December 2017

Federal Waste: $2.6m for chimpanzee care

 

Senator James Lankford’s report entitled, “Federal Fumbles: 100 ways the government dropped the ball,” lists $473.6 billion in wasteful and inefficient federal spending. The current federal debt is $20.49 trillion. The one-year deficit for Fiscal Year 2017 was $666 billion. “The outrageous federal deficit remains too high,” Lankford said. “Unfortunately, Washington, D.C., seems to be […]

Sales Tax Overview Committee is satisfied with progress

 

Tulsa’s Sales Tax Overview Committee is satisfied that city officials are finishing projects that have been financed by selling bonds to be repaid by increased sales tax. In a report, the committee states that “projects have either been completed as promised, are in the process of being completed or are awaiting the availability of funds […]

New age limit law helps firefighters

 

Almost 200 new volunteer firefighters have joined rural fire departments two years after successful legislation eliminated the age limit for new volunteers. House Bill 2005, authored by Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. AJ Griffin, took effect Nov. 1, 2015. The law eliminated the 45-year-old age limit for new firefighters by giving them the ability to […]

Hiring event will assist veterans

 

Oklahoma Military Connection will host a hiring event for veterans, transitioning military, Guard and Reserve, and family members on December 14 from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at 4000 Thunderbird St., Norman. Employers and career seekers interested in attending this free event should register at www.okmilitaryconnection.com as early as […]

Winter weather can be hard on pets

    

STILLWATER – For those pet owners whose pets spend a good deal of time romping in the back yard or passing the time in a patch of sunshine on the deck, the arrival of winter may be a rude awakening for those furry friends. Although Oklahoma has not experienced a deep freeze just yet, it […]

No Tulsa Beacon on December 28

 

The Tulsa Beacon publishes 51 weeks a year and will not publish on Thursday, December 28. The December 21st issue of the Tulsa Beacon will have extra comics, puzzles, syndicated columns, movie reviews, news and sports.  After December 21, the next issue will be January 4, 2018. The Beacon office will be closed from December […]

Marijuana legalization vote pushed

 

Advocates of the legalization of marijuana for medical reasons are pushing Gov. Mary Fallin for a date for a statewide vote on the legal change. They want a vote on State Question 788 in June of 2018 to coincide with the gubernatorial primary. An alternative date would be in the November general election of 2018. […]

ODOC asks for $1,530,000,000.00

 

Even in light of a possible budget shortfall for the next fiscal year, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is asking for $1,530,000,000.00 – about one-fourth of the state budget. That’s a billion dollars more than last year’s budget. That request includes $813,000,000.00 to build two medium-security prisons. It also includes more money for mental health […]

Immigrants impact Tulsa economy

 

Tulsa has a lot of immigrants – legal and illegal – and they have an impact on the city’s economy, according to a report in New American Economy. The report states that immigrants represent 6.7 percent of the population and accounted for 27.9 percent of overall population growth in the Tulsa area between 2010 and […]

Two flu deaths recorded in Oklahoma

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced the first two deaths caused by the flu in the state. Both deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65. There have been 105 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported statewide as of December 1. The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of […]