April 2016

Crowded Ballot: June 28 ballot will have federal, state, county, city primaries


Tulsans may vote for up to 10 city, county and federal races on a loaded primary ballot on June 28. Republicans and Democrats could see on their ballots – depending on where they vote – primary races for the U.S. Senate (Sen. James Lankford’s seat); U.S. House of Representatives (Rep. Jim Bridenstine and Rep. Markwayne […]

Libertarians and Independents


Five Libertarian candidates filed for races that will be on the ballot in Tulsa in November. Dax Ewbank of Guthrie is running against U.S. Sen. James Lankford and Democrats Mike Workman of Tulsa and Steve Perry of Oklahoma City. Libertarian Frank Grove is challenging State Sen. Gary Stanislawski in District 34. Democrat Thomas Ryan is […]

Judicial reform bill advances in the State Senate


The Oklahoma Senate approved a bill that would allow voters to change the way judges are nominated in the state of Oklahoma. House Bill 3162, authored by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman, places a state question on the ballot for November to allow voters to change the section of […]

Open carry amendment?


House Bill 3098 would let citizens openly carry firearms without a permit and House Joint Resolution 1009 would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to make it hard to restrict gun rights in the state. Groups are opposing the legislation, including the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, the State Chamber, the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City […]

Criminal justice reform


The Senate has given bipartisan approval to a slate of criminal justice reforms.  The four measures, which were proposed by Gov. Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma Justice Reform Committee, would still hold criminals accountable, but represent a different approach to dealing with nonviolent offenders that she claims will help reduce chronic prison overcrowding, reduce recidivism, and ultimately […]

Uninsured driver bill


Legislation approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives would authorize the use of automated license plate readers to flag uninsured motorists at a time when Oklahoma leads the nation in uninsured motorists on the road. One in four vehicles in Oklahoma does not have insurance, state Rep. Ken Walker said. Senate Bill 359, by Sen. […]

Doak to host meeting on rising earthquake insurance rates


Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has ordered a public hearing to investigate a rise in earthquake insurance rates. The May 24 hearing will include data gathered by the Oklahoma Insurance Department as well as comments from insurers and citizens. “This is a proactive move to protect consumers,” said Doak. “We’ve seen some rate increase […]

Owasso teacher wins AG award


Zena Lewis, sixth/seventh grade teacher at Owasso, has been named the 2016 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Runner Up. Lewis was honored at Ag Day on March 30 by Oklahoma AgCredit and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. The annual celebration of agriculture took place in the State capitol in […]

Prescription take back on April 30


A prescription drug take-back event is scheduled for citizens to properly dispose of unwanted medications and prescription drugs on April 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at three locations in Tulsa: 71st Street and Sheridan Road- Reasor’s parking lot 41st Street and Yale Avenue – Reasor’s parking lot 11th Street and Cincinnati Avenue– M.e.t. […]

Enid No. 11 city for business starts


Enid is the 11th best small city in the nation in which to start a business, according to a study by WalletHub.com. According to the Wallethub “2016’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business” report, Holland, Michigan is No. 1. Enid is the only Oklahoma city in the Top 20. To identify the most business-friendly […]