August 2016

Liberalized liquor laws could test drunk driving enforcement: If approved, the amendment would raise the accessibility of cold alcohol


Refrigerated hard beer and wine will be available in Oklahoma should voters approve State Question 792 on November 8 and that raises the issue of how the state deals with drunk driving. The constitutional amendment to liberalize liquor laws is being promoted by groceries and convenience stores, including QuikTrip and Reasor’s, plus the Tulsa Chamber. […]

Federal judge throws out Obama’s mandates on transgender bathrooms


On Sunday, a federal court issued a nationwide injunction on the Obama administration’s significant guidance order that seeks to redefine the Title IX definition of sex as “gender identity.” Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a part of a 13-state coalition challenging the lawfulness of the president’s order. “This injunction is the first step to […]

Tulsa Fire Department analysis comes in light of increase funding


An analysis of the Tulsa Fire Department made a series of recommendations, including cutbacks in staffing single-home house fires. A major emphasis of the study is first response Emergency Medical Service EMS. More than two-thirds of calls for Fire dispatch are medical related. To address current staffing shortages, 27 cadets will be funded by the […]

Ben Carson to speak at College of the Ozarks symposium


College of the Ozarks, in conjunction with Pensmore Foundation and American Family Association, will host The Pensmore National Symposium on Religious Liberty on its campus Oct. 7, 2016. Guest speakers will include Dr. Benjamin Carson, neurosurgeon and former U.S. Republican presidential candidate; U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R Texas); Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty […]

Former insurance agent sentenced


A former insurance agent has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for fraud. Gary Edward Hibbing, 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. “He took advantage of his clients’ trust,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “While cases like this are rare, my office will […]

Conference to help repeat offenders


Tulsa will host the 3rd Annual David L. Moss Community Connection Committee Conference from 5-9 p.m. September 15 at God’s Shining Light, 9897 E. 11th Street. The event is a networking opportunity for community leaders that connects them with resources in the area. The goal of the conference to reduce repeat offenders in Tulsa County […]

New law targets teen motorcyclists


A new state law that goes into effect Aug. 26 requires motorists younger than 18 who apply for a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license, to complete a certified motorcycle safety basic rider course. Rep. Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita – himself a motorcycle rider “for more than 50 years” – was the principal author of House […]

Exposure to head lice increases as fall school term begins


As the school year gets underway and Oklahoma students are reunited with old friends while making new ones, an unintended consequence could be increased risk of exposure to head lice. “In general, when your child goes back to school, they could have a risk of being exposed to lice because you have kids from different […]

Unsecured loads present a problem


As Americans have been hitting the road in record numbers this summer, it has been hard to miss some vehicles loaded down with bikes, luggage, kayaks, trailers and more. Unfortunately, according to a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, American drivers are not properly securing their loads on the road, leading to more than […]

Guard aids Tulsa Fire Department


Members of the Oklahoma Military Department (OMD) assigned to the 138th Mission Support Group at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base were called to provide assistance to the Tulsa Fire Department (TFD) August 10. A tanker truck was dispatched to resupply water to the TFD’s fire engines. Firefighters from OMD, Capt. Bill Schultz and Firefighter […]