Forty-five years ago today, in arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th Century, two Americans stepped off the ladder of their small landing craft and walked on the surface of the moon.
The first of them, Neil Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, pronounced his accomplishment "one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind." The second, 39-year-old New Jersey native Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., described what he saw as "magnificent desolation."
An Oklahoma group, Project OKPOP, hoping to build a museum highlighting the contributions to popular culture made by musicians, writers and other artists with ties to the state says it will continue pushing for funding for the project.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell and drummer Jamie Oldaker, who performed for years with Eric Clapton, are among those who have donated to the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture's more than 100,000-piece collection.
Community intervention centers were the hot topic during the Friday meeting of Office of Juvenile Affairs Board of Directors. A meeting was able to be held Friday, unlike in June which failed due to a lack of a quorum. Suspicions had run high that the lack of a quorum was a tactical move to keep the ample audience from voicing concern at the budget cut for community intervention centers (CICs).
Board member Richard Rice, the missing board member who audience and other board members spent an hour waiting on for last month's meeting, publicly apologized Friday saying he "simply could not get out of the courtroom."
The number of those in attendance at this meeting was drastically different than those audience members from last month's meeting, but, nonetheless, several public comments were made about the cut of appropriations to CICs. A cut of 1.75 percent was cut from Youth Services, and an additional estimate of $610,000 was cut specifically from CIC budgets.
OJA Executive Director Keith Wilson said that the cuts came after a "necessary" cost-benefit analysis. Since then, he has been in talks with the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate, impressing upon them the dire budget situation. Wilson said that "the situation that the Legislature and the governor have put us in is just critical" and "something that the Legislature should look at in the upcoming year."
Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission hear a presentation Friday on the agency’s preparation for enforcing a new law governing vapor products.
SB1602 passed by the legislature and signed into law places the products under the Youth Access to Tobacco Act for which ABLE is the lead law enforcement agency.
Under the new law, which takes effect November 1, it will be illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or possess vapor products, regardless of whether the product contains nicotine, explained ABLE Captain Maureen Shanta.
A new poll by Rasmussen on the Oklahoma governor’s race shows within the margin of error. Likely voters support for Gov. Fallin at 45 percent and opponent State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) at 40 percent. Seven percent favor some other candidate, while eight percent are undecided.