News

New laws started on Nov. 1

 

A host of new state laws took effect November 1, including laws about gun permits, cell phones, alcohol sales, child abuse, tanning beds and driving too long in the left-lane of a highway. Here are a few of the new laws passed in the 2017 session of the Oklahoma Legislature. House Bills HB 1324 — […]

Lawmakers: cut waste instead of raising taxes

 

State Reps. Tom Gann, R-Inola, and Rick West, R-Heavener, are calling on Governor Mary Fallin’s administration to abandon its drive for tax increases and to instead return their focus to eliminating the many costly inefficiencies in state government. The representatives said they are alarmed at the findings of last week’s legislative hearing by the House […]

State needs to reform purchasing policies

 

State Rep. Rick West hosted an interim study on Oklahoma’s Central Purchasing Act during a House Government Modernization Committee meeting. The study included presentations from three state agency representatives who claim mandatory state contracts force agencies to purchase items at a higher cost than what they could pay locally. “I first learned about central purchasing […]

Nurse faces accusations

 

Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged a certified nurse aide with four counts of financial exploitation by a caretaker and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses. An investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered Tracy Borman, 41, of Mannford, allegedly used an elderly resident’s debit card to withdraw […]

Rep. Scott Biggs resigns

 

Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, has resigned from the House to take on a new job. He’s serving as the USDA Executive Director for Farm Services in Oklahoma. The resignation is effective immediately. Biggs was the chairman of the House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee.  He also sponsored the vehicle for voters to decide if they […]

Weather

Partly Cloudy
Saturday 11/18 20%
Partly Cloudy
Windy and overcast in the morning followed by sunny skies in the afternoon. High 57F. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Clear
Sunday 11/19 0%
Clear
Mainly sunny. High around 60F. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 11/20 0%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High around 65F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
Clear
Tuesday 11/21 0%
Clear
A few passing clouds, otherwise generally sunny. High 61F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 11/22 0%
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High near 50F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Opinion

Editorial: Special election on November 14

 

Special elections are notorious for bad outcomes. On November 14, most Tulsa voters will decide the fate of seven proposed charter changes. There are two local special elections, one for the Oklahoma House and one for the Senate. Plus, there is a utility franchise vote in Bixby and a City of Sand Springs bond election. […]

Editorial: Liability for selling beer to drunks

 

Finally, the Oklahoma Supreme Court got one right. In 2018, Oklahoma will expand its liquor laws so that convenience stores, groceries, drug stores and other retailers will be able to sell hard beer and wine for the first time. In October, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a convenience store may be held liable if […]

Editorial: Tulsa hikes water bills once again

 

Here’s something that shouldn’t surprise any Tulsan – utility rates are going up in November. Like clockwork, the Tulsa City Council and Mayor G.T. Bynum annual jack up the cost of their water and sewer rates. These annual 7-plus percent increases may seem small to some, but it adds up to low-income Tulsans, the elderly […]

Letter to the editor: Abortion is a bigger problem than opioids

    

Recently, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and the government is going to spend billions of taxpayer dollars in an effort to prevent and treat opioid addiction. The government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports approximately 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016 – that’s a death rate […]

Letter to the editor: CNN fake news

    

The credible Tulsa Beacon had great foresight to run the “Vindicated on Hacking” letter back on May 18. And now, fast forward to today, where it is now proven the hack was actually liberal-driven. Wow. As the clever voters of Bible Nation; formerly The Bible Belt, already knew, it is now confirmed that Russian aliens […]

Columns

Abortion abolitionists want to end the holocaust now

    

In 19th Century America, a group of Christians decided that human slavery violated Biblical principles (all men are created equal). They sought to abolish slavery immediately and that didn’t set well with many Americans who didn’t think of black people as fully human. The slave owners had come to depend upon not only the economic […]

The best community is a church following the Scriptures

    

Articles by urbanists who talk about the importance of community fascinate me.  It’s as if it is some new concept that we need to embrace, along with the notion that the only way for people to connect to each other is to encourage them the live closer and closer together. Moreover, the community unit, if […]

Where is the Trump credit?

    

You may have seen that consumer confidence climbed to a 17–year high in October.  The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 125.9 in October from an upwardly revised 120.6 in September.  That’s the best reading since December of 2000. “Confidence remains high among consumers, and their expectations suggest the economy will continue […]

Think about King David when you think about Veterans Day Nov. 11

    

For almost 100 years it has been the practice of patriotic citizens of the United States to pause on the 11th day of November (originally) to honor the armistice which ended World War I. That ceremony was held in a railroad passenger car “on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.” […]

Jesus set the stage for our playground

    

The other day, my wife and I were walking into a toy store when she commented that Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted are about the right age for a swing set. At the sound of those two words, “swing set,” my mind took me to a fond place in the distant past. How […]

Sports

It’s Top 10 matchup for No. 5 OU vs. No. 8 TCU

    

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield came back for his senior season because he wanted to win a national championship. Mayfield and the Sooners took a big step toward that goal with a 62-52 Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater Saturday. But the No. 5 Sooners have no room for error in order the reach the […]

No. 12 OSU can’t afford a letdown vs. No. 24 ISU

 

Mason Rudolph passed for 448 yards and five touchdowns while Justice Hill rushed 30 times for 228 yards. Oklahoma State scored 38 points in the first half and 52 points total. The OSU defense got two interceptions and recovered one fumble. Those stats almost always point to a Cowboy victory. But it didn’t happen Saturday […]

TU falls to Memphis before off week

    

Memphis proved its No. 21 ranking is well deserved, as the Tigers dominated on offense and defense in a 41-14 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Friday night at H.A. Chapman Stadium. A crowd of 17,383, sat in the cold and wind, but many didn’t stay to the end. The Tigers scored first with 6:46 […]

Bedlam: Winner gets a leg up on a Big 12 title game

    

The eyes of the college football world will be focused in Stillwater as No. 8 Oklahoma battles No. 11 Oklahoma State in the annual in-state Bedlam game. OU and OSU are tied with TCU and Iowa in first place in the Big 12 Conference with 4-1 league records. OU and OSU are both 7-1 overall […]

Tough road for OU and OSU

 

Bedlam notes… Final schedules Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and TCU are all tied atop the Big 12 Conference standings with 4-1 league marks. Who has the easiest scheduling left? If you base that assumption on playing one of the top four teams, TCU and Iowa State appear to have the advantage. Iowa State has […]

Entertainment

Ageless Paul McCartney revisits the Beatles in OKC gig

    

OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul McCartney opened his concert here Monday night with a rousing performance of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. But the 75-year-old McCartney didn’t make it seem hard for him to captivate a nearly sold-out audience for almost three hours. And it wasn’t hard to enjoy this energy packed concert. McCartney, who […]

The Showboat Branson Belle concert cruise has all you want

    

BRANSON, Missouri – Fine food, fun, fantastic music and a relaxing concert cruise over Table Rock Lake are the hallmarks of the Showboat Branson Belle. You can hardly tell when the 700-passenger paddle-wheeler eases away from the dock. The excitement begins when the show starts. The Showboat Branson Belle adventure begins with a great meal […]

Sight & Sound in Branson spotlights the saga of Moses

    

BRANSON, Missouri – “Let My people go.” Throughout the history of the Hebrew nation, the story of how God delivered the Israelites from slavery into the Promised Land has been inspiration for Jews and Christians. That story is being brought to life daily here in the Sight & Sound Theatre’s spectacular musical production of Moses. […]