Venezuela on the brink of chaos

Protesters resting. Photo: AFP / Maria Isabel SANCHEZ

Venezuela is hurtling toward a high-stakes confrontation as Dictator Nicolas Maduro’s iron grip slips and opposition support grows in a once wealthy capitalist nation now impoverished by socialism.

Maria Sanchez reporting from Caracas for AFP writes that Wednesday and Thursday, the opposition is staging its second nationwide strike in a week, then another mass protest is planned on Friday, upping the pressure on the leftist leader.  Continue reading

Dana Murphy bids for Lt. Governor

Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy today announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor of Oklahoma apparently without resigning her current position.

“As a fifth-generation Oklahoman, I am proud of this state, and my passion for its success runs deep,” said Republican Murphy.   Continue reading

Brooks takes oath for Senate District 44

Sen. Brooks was sworn in by OK Supreme Court Justice Douglas Combs during a ceremony Tuesday pictured with his wife, Jessica and children, Joaquin and Lucy.

Sen. Michael Brooks was sworn in as the newest member of the Oklahoma State Senate on Tuesday, during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber of the Capitol.  Brooks, a lifelong southwest Oklahoma City resident, small business owner and attorney, won the Senate District 44 seat in a special election held July 11.

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This season of Horned Toad

Oklahoma’s scorching summer temperatures cause some wildlife to retreat, but species like the Texas Horned Lizard or Horned Toad enjoy soaking in the sun’s rays.

“Summer is the best season to watch for reptiles; they often bask in open, highly visible, areas to warm their body temperature,” said Jena Donnell, information specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program. “And these lizards are one of our state’s most popular reptiles.”  Continue reading

Arby’s “School’s Out, Food’s In” helps kids

Beginning in May over 10,000 Tulsa Public School elementary students  who rely on school meals during the school year will receive meal cards to redeem 10 free, wholesome Arby’s® Kid’s Meals throughout the summer.

The Arby’s Foundation program “School’s Out, Food’s In” helps kids and informs us all that hunger can happen in our own backyard. Tulsa has a food insecurity rate at 29 percent, meaning one in three children have limited access to adequate food. Continue reading