GOP group endorses Brumbaugh


The Tulsa Republican Assembly has endorsed Shelley Brumbaugh in the August 8 special election primary for House District 76 in Broken Arrow. Numerous candidates appeared before the group to make their case for the support of this conservative group.  The candidates were given extended  time for speeches at last month’s meeting. Then they were asked  […]

Heat-related conditions can be dangerous in the summer


Summer is heating up, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat-related illness. Each year, approximately 620 people die from heat-related illness in the United States. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat rash, heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat […]

Get children’s birth certificates now


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) urges parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines to get their children’s birth certificates. Early August is usually the busiest time of the year to get birth records for children going back to school. Birth records are available at three locations in the state: Oklahoma City […]

Don’t get sick traveling overseas


Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback-riding excursion in Costa Rica. Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases ( –  failed to take […]

Kevin Stitt to run for U.S. Congress


Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt announced his candidacy for the 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial race. The first-time candidate and pro-life advocate is the founder and CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group (GMG). “I am excited to announce my candidacy for the office of the governor of Oklahoma. I’m not a politician, but I feel I have the qualifications […]

Even with an $18,000,000.00 increase, DHS will cut programs for kids, adults


Despite getting an additional $18,000,000.00, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is cutting services in an effort to get $30,000,000.00 more in state funds in the next fiscal year. State Rep. Scott McEachin, R-Tulsa, said he was disgusted by a press release by the DHS because it made it look like the agency had been […]

State tax revenues reveal the economy is turning the corner


The financial picture for Oklahoma state government is turning the corner as evidenced by the June statement – the best report since 2014. State Treasurer Ken Miller reported that at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, Oklahoma is experiencing a six-month pattern of recovery. With recessions typically defined as two or more consecutive quarters […]

Teacher of the Year finalists include Tulsa area teachers


Three teachers from Broken Arrow, Jenks and Sand Springs are some of the 12 finalists for Oklahoma’s next Teacher of the Year. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will announce the winner September 19 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The nominees in the Tulsa area are: Donna Gradel teaches science at Broken […]

STDs are rising in Tulsa and OKC


Cases of sexually transmitted diseases are rising in parts of Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department reports the highest concentration of reported STDs on the city’s east side. Cases of chlamydia in Oklahoma County are 70 percent higher than national averages. And officials think those cases are underreported. Chlamydia can […]

Speaker McCall approves 63 interim legislative studies


House Speaker Charles McCall approved dozens of interim studies requested by lawmakers and assigned them to House committees. Speaker McCall approved 63 interim studies after receiving 136 study requests from members. Thirty two requests were either withdrawn by the requester or unapproved and many others were combined. The approved studies will cover a range of […]