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  • Conflict between board of education members, Superintendent Joy Hofmeister erupts during meeting

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A behind-the-scenes tug of war between the state board of education and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister boiled over at a public meeting Thursday. At issue is the board members’ ability to add items for consideration to the board meeting agendas. Members say they need that ability in order...

  • Oklahoma state Senate revives bill to ban texting while driving

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The state Senate Public Safety Committee revived legislation Thursday that would ban Oklahoma motorists from sending text messages while driving.

  • Randy Krehbiel: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says Bergdahl case ought to send Obama administration to the stockade

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe isn't mad about a former combat soldier faces life behind bars. He's mad that someone in the Obama administration isn't staring at the same sort of penalty. Inhofe doesn't need much encouragement to go off on Obama, so it isn't surprising he had plenty to say after former...

  • Tulsa school district cancels 'snow day' for rally, will hold classes Monday

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Tulsa Public Schools will hold classes Monday, reversing the decision to cancel school to allow teachers, parents and students to attend an education rally at the state Capitol, Superintendent Keith Ballard announced Thursday. Principals will work to identify two to three teachers from each...

  • Ginnie Graham: Visit Oklahoma to avoid the presidential campaign, says a national blogger

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahomans are so disengaged and vote in lock step that it's a paradise for non-politicos wanting to avoid the chaos of presidential campaign advertising, visits and debates, says a national reporter. In a blog by Washington Post writer Niraj Chokshi, Oklahoma is touted as the No. 1 spot to...

  • Oklahoma lawmakers criticize county commissioners board

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Six state House members issued a joint news release Wednesday criticizing the governing board of the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma for firing a whistle-blower and paying a private attorney to try to persuade the state attorney general that it should be allowed to keep its...

  • Oklahoma county commissioners' association fires general counsel as investigation continues

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma fired its general counsel Tuesday as the shakeup continues at the agency which is in the midst of a criminal investigation.

  • Former Sen. Tom Coburn urges Oklahomans to call for convention to amend U.S. Constitution

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    JENKS — Show some courage, former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn told about 250 people at the Jenks Performing Arts Center on Monday night. Show some courage, he said, and do something that’s never been done in the history of the United States — or at least the United States as we know it. Since...

  • 10 denied personalized Oklahoma license plates

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Here are 10 personalized Oklahoma license plate requests denied by the great state of Oklahoma (and, let me tell you: it’s highbrow stuff)

  • Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma's secrecy frustrates county commissioners

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Leaders of the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma have operated under such secrecy that even county commissioners who are members of the association have been rebuffed in efforts to find out how much the association’s executive director is paid.

  • 'Supergirls': Second Tulsa Girl Scout troop visits White House for annual science fair

    BY NOUR HABIB, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    President Barack Obama spent a few minutes Monday morning admiring an automatic page-turner built by Tulsa Girl Scout Troop 411. “It’s working really well,” the president could be seen telling the 6-year-olds in a replay of a livestream of the event on the White House website. The Daisy...

  • Former Jay city councilor sentenced to 75 years on molestation charges

    BY SHEILA STOGSDIL, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    JAY — A former Jay city councilor pleaded guilty to child rape-related charges on Monday and was sentenced to 75 years in prison. Billy Joe Stuart, 61, pleaded guilty in Delaware County District Court to second-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, lewd molestation and lewd acts involving a...

  • Oklahoma man denied car tag supporting gay rights

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma Tax Commission denied a personalized license plate with the message "LGBTALY," claiming it is sexual in nature, according to an Edmond man who made the request. John Patrick Keefe II, 36, said he has retained an attorney, filed a protest with the commission over the...

  • Tulsa Public Schools needs to use last snow day for March 30 Capitol rally, superintendent says

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Tulsa Superintendent Keith Ballard announced Monday that he will be seeking school board approval to cancel classes on March 30 to allow teachers and other staff to attend an education rally at the State Capitol. Organized by the Oklahoma Education Coalition, the “Brighter...

  • Bill targets PSAs, ads featuring elected officials

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    A bill moving through the Legislature would clamp down on public and appointed officials’ use of public service announcements and advertisements paid for with state dollars. House Bill 1385, by Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, has cleared the House and is pending before the Senate Rules Committee....

  • More budget cuts will increase Oklahoma teacher-shortage crisis, state superintendent Joy Hofmeister says

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa Worl | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Cuts to common education would make the state’s teacher shortage much worse, a Senate panel was told Wednesday. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister briefed the Senate Appropriations Committee on the agency’s budget and funding to school districts. She said the state is in the midst of a...

  • Backers launch petition drive to oust Creek Nation chief

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    OKMULGEE — Paperwork formally kicking off an effort to remove Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger from office was filed Tuesday with the tribe’s Election Board. Shelly Harjo-Brandy said supporters of Tiger’s removal will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Best Western hotel in...



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