October 2017

Baptist Collegiate Ministry plans new OU student facility

 

A new chapter in the decades-old Baptist Collegiate Ministry at The University of Oklahoma will begin next fall with the expected completed of a new on-campus building. It is a ministry with a legacy that has touched thousands of lives. The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention states there are more missionaries serving from […]

Resignation, accusations and death create 8 legislative openings in 2017

 

Eight Oklahoma legislators have left office since January due to resignation, scandal and death. The late Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, passed away in April. Some lawmakers have left to pursue other employment while some were forced to resign due to criminal accusations. Four special elections have been held in those four districts, with Democrats […]

Dahm named top legislator

 

Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, was named “senate legislator of the year” by the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee, a conservative think tank based in Oklahoma City. Dahm scored a perfect 100 on the Conservative Index, a rating system from the Oklahoma Constitution, a conservative quarterly newspaper. According to OCPAC, “Beyond simply voting the principled […]

Tobacco companies ordered to tell the truth about smoking

 

Despite a decade-long delay in implementing the 2006 ruling that major tobacco companies must correct fraudulent statements about the harm done by their products, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) states that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Phillip Morris USA, Lorillard and Altria have now been ordered to publish“corrective statement” advertisements next month and tell the […]

$21m grant is for public education

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been awarded one of the largest grants in the agency’s history, a $21 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to boost literacy in children from birth through 12th grade. The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) program will serve approximately 42,000 children across the state […]

County seeks to improve transparency

 

Tulsa County Clerk Michael Willis announced the launch of a new transparency initiative powered by OpenGov, a cloud-based platform that helps increase government accountability and improve access to important public information. The new site allows residents to track government spending and also make it easier for public officials to share complex financial and performance data […]

Kevin Stitt is running for governor

 

Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt officially entered the 2018 race for governor this month with a promise to bring an outsider’s perspective and new energy to state government. Stitt said he will tackle Oklahoma’s problems head on. Stitt, first-time candidate and pro-life advocate, is the founder and CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group (GMG). “Over the last […]

OSU veterans appreciation dinner

 

Vietnam era veterans are being invited to serve as guests of honor at the annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner set for Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom at OSU in Stillwater. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 1, but attendance will be capped at 200. “Again this year, we’re glad to have […]

Hunter signs letter to credit agencies

 

Attorney General Mike Hunter has signed a letter with a coalition of 37 attorneys general urging credit reporting agencies Experian and TransUnion to stop charging fees to consumers looking to freeze their credit after the Equifax data breach. The letter asks the companies to stop charging fees because consumers must pay the agency to both […]

Religious liberty rules

 

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is applauding the Trump administration’s plans to restore religious liberties and strengthen the First Amendment with new rules to limit the mandate that requires employers to provide insurance coverage for birth control despite their religious beliefs. “I commend President Trump for keeping his promise to Americans to protect our […]