$25,000,000.00 for OKC museum


The Oklahoma Senate gave final legislative approval to a plan to complete the over-budget American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City. Tulsa area legislators who voted for borrowing $25,000,000.00 to finish a museum that would be donated to Oklahoma City include: Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso; Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa; Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa; […]

Fallin signs wind energy reforms


Governor Mary Fallin today signed two measures aimed at reforming tax incentives and credits currently available to the Oklahoma wind energy industry. Senate Bill 498 phases out the current property tax exemption for wind facilities. SB 502 makes wind facilities ineligible for a job creation tax credit currently offered by the state. A zero emissions […]

Blue Bell strikes a cleanup deal with health departments


Blue Bell Creameries, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry have entered into voluntary agreements outlining a series of steps and actions Blue Bell will take as part of its efforts to bring Blue Bell Ice Cream products back to market. Blue Bell has recalled some […]

Rhema fireworks will be on June 28


Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow will present Rockets Over Rhema on June 28. The schedule includes a patriotic musical, Christian bands and a fireworks display. Admission is free. Last year, more than 60,000 people attended. At 5 p.m., the musical Liberty High will be presented in the Rhema auditorium. The original production follows a […]

Planning needed for landscaping


STILLWATER – A beautiful landscape takes more than simply digging a few holes, sticking in several plants and turning on the sprinkler every now and then. Before you visit the local nursery or plant store, take a good look around your landscape. David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, said homeowners should consider […]

Asian-American Festival on June 6


The Tulsa City-County Library will present the 13th annual Asian-American Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 6 at the Martin Regional Library, 2601 S. Garnett Road. The cultures of Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries in Asia are part of the festival. Admission to the festival is […]

Big rainfalls can be good and bad


STILLWATER  –The springtime rain brings colorful plants to life and according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Oklahoma received a 254 percent increase in normal rainfall levels in the last 30 days. Because of the rainfall, the grass is a bright shade of hunter green, the rivers are flowing high and the flowers, both in gardens […]

Bridenstine votes to save unborn babies


The U.S. House passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on May 13 with U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, voting for the bill. “I believe that all human life is sacred and begins at conception,” Bridenstine said. “ I am very pleased to help pass this legislation, the first law protecting human life before […]

Bingman wants state-funded pop museum in Tulsa


Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman has introduced legislation that would provide funding for construction of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, better known as OKPOP. Senate Bill 839 would provide a $25,000,000.00 bond issue for construction of the facility. It failed to pass the Senate by one vote Monday but Bingman will seek another […]

Seizing asset bill


Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, filed Senate Bill 838, (Personal Asset Protection Act) which is aimed at reforming a practice known as civil asset forfeiture which the government uses to seize assets like cash and vehicles alleged to be part of a larger crime. “With civil asset forfeiture, the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ […]