This Friday, we’re introducing a new segment where you can get caught up on the news of the week. We always try to keep you advised, but some stories slip through the cracks. This is our way of giving your a rapid-fire catch-up of the going-ons in our weird and wild state.
We’ll give you the good news, the bad news, and the in-between. It’s usually bad news around these parts, but hey, you work with what you’ve got. Let’s get started!
— Randy Krehbiel (@rkrehbiel) June 2, 2021
President Biden Visited Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An emotional President Joe Biden marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre that destroyed a thriving Black community in Tulsa, declaring Tuesday that he had “come to fill the silence” about one of the nation’s darkest — and long suppressed — moments of racial violence.
“Some injustices are so heinous, so horrific, so grievous, they cannot be buried, no matter how hard people try,” Biden said. “Only with truth can come healing.”
Biden’s commemoration of the deaths of hundreds of Black people killed by a white mob a century ago came amid the current national reckoning on racial justice.
It’s about time that a sitting president actually burned the jet fuel to take Air Force One down here to acknowledge one of the largest atrocities that has taken place in this country in the last century. But I’m still a Biden skeptic and don’t think he’s actually going to do shit to change anything. There won’t be any reoperations. This is the liberal version of ‘thoughts & prayers.” Fly in, do a speech, and by tomorrow he’ll have forgotten all about it and the media will be posting cute pictures of his dogs.
The decision was a victory for state physicians and dentists who sued the health care authority. https://t.co/2qygksOsJz
— The Oklahoman (@TheOklahoman_) June 1, 2021
Stitt loses in court… again
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority does not have the authority to implement a managed care plan for the state’s Medicaid system.
In a victory for state medical groups, the court said the health care authority created a new managed care program without legislative authority.
“We find the actions of the OHCA are invalid under Oklahoma law,” the court said in a 6-3 decision striking down an initiative pushed hard by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
I think this makes Kevin Stitt’s record in Oklahoma courts 0 – 5,912. All the smart people in our state (a.k.a. people who don’t have names that rhyme with “Shit”) celebrated the court’s decisions because managed care is terrible. It will be interesting to see how Oklahoma politicians find a way to screw this up.
Rain may lead to uptick in mosquitoes in Oklahoma https://t.co/LzUFEIPdG0
— KFOR (@kfor) June 3, 2021
Mosquito Season Is BACK, BABY!
STILLWATER, Okla. (KFOR) – With all the rainfall Oklahoma has seen in the last month, mosquitoes are out and about even more than normal.
Big mosquitoes are causing big problems.
“The type of mosquitoes everyone is seeing right now are the large Gallinipper mosquitoes because those are floodwater mosquitoes,” said Justin Talley, Extension Livestock Entomologist at OSU.
As the weather warms up, smaller mosquitoes emerge and it’s even more important to take preventative measures
“The main thing is whenever you use DEET, it’s one of our best repellants, you just have to be careful when you use DEET,” said Talley.
Well, this is a thrilling movement. Of course, we didn’t get a good freeze* during the winter, so all them buggers stuck around. And with a wet spring, it’s ripe for those bloodsuckers to spawn. It’s only fair that after a year stuck indoors that we’re treated with the delight of itchy bumps and the possibility of malaria.
Editor’s Note: Outside of the record-breaking freeze in February that was so bad the Governor had to flee to another state.
A French woman and the University of Oklahoma have agreed to cede ownership of a 135-year-old painting that was stolen by Nazi soldiers. https://t.co/SvDUlOqeRS
— The Oklahoman (@TheOklahoman_) June 2, 2021
OU reaches on a deal on stolen artwork they won’t return to the rightful owner…
A Nazi-looted painting will rotate back to a Norman museum after months of legal conflict between the University of Oklahoma and a Holocaust survivor whose family’s art collection was stolen during World War II.
Leone Meyer, 81, has agreed to cede her title, interests and all standing in connection to the 1886 Camille Pissarro painting “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep” to the university and the OU Foundation.
In turn, OU and its foundation have agreed to give up ownership of the artwork in the future to a French public institution or the U.S. Art in Embassies program. The university has not decided yet where it will transfer the painting’s title.
Well, that seems like an overly complicated solution to the problem. You’d think OU would just give what was stolen as part of a genocide campaign back to the original owner. Then again, being the University of Oklahoma and everything, that would probably set an odd precedent.
Residents who want to shoot off fireworks in city limits are required to buy a permit for $22.https://t.co/Q88akVq92Q
— NewsChannel 8 | KTUL (@KTULNews) June 3, 2021
It’s also FIREWORKS SEASON, BABY!
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – Fireworks permits are now available in Broken Arrow.
Residents who want to shoot off fireworks in city limits are required to buy a permit for $22.
The permits are valid for the hours of 3-11 p.m. on July 3 and July 4.
Why are fireworks already on sale? It’s only March- wait, what? I just checked my calendar and oh my god it is June already. I didn’t even realize you had to buy a fireworks permit, I’ve always just walked up to a roadside stand and an old man chewing on a piece of straw sells you a pack of Kitty Whistlers, no questions asked.
With the legislative session having just wrapped up, John Budd said it was a “good time for me to move on to my next journey.” https://t.co/IW0s3TnKPt
— KWGS News (@KWGSNEWS) June 3, 2021
Stitt Chief Operating Officer quietly steps down
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that his chief operating officer, John Budd, will step down effective July 2.
Budd was the state’s first COO and a member of Stitt’s cabinet since he took office.
With the legislative session having just wrapped up, Budd said it was a “good time for me to move on to my next journey.”
Before joining the Stitt administration, Budd was chief strategy and business development officer for Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp.
We had a rare semi-normal, scandal-free (so far) resignation this week when Stitt cabinet member John Budd announced he was stepping down. Budd came from the Sonic Corp., which means Stitt had two people in his cabinet who came directly from the fast-food industry. Rumored replacements for the job are Hal Smith, Drew Braum and that weird Hideaway mascot thing.
Edmond says there's nothing the city can do to help, besides ask new developments to build things like retaining ponds.https://t.co/yxKo1pTyVy
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) June 3, 2021
Edmond NIMBY’s Are Mad About Flooding
Edmond, Okla — Some Edmond residents think the city should be doing more to protect them from flooding that fills their yards.
After last week’s severe storms, grassy front yards looking like ponds on Covell Road, and they say it has been getting worse over the past couple of years.
“We never experienced excessive water until they started building neighborhoods around us,” said Jessica Hernandez, who experienced the flooding for the first time a couple of years ago.
So, the problem isn’t the heavy storms we’ve experienced this spring, like every spring in Oklahoma, that have dumped inches of water across the state. The problem is that other people now live by you? Edmonites demand every convenience of a city but do not, in fact, want to live in a city.
Former deputy pleads guilty to pawning guns belonging to fallen deputy https://t.co/3bnojatBPc
— KFOR (@kfor) June 1, 2021
Logan County Cop Sold His Dead Co-Worker Cop’s Guns
PAYNE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – A former Oklahoma deputy has pleaded guilty to 12 charges related to the sale of weapons of a fallen sheriff’s deputy.
Jason Tauer, a former Logan County Sheriff’s deputy, was arrested on February 20, 2021.
Tauer was the roommate and colleague of fallen Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy, David Wade. Wade was killed in the line of duty in April of 2017.
We’re ending this on somewhat of a dark note, but this just goes to show the weird and immoral lengths some cops will go to for personal gain. He just took his dead roommate and co-worker’s stuff and pawned it all off. The weird part, however, is the story mentions “he definitely did not have permission from Deputy Wade’s mother to do that.” Do you need your mother’s permission to go to the pawnshop?