February 2018

Oklahoma State dominates Kansas on their home court

 

Oklahoma State proved that No. 7 Kansas is not unbeatable as the Cowboys upset the Jayhawks 84-79. This was the first Cowboy win in Allen Fieldhouse since 2013. The OSU record at Kansas is 12-61. Kendall Smith pumped in 24 points for the Cowboys and his free throws in the final seconds sealed the deal. […]

Etou leads Tulsa over South Florida

 

Tulsa’s Junior Etou got his sixth double-double of the season and fifth during American Athletic Conference play with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Tulsa to a 63-54 win at USF on Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Florida. Etou was joined in double-figures by DaQuan Jeffries, who came off the bench for 16 points and […]

Poor shooting dooms Sooners at UT

 

Freshman sensation Trae Young had a rare bad night shooting and the Sooners were edged by Texas, 79-74, Saturday in Austin. Oklahoma had a chance to pull into a first-place tie with Texas Tech and Kansas with a win but failed to do so. Young made only two three-point shots. He leads the nation in […]

ORU’s offense stalls in road defeat

 

The Oral Roberts men’s basketball team’s offense stalled Saturday as the Golden Eagles fell 82-56 on the road at Western Illinois. ORU finished with just one player in double figures as Sam Kearns scored 12 points. Javan White grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. “They played a lot of one-on-one basketball and we weren’t able to […]

Millions at stake in February 13 votes: $128,600,000.00 in Union District

 

Various municipal and public school elections – some dealing with hundreds of millions of dollars – will be on the ballot February 13. The odd scheduling of these annual election almost always guarantees low turnouts even though the results have a great impact on how schools and cities conduct government business. And the votes can […]

Fallin: raise taxes on gas, cigarettes

 

When the Legislature goes into session, Gov. Mary Fallin will repeat her insistence that lawmakers pass massive and permanent tax increases. The governor’s amended call asks lawmakers to pass: The tax on cigarettes, and little cigars by $1.50 per pack, and an additional 10 percent on chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes; Increasing the oil and gas […]

Bill: joint ticket, agency control

 

State Representative Mark Lepak, R-Claremore, has filed four measures for the upcoming legislative session designed to give more responsibility to the governor over the executive branch, reducing the number of statewide elected officials and creating a “joint ticket” for the governor and lieutenant governor on the ballot. House Bills 3208 and 3209 would consolidate authority […]

STEM expansion legislation

 

Sen. Ron Sharp has filed Senate Bill 880 to further advance STEM education by moving oversight of the STEM Region/Community application subcommittee from the Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education in Oklahoma (CASMEO) to the Department of Career and Technology Education. “The purpose of STEM education is to prepare students for future […]

Bill on state teacher recruitment

 

State Senator Micheal Bergstrom filed two bills last week aimed at helping to recruit and retain teachers in Oklahoma schools. Senate Bill 1188 would allow a certified classroom teacher to earn a tuition waiver worth 12 credit hours of resident tuition each year the teacher is employed by an Oklahoma public school district to be […]

Tax breaks for wind and solar?

 

State Rep. Bobby Cleveland introduced legislation halting tax incentives for renewable resources, such as wind and solar power. House Bill 2908 repeals Senate Bill 440, which was signed into law in 2001. At the time, SB 440 allowed zero-emission energy facilities to collect tax credits beginning in Tax Year 2002. “It’s time we do away […]