State Rep. Ross Ford is sworn in


Ross Ford, of Broken Arrow, was sworn in before the House of Representatives to serve House District 76 on November 28. Ford was elected in a special election held after the death of former Rep. David Brumbaugh in April. “It is an honor to be selected by the voters of House District 76 to represent […]

An effort to improve state efficiency


Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz said a new commission that will conduct performance audits of state agencies will offer lawmakers independent data to improve the management and fiscal affairs and operations of the biggest state agencies. The Agency Performance and Accountability Commission was created with the passage of HB 2311, which Schulz co-authored. The […]

Owasso Council filings Dec. 11-13


Candidates for the Owasso City Council may begin filing for office at 8 a.m. December 11. The filing period ends December 13. Candidates can file at the Tulsa County Election Board office, 555 North Denver Ave., said Gwen Freeman, secretary of the County Election Board. These offices are open: Municipality Office, Owasso Ward 1, Ward […]

Whistleblower hotline for the state


Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall and State Rep. Josh Cockroft announced the House Special Investigation Committee has created a “whistleblower” hotline for state employees to anonymously and confidentially provide allegations of waste, abuse and fraud taking place in state agencies. The hotline number is: 405-962-7890. Callers will provide information via voicemail, which can […]

Two Tulsa Public School Board seats up in 2018


Beginning December 4, candidates for area school boards can begin filing for office with the Tulsa County Election Board. In Tulsa, District 4 and District 7 seats will be up for grabs. The District 7 board member is Board President Suzanne Schrieber. She was elected in the South Tulsa district in 2014. She was a […]

Punitive lawmaker pay cut draws criticism


A decision to lower the salaries of state legislators surprised Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders. The Board on Legislative Compensation, in a move seen by many as punishment for lawmakers for not raising taxes, cut legislative pay by 8.8 percent, from $38,400 a year to $35,021. “I was surprised by the action of the […]

Committee is named to study wasteful spending


While the liberal media blames low taxation for the state’s budget shortfall, lawmakers are going to work on wasteful spending. Following revelations of apparent financial mismanagement at the Oklahoma Department of Health, House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall said he is empaneling a House Special Investigation Committee to begin conducting an investigation into the agency’s […]

Christmas show has Grady Nichols, Andy Chrisman, Kelly Ford


Tulsa-based Jazz Saxophonist Grady Nichols is headlining a Christmas concert featuring Andy Chrisman of 4Him and tenor Kelly Ford. With a string section, horns and a jazz choir, a total of 40 singers and musicians will be in the show. Nichols, Chrisman and Ford have released 20 CDs between them. Each has performed in concert […]

New OSU building handles growth


STILLWATER – People may not know Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks by name, but anyone who enjoys munching on a sandwich or baking a cake benefits from its important work. Now with the grand opening of a new 20,000-square-foot complex Nov. 18, OFSS is poised to continue its explosive growth. “The new complex is designed to […]

TU tops WalletHub college ranking


In study looking at almost a thousand colleges and universities, The University of Tulsa got the highest ranking among public and private schools in Oklahoma. In the WalletHub report, 2018’s Best College and University Rankings, Tulsa had the highest ranking among universities at No. 78. Here are the state university rankings: No. 78 – University […]