News

Electricity is restored, clean up begins

 

By Sunday, electric power had been restored to an estimated 100,000 homes in Tulsa following a violent summer storm last Thursday. The last areas to be without power were OG&E customers in areas around Glenpool and Sapulpa. The high winds produced an enormous amount of debris and city officials are analyzing much of South Tulsa […]

State revenues continue to tumble

 

State tax revenues continue to fall and Oklahoma is now officially in a recession, said State Treasurer Ken Miller. “The latest GDP data show Oklahoma entered a recession starting in spring of last year. We will get new data late this month to show whether the recession continued into first quarter of this year; however, […]

State Land Office gives record amount to public schools

 

The Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) announced it made a record distribution to Oklahoma’s public schools during the 2016 fiscal year, which ended June 30. K-12 public schools received a total of $102,200,000.00, which surpasses the 2015 fiscal year total by $5 million. That set an all-time annual high for the CLO. Higher education […]

Planned Parenthood cuts restored

 

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has reversed a decision and will fund Planned Parenthood clinics in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Health Care Authority attorney Nicole Nantois said the two Planned Parenthood affiliates have signed conditional one-year provider agreements with the state. Gov. Mary Fallin had urged cancellation of the contracts after discovery of a high […]

Red Cross needs blood donations

 

Earlier this month, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply. Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as […]

Weather

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday 07/2640%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms this morning, then cloudy skies this afternoon. High 89F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
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Wednesday 07/2780%
Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms likely in the morning. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High near 90F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Thursday 07/2840%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 92F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 07/2920%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds light and variable.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Saturday 07/3060%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High around 90F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Opinion

Editorial: Raises for TPS administrators?

 

Tulsa Public Schools is clearly demonstrating what is wrong with common education financing in Oklahoma. Faced with a $1.3 billion budget shortfall, Republicans in the Legislature crafted a budget that spared cuts to common education but took money from almost every other state agency, including higher education. The cries of TPS officials were trumpeted by […]

Editorial: Religious restraint in California

 

Religious freedom is under assault in America and activist judges are leading the charge. The Wall Street Journal reported that two homosexual men in California sued the owners of ChristianMingle.com because the Christian dating website refused to let them register in their search for male lovers. The homosexual plaintiffs claimed it was discrimination because homosexuality […]

Editorial: ISIS and its human slave trade

 

After an Islamic terrorist went on a rampage at a homosexual bar in Orlando, Muslims rushed to embrace their “homosexual brethren.” The marriage of homosexuality and Islam is an amazing social interaction. The Islamic State (ISIS) is opening advertising its disdain for Christian morality and common decency. In an ad for kittens for sale, ISIS […]

Editorial: Vote for McCloud in District 67

 

The Oklahoma House has many conservative Christian legislators who work tirelessly to keep the state headed in the right direction. Tom McCloud would be a great addition to that group. McCloud is in a runoff election on August 25 against fellow Republican, attorney Scott McEachin. For more than 15 years, McCloud has published Community Spirit […]

Editorial: Nonpartisanship helps Democrats

 

A survey of the precincts in the June 28 city primary shows that Mayor-elect G.T. Bynum won most of the districts with heavy Democrat registration. That’s not surprising considering his liberal stance on social issues and his backing from liberal former mayors and moderates. Mayor Dewey Bartlett was all for the change to “nonpartisan” municipal […]

Columns

Alexander Graham Bell Junior High School had great teachers

    

Some of the greatest influences in my early life were teachers I had at Alexander Graham Bell Junior High School I the late 1960s. I lost my Mom when I was five years old and Dad was left with five young sons to raise by himself. Our family was part of Tulsa Bible Church and […]

Atheists criticize columns on America’s Christian heritage

    

The last two week’s articles have been about how the United States was formed as a Christian nation. I received two e-mails from readers disagreeing with me. What is interesting is that I have ran these two articles at least twice before over the past several years, and received no reaction at all. This does […]

The GOP’s True Problems

    

The Sunday New York Times carried two very informative political articles. The first was written by Jackie Calmes, entitled, “Paul Ryan’s Worst Ally.” The article begins by questioning, how could Mr. Ryan, for years his party’s self-styled ideas guy, share power with a President Trump whose ill-formed, often baffling ideas are – in significant cases […]

Media reports criticizing energy seem to be fueling demonstrations

    

It continues to irritate me how the national (and some local) media insists on giving major exposure to various and sundry groups demonstrating against this or that energy project. Usually, the actual numbers of people involved is rather small, but they are given wide coverage in both electronic and print media while those in favor […]

Spend time for relationships and God

    

Time is a beast that will either chase you toward or away from the better things. When I was young, television was just coming into its own. I spent the early part of my life listening to radio. To this day, I would rather listen to the radio than watch television. With the radio you […]

Sports

K-State’s Snyder will look to upset OU after lopsided loss

 

Bill Snyder of Kansas State and Bob Stoops of Oklahoma are two of the most successful football coaches in the Big 12 Conference, if not the nation. In 1989, Snyder became head coach of a Kansas State team that had lost 27 games in a row and was one of the worst programs in the […]

Will off-field problems affect Baylor?

 

Problems off the field could have more of a detrimental effect on the Baylor Bears this season than what happens on the field. Baylor, a team that has won 50 games in the last five years, has a lot of obstacles to overcome. Coach Art Briles, one of Baylor’s most successful coaches ever, was fired […]

Can the new Iowa State Coach Campbell win?

 

The big question for Matt Campbell, new coach at Iowa State, is can the Cyclones win games in the tough Big 12 Conference. “Two years ago after we played the Cyclones in Ames, I called my wife (Erica) and said you simply would not believe this place,” Campbell said. “Their fans, the game-day environment and […]

Second year coach sees improvement in Kansas football

 

Kansas coach David Beaty hopes learning process from his first to second season will translate into wins in the tough Big 12 Conference this season. The Jayhawks were 0-12 last year and have nowhere to go but up. The Jayhawks lost to Oklahoma State 10-58 last year and 7-62 to Big 12 champs Oklahoma. Baylor […]

Rough year for the Roughnecks

 

To say it’s been a rough season for the Tulsa Roughnecks FC might sound a bit trite, but it’s true. There was much hope coming into the team’s sophomore season in the United Soccer League, but injuries have hampered the Roughnecks’ performance on the field. Although the Roughnecks won their home opener on March 26, […]

Entertainment

Expanded attractions await visitors to Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City has never lacked for rides, entertainment and culture. Now it has even more. Families have no worries here about the wholesome nature of Silver Dollar City – and the great fun during the Star Spangled Summer of 2015. This year, Silver Dollar City opened Fireman’s Landing, an $8 million […]

SIX is an energetic show that reaches across generations

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Nobody falls asleep when Six is on stage. The six Knudsen brothers’ show is nearly two hours of incredible singing, infectious comedy and pure energy. But no musical instruments. You have to see this show to believe it. Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis Knudsen sing, dance, make funny comments and […]

Jim Stafford returns to Branson to celebrate his twenty-fifth season

    

BRANSON, Mo. – It took Jim Stafford 26 years to get in 25 years of entertaining in Branson. After a one-year hiatus in 2014, the affable singer/song writer/guitarist/comedian is back on stage in the heart of the Branson entertainment district. And his long-time fans are really glad. Stafford has consistently been one of the most […]