June 2015

Oklahoma supports Marine in fight for religious freedom


Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahoma has filed a brief supporting a Marine veteran’s religious freedom as she seeks a review of her case in the military court system. The states of Nevada, Arizona, South Carolina and West Virginia signed a letter to the court joining Oklahoma’s brief. The case of Monifa J. Sterling centers […]

Independence Day special July 2 in the Tulsa Beacon


The Tulsa Beacon will publish a special edition next week to celebrate America’s Independence Day. The July 4th section will include: The Declaration of Independence The Bill of Rights The U.S. Constitution Exerpts from state constitutions Quotes from America’s Founding Fathers Quotes from all 44 American presidents Limited extra copies of this special section will […]

Oklahoma’s drunk driving laws are ranked 13th toughest


A new WalletHub.com study shows Oklahoma ranks 13th in the nation in terms of tough laws against drunk driving. Which states have taken the toughest line to crack down on DUI? WalletHub compared the enforcement rules in all 50 states and D.C. to find out. Here are some of the rankings (1 = Strictest). Arizona […]

City of Tulsa sales tax collections continue to deteriorate


The City of Tulsa’s June sales tax check, which covers the period from mid-April 2015 to mid-May 2015, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,209,963, which is down 2.7 percent from the same period a year ago, but 2 percent above budget estimates. Sales taxes received so far this fiscal year total $234,955,646, […]

Scam poses as utility payment call


The City of Tulsa has received reports that individuals are posing as City of Tulsa utility employees by calling residents and businesses threatening to shut-off city water, sewer or stormwater service if a payment is not received over the phone. The City of Tulsa does make courtesy calls if accounts are past due, but will […]

Tulsa woman is charged with fraud


Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has charged a Tulsa County woman with  workers’ compensation fraud. Rixa Jeaton Miller, a former medical assistant at Rehabilitation Physicians of Oklahoma, allegedly claimed to have been exposed to radiation while assisting a physician with a medical procedure involving a fluoroscope. Miller claimed she was provided with an x-ray gown, […]

Mosquito problem big this summer


STILLWATER – Oklahoma received more rain this spring than it typically does in a year. While the moisture is welcome, it also brings with it a pesky pest most Oklahomans find annoying – mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in open water sources, so the best way to eliminate these pests is to get rid of their breeding […]

Heavy rains have affected turkeys


STILLWATER – The overwhelming amount of rain much of Oklahoma has seen over the past couple months has made it presence felt in the wildlife community. Both long-term and short-term impacts will be evident, said Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist. “In the short term it is filling wetlands which provides habitat […]

Some tips for summer airline travel


STILLWATER – For families that may not have a lot of experience with airline travel, here are helpful tips that could possibly cut down on some frustration, said David Davis, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension specialist. “Going on vacation is an exciting event for families, but sometimes air travel can be stressful, especially if you’re […]

Red Cross needs summer blood donations


The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer. Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood donors to be less available to give during the summer. However, hospital patients still depend on […]