastern State University: An alumna was recently named Elementary Principal of the Year in Grove. Julie Bloss was awarded the honor Monday for her guidance at the Early Childhood Center in Grove. She has previously served as a teacher, counselor and assistant principal.
Jackpot: The Powerball is up to $425 million with no winner announced yet. Have you bought a ticket? We'll have more as we follow the lottery through its drawing Wednesday.
Tulsa: Grace Hospice of Oklahoma is continuing their weekly support group called "Coping with Grief during the Holidays." The meeting take place every Monday through Dec. 3rd and are open to anyone wanting to discuss grief during the holiday season.