Judge overturns abortion law


Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia G. Parrish disagrees with restrictions on abortion and has ruled a law that was passed by the Oklahoma House and Senate and signed by the governor  is “unconstitutional.” House Bill 2684, authored by Dr. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, and Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, modified definitions of abortion-inducing drugs. In 2014, […]

Swimmer dies of PAM


The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced that a Carter County adult has died due to Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) after recently swimming in Lake Murray. PAM is an extremely rare and usually deadly disease caused by infection with a single-celled organism (amoeba), Naegleria fowleri. These disease-causing organisms are naturally present in most lakes, ponds, […]

Lankford’s bill for defunding Planned Parenthood fails


Senators James Lankford, R-Oklahoma; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, introduced a new bill to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect its taxpayer funding to other entities that provide women’s health care services, including community health centers. Lankford, Ernst and Paul led a working group for this bill (S.1881), which had support from Sen. Jim […]

Area lawmakers rate high on OCPA bills


Tulsa area Republicans scored well on votes on 22 bills designed to gauge economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited government and federalism. Rep. David Brumbaugh, R-Broken Arrow, led the way with a perfect 100 percent score from OCPA Impact, a lobbying branch of the conservative think tank, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. In the […]

Oklahoma officials criticize Obama ‘Clean Power Plan’


Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the final version of the Clean Power Plan announced by the Administration is unlawful because the EPA does not have the legal authority under the Clean Air to regulate carbon emissions from the electricity generating plants covered by the final rule. “The president could announce the most ‘state friendly’ […]

Opting out of EMSA’s monthly plan


The period to enroll or opt-out of EMSAcare ambulance and emergency services began in August. Citizens who don’t take action to opt out will be automatically enrolled and unable to opt out for another full year. The fee for the service is $5.45 a month, which is $65.40 a year. EMSAcare is offered through the […]

AG Pruitt charges woman for fraud


Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced charges against a Texas woman for fraudulently billing the state’s Medicaid program for services that were never provided. Melody Lewis, 37, of Dallas, worked as a behavioral health rehabilitation specialist providing therapy sessions through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Between October 2011 and September 2014, […]

Area schools beginning fall semester


Some schools – public and private – have started fall classes this week and most schools will start in August. Augustine Christian Academy, Catoosa Public Schools, Metro Christian Academy, Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, Skiatook Public Schools, Lincoln Christian School, Wright Christian Academy, Owasso Public Schools, Collinsville Public Schools and Sperry Public Schools began […]

Work underway for Fire Museum


The Tulsa Fire Alarm Building at 1010 E 8th St. is set to become the Tulsa Fire Museum. “It will convey the pride, the dedication and the tradition that is the Tulsa Fire Department” said Debbie Bailey with the TFD Museum Board. Tulsa firefighters began a fund raising campaign in January to purchase the Fire […]

Catherine White to speak at OK2A


Catherine White, president of the Muskogee Townhall, will present a Power Point presentation at the monthly meeting of OK2A Freedom Fellowship August 20. White’s power point presentation is on the One World Government’s efforts driving political and governmental agendas nationwide and globally.  Her presentation is entitled, “Connecting the Dots: Understanding the Signs of the Times […]