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State black bear population on the rise

 

State wildlife officials say black bears have become a common sight in parts of Eastern Oklahoma in recent years, a good indicator that the species is expanding its habitat range westward. In recent years, black bears have been seen in places where no record of sightings exist in modern times. Sightings have been reported near […]

Oklahoma got a lot of much-needed rain in a soggy June

 

June was a wet month in Oklahoma, according to Gary McManus,  associate climatologist for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. “Mother Nature turned off the spigot and cranked up the heat during the first 10 days of June, allowing swollen streams, rivers and reservoirs to slowly recede after the record May rains,” McManus said. “The respite was […]

Container gardening for vegetables

    

STILLWATER – Fortunately, for those who do not have ample space around their home, they do not have to miss out on all the gardening fun.  Those who have even just a few square feet of available space can still work on their green thumb and beautify their outdoor space.  And the good thing is […]

Watch out for previously flooded cars

 

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said there may be as many as 10,000 cars in Oklahoma and Texas that were damaged by June’s record flooding. That could result in thousands of car insurance payouts, but only for drivers who carried comprehensive car insurance coverage. Floodwaters can easily total a car by destroying the electrical system. […]

Tulsa is rated No. 40 for recreation

 

WalletHub.com has released a report on 2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Recreation and Tulsa is No. 40 while Oklahoma City is No. 50. WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 27 key metrics. Here are some results: The number of bike rental facilities per 100,000 residents is 28 times higher in San Francisco […]

New law expands college tuition aid

 

More Oklahoma students will be able to qualify for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP) and attend college thanks to a new law that went into effect July 1. Sen. Corey Brooks was the principal author of Senate Bill 137, which allows the State Regents for Higher Education to review cases where a family’s […]

ONG asks for higher gas rates

 

(PRNewswire) – Oklahoma Natural Gas has filed a request with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) for a $50,400,000.00 increase in base rates, which could mean almost $60.00 a year increase for residential customers. Oklahoma Natural Gas is the state’s largest natural gas utility, serving more than 850,000 customers across three-quarters of the state of Oklahoma. […]

Suit over EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’

 

Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency alleging that the redefinition of the “Waters of the United States” is executive overreach, flatly contrary to the will of Congress. The lawsuit alleges that the EPA’s broad redefinition of long-standing regulatory jurisdiction places virtually all land and water under an untenable […]

Liberal Oklahoma Supreme Court bans 10 Commandments

 

Seven liberal justices of the Oklahoma Supreme Court have ordered the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from state property even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the monument  can be displayed in public in Texas. Gov. Mary Fallin said the monument will stay in place pending appeal by Attorney General Scott Pruitt […]

Troubling Questions – Huge rollout of smart meters causes concern

 

Due to grassroots political pressure, Public Service Company has backed down from forcing its electricity customers from having their meters replaced with controversial smart meters. To counter the protest, PSO is seeking permission from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to fine residential customers an up-front fee of $183.00 and $28.00 a month from now on if […]