July 2017

Even with an $18,000,000.00 increase, DHS will cut programs for kids, adults

 

Despite getting an additional $18,000,000.00, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is cutting services in an effort to get $30,000,000.00 more in state funds in the next fiscal year. State Rep. Scott McEachin, R-Tulsa, said he was disgusted by a press release by the DHS because it made it look like the agency had been […]

State tax revenues reveal the economy is turning the corner

 

The financial picture for Oklahoma state government is turning the corner as evidenced by the June statement – the best report since 2014. State Treasurer Ken Miller reported that at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, Oklahoma is experiencing a six-month pattern of recovery. With recessions typically defined as two or more consecutive quarters […]

Teacher of the Year finalists include Tulsa area teachers

 

Three teachers from Broken Arrow, Jenks and Sand Springs are some of the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will announce the winner September 19 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The nominees in the Tulsa area are: Donna Gradel teaches science at Broken […]

STDs are rising in Tulsa and OKC

 

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases are rising in parts of Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department reports the highest concentration of reported STDs on the city’s east side. Cases of chlamydia in Oklahoma County are 70 percent higher than national averages. And officials think those cases are underreported. Chlamydia can […]

Speaker McCall approves 63 interim legislative studies

 

House Speaker Charles McCall approved dozens of interim studies requested by lawmakers and assigned them to House committees. Speaker McCall approved 63 interim studies after receiving 136 study requests from members. Thirty two requests were either withdrawn by the requester or unapproved and many others were combined. The approved studies will cover a range of […]

AG’s work on religious liberty praised

 

State Rep. Tim Downing praised Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter for his leadership for the state through several recent actions to protect state residents and their liberties. “Now more than ever we need strong leaders in Oklahoma who are decisive and willing to take action for the people,” said Downing, R-Purcell. “In recent days, AG […]

Motorcycle safety is a big concern

 

Statistically, July 8 is among the ten deadliest days of the year for motorcyclists, with five more “most dangerous” summer days still coming up: July 27, August 8, August 10, August 24 and August 27, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  AAA is calling for caution by motorcyclists and the vehicle drivers who […]

Nuisance calls cause major problems

 

With 89 percent of people in Oklahoma receiving between 5 and 30 nuisance calls per week, telephone scams are still causing major problems for consumers. The issue has become so widespread that almost a fifth of Oklahoma adults admit they have been a victim of a telephone scam. The YouGov survey commissioned by CPR Call […]

OSBI audit is called a good idea

 

State Rep. Bobby Cleveland agrees with a request by  Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) Director Stan Florence for an agency performance audit by the State Auditor and Inspector. “I’m relieved to hear Director Florence asked State Auditor Gary Jones for help in this area,” said Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. “It’s clear he wants to improve his […]

Arrest made in Air Force bombing case

 

Federal authorities have arrested a Tulsa man in connection with the detonation of a pipe bomb at a closed Air Force recruitment office in Bixby last week. Benjamin Don Roden was arrested and authorities found two pipe bombs and other explosive materials in his South Tulsa apartment. There has been no evidence that others were […]