November 2017

New laws started on Nov. 1


A host of new state laws took effect November 1, including laws about gun permits, cell phones, alcohol sales, child abuse, tanning beds and driving too long in the left-lane of a highway. Here are a few of the new laws passed in the 2017 session of the Oklahoma Legislature. House Bills HB 1324 — […]

Lawmakers: cut waste instead of raising taxes


State Reps. Tom Gann, R-Inola, and Rick West, R-Heavener, are calling on Governor Mary Fallin’s administration to abandon its drive for tax increases and to instead return their focus to eliminating the many costly inefficiencies in state government. The representatives said they are alarmed at the findings of last week’s legislative hearing by the House […]

State needs to reform purchasing policies


State Rep. Rick West hosted an interim study on Oklahoma’s Central Purchasing Act during a House Government Modernization Committee meeting. The study included presentations from three state agency representatives who claim mandatory state contracts force agencies to purchase items at a higher cost than what they could pay locally. “I first learned about central purchasing […]

Nurse faces accusations


Attorney General Mike Hunter has charged a certified nurse aide with four counts of financial exploitation by a caretaker and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses. An investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit discovered Tracy Borman, 41, of Mannford, allegedly used an elderly resident’s debit card to withdraw […]

Rep. Scott Biggs resigns


Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, has resigned from the House to take on a new job. He’s serving as the USDA Executive Director for Farm Services in Oklahoma. The resignation is effective immediately. Biggs was the chairman of the House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee.  He also sponsored the vehicle for voters to decide if they […]

Tulsa prepares for cold weather problems with city streets


As winter approaches, officials from the City of Tulsa Streets and Stormwater Department, Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service described winter weather preparedness. The City of Tulsa is responsible for clearing snow and ice from certain segments of the Tulsa expressway system and all arterial (main) streets. Other expressway segments in […]

Acorns are important to Oklahoma


STILLWATER – This time of year even a blind squirrel can find an acorn. That is because the ground is littered with them, but they might not be just lying around much longer. An important annual event is currently taking place throughout the forests of Oklahoma. The seed of the oak, which are called acorns, […]

Federal food programs are growing


Child and adult care institutions across the state are taking part in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides meals to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans each year. During the last program year – October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 – over 900,000 children and adults were served in Oklahoma through […]

‘Pinta’ and ‘Nina’ head to Muskogee


On November 22, the “Pinta” and the “Nina” –  replicas of Columbus’ ships, will open in Muskogee.  The ships will be docked at Port Authority of Muskogee, 5201 Three Forks Road, until their departure December 4. The “Nina” was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship […]

State health commissioner resigns


The Board of Health (Board) met in October and accepted the resignation of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Commissioner, Terry Cline, Ph.D., effective immediately. Cline has served as the OSDH Commissioner since June 2009. The board appointed Oklahoma Director and Secretary of Finance, Preston Doerflinger, as Interim OSDH Commissioner. Doerflinger has assumed his […]