September 2016

Family Research Council Values Bus stops at ORU


The Family Research Council Action Values Bus is driving coast to coast to encourage and equip voters to vote their values on November 8. Launched by FRC Action and Concerned Women for America, the Values Bus Tour helps inform citizens in key states and communities across America. The Values Bus will cover over 20 states […]

Defenders of Liberty winners announced


Tulsa Beacon columnist Randy Bright was given the Thomas Paine Award Saturday night as part of the 2016 Defenders of Liberty Grassroots Activism Awards. Bill Bickerstaff, the husband of Tulsa Beacon proof editor Cathy Bickerstaff was given the James Madison Award. Here is a list of the award winners of the fourth annual event, which […]

AG Pruitt joins 20 states against new overtime changes


Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Oklahoma along with 20 other states filed a complaint in federal court challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. If implemented, the new rule (without congressional approval) will more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers. The impact for businesses and state […]

Trade deal with South Korea


On September 8, Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with officials from the South Korean province of South Gyeongsang. The signing took place in Changwon, South Korea, with a small delegation, including a representative from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce joining Secretary Benge. The agreement is the result of […]

Bridenstine promotes weather enhancement program


U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, along with U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, congratulated Spire, Inc., a private sector weather company, on earning the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration first contract […]

Fallin appoints Civil Appeals judge


Governor Mary Fallin has selected Judge Barbara Swinton, of Oklahoma City, to fill the vacancy on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. Swinton is replacing Judge Bill Hetherington, who retired Sept. 2 from District Four, Office One. Since 2002, Swinton has served as district court judge for the 7th Judicial District. She served as a […]

Consider buying an earthquake policy


STILLWATER – As earthquakes become increasingly common in Oklahoma, it is worthwhile for residents to consider purchasing insurance to protect their property as the ground shakes and rolls underfoot. “With the number of earthquakes continuing to climb in the state, Oklahomans may think about exploring coverage, if they haven’t already done so,” said Cindy Clampet, […]

Rising vehicle burglaries in Tulsa


The Tulsa Police Department continues to investigate a high number of vehicle burglaries. As the holiday season approaches, the department would like to remind citizens that many of these burglaries are crimes of opportunity. In several recent vehicle burglaries, the suspects have gained entry by opening unlocked doors when they see valuables in plain sight. […]

Another movie filming in Oklahoma


Chasing Sunsets, L.L.C., a northwest Arkansas-based production company, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office announced the feature film, The Mustanger and The Lady, has started principal photography in Oklahoma. Inspired by the 150th novel by western writer Dusty Richards, executive producers, Amber N. Lindley and Kenn Woodard, brought this project to the […]

Americans keep driving their cars


American drivers spend an average of 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The research finds that more than 87.5 percent of Americans aged 16 years and older reported driving in the past year. During this time, drivers travelled nearly 10,900 miles on […]