September 2017

Criminals target the homeless as violence keeps rising


A rise in violence directed at homeless people – perhaps the most in decades – is creating a great deal of anxiety among the homeless, according to the Rev. Steve Whitaker, director of John 3:16 Mission. “There has been a lot of violence going on in and around and among the homeless,” Whitaker said in […]

BA’s Donna Gradel is Oklahoma Teacher of the Year


OKLAHOMA CITY – In a ceremony September 19 at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park, environmental science teacher Donna Gradel was named the Oklahoma 2018 Teacher of the Year. Gradel has taught at Broken Arrow Public Schools for 21 years. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said Gradel’s commitment to teaching has translated into positive […]

David Boren to retire in 2018


University of Oklahoma President David Boren, a former governor, member of the Oklahoma House and U.S. senator, announced last week that he will retire at the end of the spring semester in 2018. Boren, 76, became the 13th president of OU in 1994. No announcement was made concerning a replacement. Boren said he would officially […]

A flood of flooded cars may show up here in Oklahoma


Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak and Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter are urging consumers to be on the lookout for flood-damaged vehicles entering the Oklahoma market. Industry experts estimate that as many as a million vehicles were damaged in Hurricanes Irma (Florida) and Harvey (Texas). In some cases, an insurance adjuster determines a flooded […]

OSU/Stillwater has largest undergraduate enrollment ever


Oklahoma State University’s undergraduate enrollment on the Stillwater campus for Fall 2017 of 20,311 is the largest in university history.  The number includes 4,220 new freshmen, the second largest freshmen class in OSU history. OSU freshman facts: 65 percent from Oklahoma 28.8 percent have an ACT of 27 or higher 29.1 percent are minorities 16.9 […]

State fees will go up on October 1


Starting October 1, businesses in Oklahoma that are required to have a permit to operate, including restaurants, hotels, public pools and x-ray facilities, will have to pay higher fees. Initial fees for restaurants are now $425 while some categories – nonprofit, state run or health facilities – pay $175 initially. Initial fees for seasonal establishments […]

Grant for emergency food assistance


Nearly 30,000 families in eastern Oklahoma will continue to receive emergency food assistance thanks to new grant money. The Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma received a $48,000 grant through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to purchase 600,000 pounds of food. Catholic Charities seeks to provide a well-balanced, nutritional, short-term supply of food. Families and […]

Coalition honors Rep. Scott Biggs


The Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault recognized Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, for his efforts in the legislature advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Biggs, a former prosecutor, was presented with the 2017 “Champion of Victims” award by the organization for his outstanding legislative service on behalf of […]

AG Hunter sends letter to Equifax


Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter signed a letter, along with a coalition of 34 attorneys general, to Equifax citing several concerns and listing recommendations to better assist consumers. In the letter, attorneys general asked Equifax to address the concerns promptly to ensure victims of the breach are treated fairly and Equifax isn’t using the incident […]

State education plan goes to USDE


The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has submitted its comprehensive plan for public education to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for review and approval. The plan outlines OSDE’s 8-Year Strategic Plan to provide Oklahoma students with a competitive edge. As part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), all state education agencies […]