July 2017

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 Thirty two requests were either withdrawn by the requester or unapproved and many others were combined.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 […]

Criminal justice reform legislation


Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall announced the format for studying the remaining criminal justice reform bills from this session during the interim. McCall approved several interim study requests on criminal justice reform issues and assigned those requests to the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety, chaired by State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw. State […]

Playwright Andrew Carroll in Grove


GROVE – Author, editor and playwright Andrew Carroll’s play If All the Sky Were Paper will be staged at the Grove Playmakers Theater Sept. 15-30. The play, which began touring the United States in August 2013, is based on Carroll’s search for the most extraordinary war letters ever written and is part of Carroll’s “The […]