November 2017

Two Tulsa Public School Board seats up in 2018

 

Beginning December 4, candidates for area school boards can begin filing for office with the Tulsa County Election Board. In Tulsa, District 4 and District 7 seats will be up for grabs. The District 7 board member is Board President Suzanne Schrieber. She was elected in the South Tulsa district in 2014. She was a […]

Punitive lawmaker pay cut draws criticism

 

A decision to lower the salaries of state legislators surprised Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders. The Board on Legislative Compensation, in a move seen by many as punishment for lawmakers for not raising taxes, cut legislative pay by 8.8 percent, from $38,400 a year to $35,021. “I was surprised by the action of the […]

Committee is named to study wasteful spending

 

While the liberal media blames low taxation for the state’s budget shortfall, lawmakers are going to work on wasteful spending. Following revelations of apparent financial mismanagement at the Oklahoma Department of Health, House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall said he is empaneling a House Special Investigation Committee to begin conducting an investigation into the agency’s […]

Christmas show has Grady Nichols, Andy Chrisman, Kelly Ford

 

Tulsa-based Jazz Saxophonist Grady Nichols is headlining a Christmas concert featuring Andy Chrisman of 4Him and tenor Kelly Ford. With a string section, horns and a jazz choir, a total of 40 singers and musicians will be in the show. Nichols, Chrisman and Ford have released 20 CDs between them. Each has performed in concert […]

New OSU building handles growth

    

STILLWATER – People may not know Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks by name, but anyone who enjoys munching on a sandwich or baking a cake benefits from its important work. Now with the grand opening of a new 20,000-square-foot complex Nov. 18, OFSS is poised to continue its explosive growth. “The new complex is designed to […]

TU tops WalletHub college ranking

 

In study looking at almost a thousand colleges and universities, The University of Tulsa got the highest ranking among public and private schools in Oklahoma. In the WalletHub report, 2018’s Best College and University Rankings, Tulsa had the highest ranking among universities at No. 78. Here are the state university rankings: No. 78 – University […]

Unemployment falls in Oklahoma

 

The unemployment rate in Oklahoma fell very slightly in October from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent while the national unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent. According to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, in October Oklahoma had 1,835,540 in the labor force with 1,755,137 working and 80,403 unemployed. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma in October of […]

Pollard: GOP is OK despite losses

 

As Republicans in Oklahoma continue to lose special elections, State Republican Chairman Pam Pollard said the picture isn’t as bleak as being portrayed in the media. In an email to party members, Pollard pointed out: Democrats have won 67 percent of the special elections in the past six years. In State Senate races, Democrats have […]

Lawmakers ask whistleblowers to help stop misuse of funds

 

State Reps. Kevin Calvey, R-Oklahoma City; Bobby Cleveland, R – Slaughterville; and Tom Gann, R – Inola, invited whistleblowers among state employees and vendors to email them with tips about waste, fraud and misuse of funds in all state agencies. “Our many hardworking and diligent state employees and vendors are as concerned about wasteful state […]

Administrative costs targeted by Gov. Mary Fallin

 

Governor Mary Fallin issued two separate executive orders dealing with the administrative costs consolidation of college campuses and public school districts. A third order calls on agencies to stop spending state money on swag and unnecessary promotional items, which could save the state up to $58 million a year. Fallin, who called a special session […]