A trio of bills by Rep. Sally Kern are among several anti-gay bills that have been filed with the state legislature.
Oklahomans for Equality Advocacy Chair Mike Redman said Kern's filings especially are no surprise.
"Sally Kern targets the gay and lesbian community every opportunity that she gets," Redman said. "She is at the end of her term limit career, and she's just using this as another publicity opportunity to take one final jab at the gay and lesbian community."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers will have more than 2,000 bills and resolutions to consider when they convene next month.
Thursday afternoon was the deadline for filing bills to be considered by the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature. Legislative officials say 1,219 bills and 26 joint resolutions were filed in the House. A total of 815 bills and 32 joint resolutions were filed in the state Senate by the deadline.
On Saturday the 24th, in a performance beginning at 8pm, the highly acclaimed Rastrelli Cello Quartet will return to Tulsa. The concert happens at the Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and is presented by Choregus Productions. Our guest is the founder and artistic director of this group, Kira Kraftzoff. As he explains, the Rastrelli has been deliberately focused on -- and enthusiastically passionate about -- what classical music buffs sometimes call "non-traditional programming" since its inception in 2002.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been named chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson named Lankford the chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The subcommittee oversees the management, efficiency and effectiveness of various federal agencies, including the effectiveness of national security methods.
The Tulsa School Board will be working this weekend. The board has interviews set with the top two candidates for the school superintendent's post. Doctor Keith Ballard is resigning at the end of June to retire.
The top candidates are both Tulsa natives. Millard House II is a former Tulsa assistant superintendent. He has most recently been working in North Carolina.
Deborah Gist is the other candidate. She is Rhode Island's Education Commissioner. She also attended the Tulsa Public Schools.
Horace Silver, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Sample, Jimmy Scott, Gerald Wilson -- the jazz world lost several brilliant if not legendary practitioners last year. (And let's not forget, while we're at it, singer Jackie Cain, pianist Kenny Drew, Jr., or drummer Idris Muhammad [shown here].)
Oklahoma kids are getting crucial immunizations at a lower rate than those in 48 other states.
Susan Mendus with the state health department said concern about side effects is just one factor.
"It may be hard for parents to find vaccine providers in some areas of the state, and some parents may not know that even if they do not have health insurance, they can receive vaccines at any county health department in the state," Mendus said.