May 2015

Tulsa third graders fail in reading test


Preliminary results from this school year’s third-grade Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test (OCCT) reading test show that almost one third of Tulsa Public School students can’t read well enough to match fourth grade levels. In Tulsa, 3,660 third-grade students were tested this year and 1,114 students – about 30 percent – scored “unsatisfactory.” Last year, preliminary […]

DA recuses, Pruitt names replacement


Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has asked the state Attorney General to appoint another prosecutor to coordinate any investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and any potential grand jury “in order to protect the integrity of the investigative process.” On April 2, Tulsa County Sheriff  Reserve Deputy Robert Bates shot and killed Eric […]

GOP candidates spoke last week at the SRLC in OKC


President Obama is doing a lousy job of protecting America and should be replaced – but not by Hillary Clinton. That was one of the strong themes from a host of Republican candidates (or almost candidates) at last weekend’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisconsin, said he would announce his […]

New state budget is lower by 1 percent


Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman agreed on a new state budget for fiscal year 2016 for $7,138,920,521, which is $74,300,000.00 (1 percent) less than this year. They agreed on the budget for common education – in light of a $611 million budget shortfall for this fiscal […]

$25,000,000.00 for OKC museum


The Oklahoma Senate gave final legislative approval to a plan to complete the over-budget American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. Tulsa area legislators who voted for borrowing $25,000,000.00 to finish a museum that would be donated to Oklahoma City include: Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso; Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa; Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa; […]

Fallin signs wind energy reforms


Governor Mary Fallin today signed two measures aimed at reforming tax incentives and credits currently available to the Oklahoma wind energy industry. Senate Bill 498 phases out the current property tax exemption for wind facilities. SB 502 makes wind facilities ineligible for a job creation tax credit currently offered by the state. A zero emissions […]

Blue Bell strikes a cleanup deal with health departments


Blue Bell Creameries, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry have entered into voluntary agreements outlining a series of steps and actions Blue Bell will take as part of its efforts to bring Blue Bell Ice Cream products back to market. Blue Bell has recalled some […]

Rhema fireworks will be on June 28


Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow will present Rockets Over Rhema on June 28. The schedule includes a patriotic musical, Christian bands and a fireworks display. Admission is free. Last year, more than 60,000 people attended. At 5 p.m., the musical Liberty High will be presented in the Rhema auditorium. The original production follows a […]

Planning needed for landscaping


STILLWATER – A beautiful landscape takes more than simply digging a few holes, sticking in several plants and turning on the sprinkler every now and then. Before you visit the local nursery or plant store, take a good look around your landscape. David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, said homeowners should consider […]

Asian-American Festival on June 6


The Tulsa City-County Library will present the 13th annual Asian-American Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 6 at the Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Road. The cultures of Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries in Asia are part of the festival. Admission to the festival is […]