Best Storyteller in Tulsa finals Friday

This Friday, April 28th at 8 pm, the BEST STORYTELLER IN TULSA will be crowned by “Ok, So” during their yearly Grand Slam.

Ok, So… is Tulsa’s version of the Moth heard on public radio and is a semi-competitive storytelling event. Over 100 people have competed and it has now come down to the finals – time to crown a winner.  Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: UN on Women?

Beyond parody.. but then the United Nations is comprised of over 50 Islamic states – the ruling majority in Assembly.

Video Report: Saudi Arabia, which has been labeled “the world’s most misogynistic regime” was recently elected to the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Woman. The commission is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.”  The kingdom will serve on the commission from 2018-2022. Continue reading

OK increases child victim protection

A bill to strengthen Oklahoma’s human trafficking laws and better protect underage victims was signed into law Monday. Senate Bill 34, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Scott Biggs, provides that lack of knowledge of the age of the victim does not constitute a defense for the human trafficking of a minor.

“Human trafficking is a growing industry in our state and nation.  Hundreds of thousands of Americans, many of which are young women and children, are kidnapped and forced into this modern day slavery. We must do all we can to stop these predators in Oklahoma,” said David, R-Porter.  Continue reading

Improving online insurance verification

Gov. Fallin signed legislation Monday to help further reduce the number of uninsured drivers in Oklahoma.  Sen. Ron Sharp is the principal Senate author of Senate Bill 115 to transfer oversight of the Compulsory Insurance Online Verification System (OCIVS) for motor vehicle liability policies from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID).  Continue reading

Sen. Floyd applauds task force on rape kits

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, more than 1,900 rapes were reported in the state in 2015 alone.  Sexual assault forensic evidence kits help collect and preserve evidence following an assault, but there is no law in Oklahoma requiring these kits to be tracked or tested, and national data suggests some kits may never be tested.  It’s an issue Sen. Kay Floyd has been working to address this session.

“Frankly, we don’t know what the numbers are and that’s the point of doing a study,” said Floyd, D-Oklahoma City.  “But untested kits could represent key evidence that can connect the dots in many assaults. It could mean more prosecutions and prevent additional assaults in the future.”  Continue reading