Report: Oklahoma should expand insurance program
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A consulting firm hired by Oklahoma to help answer the question of how to insure 200,000 people without health coverage told the state’s Medicaid board Thursday that an existing program could be used to build a broader system by 2015.
Utah-based Leavitt Partners gave the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board its preliminary report at Thursday’s regular monthly board meeting. The full report isn’t expected until June,...
Mullin announces hiring of new field rep MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) announced Thursday the hiring of Trevor Shanklin as the new field representative for the southern portions of the 2nd Congressional District.
Shanklin, a combat veteran, husband and father will replace Jonathan Moyer, who is leaving Mullin’s staff to pursue other opportunities.
“I am very pleased that Trevor is joining our team in the district,” Mullin said. “He brings a strong work ethic, a ...
Several charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute Several people have been arrested this week for suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell.
Lester Jermaine Taylor, 31, and Lela Marie Adams, 27, both of Cartwright, have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The charges are the result of a recent investigation by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. According to an affidavit, deputies arrested a person at 311 Denison St. residence in Cartwright and...
Summer Community Band to begin rehearsals May 14 DURANT - Southeastern Oklahoma State University bands, with the support of the Department of Music, will reinstate a summertime favorite: the Summer Community Band.
This group, which is open to Southeastern students, staff, faculty, and any Durant area community member, is a way for instrumental musicians of all abilities to have an opportunity to perform as part of a concert band. Rehearsals will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 14, 21, ...
Okla. Democrats say absent lawmaker voted on bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Democrats say an improper vote was cast for a $7.1 billion budget bill on behalf of a Republican legislator who had left the building.
House Democratic Leader Rep. Scott Inman said Thursday that Tulsa Republican Rep. Terry O’Donnell had left the Capitol when two votes were cast on the general appropriations bill. O’Donnell was shown voting yes on both votes.
It is a violation of House rules for a vo...
Man charged with possession and distribution of child porn An investigation by Durant and Guthrie police led to child pornography charges being filed against a local man.
Shannon Lynn Hutcherson, 22, Durant, is charged with aggravated possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
He is accused of possessing more than 100 separate materials depicting child pornography, court papers state, and also possessing shared files from the Internet that show minors in sexual and lew...
Walker named Citizen of the Year by Kiwanis First United Bank CEO Greg Massey is pleased to announce that First United employee Kari Walker was recently honored by the Durant Kiwanis as Citizen of the Year.
Walker has more than 13 years of banking experience. She began her career with First United in 2005 in the Corporate Risk Management Department. Prior to joining First United, Walker was employed by The Bank NA in McAlester. Walker holds a degree in Business Administration from Ea...
Feds say Insure Oklahoma program must change
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma program that uses Medicaid funding to provide health insurance to 30,000 low-income Oklahomans must change in order to keep its funding, the federal government said this week, even as a legislative plan that tries to make those changes seems stalled.
The Insure Oklahoma program needs a renewed waiver to use Medicaid funding to help some people pay for private insurance, which the Centers for Medicare and...
Man charged with threatening witness on Facebook The father of a man who was shot to death during a recent altercation has been charged with using a computer to threaten a witness in the case.
Clinton Lee Tyson Sr. 53, is charged with using a computer to put another person in fear of physical harm or death. According to court papers, Tyson sent Amanda Wright harassing and threatening messages by text and on Facebook during March, April and May.
Tyson Sr. is the father of Parker Allen Ty...
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Firefighters rescue boy stuck in tree Durant firefighters rescued an 8-year-old boy who had climbed up a cedar tree and could not get down.
Someone called the fire department at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday after the boy climbed approximately 20 feet up the tree in the the backyard of a 500 Meadowlark Lane residence.
Firefighters brought the boy down in several minutes.
In other fire-related calls Tuesday, firefighters were dispatched at 12:24 p.m. to an apartment at 815 Gerlach Drive...
Sample ballots available for Silo bond election A Sample ballot for the Silo School Bond Election is now available at the Bryan County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Special Silo Bond Election on May 14.
Linda Fahrendorf, Secretary of the County Election Board, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the Election Board office, located at 217 N. 16 Ave. during regular office hours, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The bond is for improvem...
Okla. Highway Patrol troopers push for pay hike
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of current and retired state troopers visited the state Capitol on Tuesday and urged legislators to revive a bill that would give them a pay raise.
The House and Senate unanimously approved a bill earlier this session that would give a roughly 16 percent pay hike to all Department of Public Safety employees, including about 750 troopers. But funding for the raise, which would cost about $7.3 million, was not ...
Okla. Gov. signs building repair bill, 15 others
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma could make $160 million in repairs to the crumbling state Capitol without using a bond issue to pay for them under a bill Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Tuesday.
The bill creates an eight-year infrastructure improvement plan and builds on an existing program for state building improvements by adding more ways to generate funding. The measure was one of 16 bills Fallin signed Tuesday.
House Speaker T. W. S...
Fallin signs Okla. workers’ compensation overhaul
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation system, a top priority for Republican legislative leaders who say the state’s current system is a detriment to business and industry in the state.
Fallin signed the bill on Monday that changes Oklahoma’s current court-based system to an administrative structure, saying it will dramatically reduce the costs to businesses.
The bill wa...
Okla. Senate OKs fee hike for driver’s licenses
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma drivers would have to pay an extra $12 for a license under a bill given final approval by the Legislature on Monday and sent to Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Senate voted 30-15 for the bill that would increase the cost of issuing or renewing a standard driver’s license from $21.50 to $33.50. The cost of various commercial drivers’ licenses also is going up by $10. The new rates will be effective Nov. 1.
The fee h...
Lawsuit on capital gains prompts worry over budget
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit by an out-of-state company that challenges a tax break on capital gains for Oklahoma-based businesses is causing some consternation at the state Capitol after an analysis on the potential costs of a payback show Oklahoma could be on the hook for as much as $480 million.
“My biggest concern from a financial risk standpoint is the severe damage that could be created to budget expectations over the next coupl...
Masons give funding to local program for seniors For the seventh year in a row, SODA Area Agency on Aging was awarded $63,018 for 2013 from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma.
The program serves seniors 55 and over in order to assist them in maintaining independence and sustaining quality of life.
Since the inception of the program in 2007, SODA Area Agency on Aging has utilized $383,427 received from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and has assisted 635 seniors with s...
Silo wins local contest for fifth year Silo Elementary School was recently announced the sweepstakes winner of the Bryan County Elementary Curriculum Contest for the fifth year in a row.
The contest was held at Bennington Public Schools on April 19. Two students from each grade level are chosen to represent the schools in Science, Social Studies, English, Math, and Spelling.
According to Silo Elementary Principal Katie Brister, Awards are presented to students who place in the...
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Two members of state board say they must not wait for deadline to pass on Pointe Vista Two state Lands board members vowed Friday that the board won’t wait a year to decide the fate of the moribund Pointe Vista development on Lake Texoma. The company has announced that it can’t meet its deadline to complete a luxury hotel in Lake Texoma State Park by May 2014. Board members Gary Jones and Jim Reese told a restive crowd at Kingston Elementary School that the board mustn’t wait for that deadline to pass to ...
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SOSU Head Start raises money for St. Jude’s Students at the SOSU Head Start raised $1,070.26 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital this month. The total dollar amount was calculated the morning of Wednesday May 1.
While all of the children in the SOSU Head Start Program participated in the trike-a-thon this month, 11 children actively raised money for the cause.
These students went around collecting donations within the community to raise money for the hospital and the cancer research...
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