July 2017

Home games for state fans


College football fans who like home games will have three choices on November 25 as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa all play at home two days after Thanksgiving. Actually, on September 2, OU will be at home and OSU will be at home playing Tulsa. On the other hand, none of those three football teams […]

Ageless Paul McCartney revisits the Beatles in OKC gig


OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul McCartney opened his concert here Monday night with a rousing performance of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. But the 75-year-old McCartney didn’t make it seem hard for him to captivate a nearly sold-out audience for almost three hours. And it wasn’t hard to enjoy this energy packed concert. McCartney, who […]

Tulsa purchases 450 body cameras for officers


The Tulsa Police Department has ordered 450 body-worn cameras for all officers who work in the field. Over the past several months, 40 Tulsa police officers have field-tested the body-worn camera system throughout the city. TPD officials say they have found the camera system to be beneficial as the body-worn cameras not only provide transparency, […]

AG Hunter files suit vs. opioid firms


Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a lawsuit in Cleveland County against four of the nation’s leading manufacturers of opioid pain medication, claiming the effects of deceptive marketing campaigns over the last decade have fueled the state’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuit states the four manufacturers worked with third parties, including those with influence in the […]

ECU reconsiders a request to remove Christian symbols


East Central University in Ada has withdrawn its efforts to remove Christian symbols from the historic Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel. The action was initially in response to a recent letter from an atheist group, the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State to the state university. “We moved too quickly,” said […]

Ritze applauds Supreme Court vote


Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a Missouri church and Christian school that applied for a public grant program that recycled shredded tires to use as padding on outdoor playgrounds. The U.S. Supreme Court overruled a decision by the Missouri State Supreme Court that used the Missouri Constitution’s Blaine […]

Liberalized drug laws now in effect


The changes to Oklahoma’s sentencing laws made by the passage last November of State Questions 780 and 781 went into effect on July 1 and the House of Representatives will hold a series of interim studies during the next several months to continue working on additional criminal justice reform efforts. Representatives Scott Biggs and Tim […]

New OPA president is Brian Blansett


Brian Blansett was elected as president of the Oklahoma Press Association on June 9 during the OPA Convention in Oklahoma City. Blansett, publisher of the Tri-County Herald in Meeker, will serve a one-year term, beginning July 1. He succeeds Dayva Spitzer, co-publisher of The Sayre Record & Beckham County Democrat, who will serve a one-year […]

DA group to honor state legislators


The Oklahoma District Attorneys Association has selected a number of Oklahoma legislators to recognize for outstanding accomplishment in the area of criminal justice during the recently ended legislative session. The legislators to be honored this year are: Senator Lonnie Paxton, District 23 Senator AJ Griffin, District 20 Representative Scott Biggs, District 51 Representative Mike Sanders, […]

Trent Shores is nominated as DA


U.S Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, applauded President Trump’s nomination of R. Trent Shores to be U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. The U.S. attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer within his federal judicial district. “Trent Shores has proven himself to be both fair and consistent in […]