Bill would exempt Okla. guns from federal rules
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Guns and ammunition manufactured and kept in Oklahoma would not be subject to federal laws or regulations under a bill that a House panel approved Wednesday.
The so-called Firearms Freedom Act was one of two gun bills that the House Public Safety Committee passed. Another bill that sailed through the committee would allow private schools to develop their own rules and regulations on whether teachers and school visit...
Okla. court stops conspiracy count in bribery case
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday rejected Oklahoma County prosecutors’ attempt to add a conspiracy count against two former state lawmakers already charged with bribery.
The five-member court voted 4-1 to uphold Special Judge Stephen Alcorn’s November 2011 decision disallowing conspiracy charges against former Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City. Following ...
Bryan County to celebrate National Nutrition Month DURANT – March is National Nutrition Month, making it an opportune time for communities, families and individuals to eat better for improved health.
“The first step toward creating a healthier Bryan County is having families right here – our friends, neighbors and ourselves – choosing to eat better and become more active,” said Renee Wyrick Nutrition & Fitness Coordinator of Bryan County.
Created 40 years ago by the Academy of Nutrition...
Okla. panel to consider gun liability immunity
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate panel is to consider a proposal to make businesses and places of worship immune from liability if they don’t ban firearms from their premises.
The bill Republican Sen. AJ Griffin of Guthrie is scheduled to go before the Senate Public Safety Committee Thursday.
It also shields employers from legal liability if they don’t ban employees from bringing guns onto the business’s property.
Regional High School Bowling Tournament The Durant High School Bowling Conference dominated the Regional High School Tournament held Saturday, Feb 16, at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester.
The Durant boys Team won the Championship in it’s division, while the Caddo girls team was Runner-Up in it’s division.
Both teams qualified and will compete in the Oklahoma High School Championships next Saturday at Andy B’s Bowling Center in Tulsa. The Durant Boys Team has qualified to compet...
Union Pacific to upgrade railroad crossing on Main Street Main Street in Durant from First Avenue to Malone Street at the Union Pacific railroad crossing will be closed from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management announced.
Union Pacific will be upgrading the Main Street crossing and motorists will have to detour around the construction area. The closing will be for Thursday only.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and watch for construction workers.
Okla. panel approves rejection of health care law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state legislator called on his colleagues Tuesday to formally reject federal health care reform, arguing that Oklahoma should add its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the law.
Legislation from Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, would essentially declare President Barack Obama’s health care law unconstitutional and void in the state. Although it would carry little weight, Ritze argued that approval of the m...
Durant students are ahead of the curve A new, tougher common core for all grades and subjects in schools across the country will soon get its first testing in Oklahoma, but young Durant students are well ahead of the curve — working with the new Common Core Standards since September.
DISD Superintendent Jason Simeroth says, “We wanted to get started on it so we introduced it in all classes from kindergarten through third grade, and so far it’s going well.” It’s too soon to measu...
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Okla. Legislature to have $7B to spend on budget
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will have $7 billion in revenue to spend on the coming fiscal year’s budget, an increase of $212 million over what was appropriated last year, a state panel determined Tuesday.
The figures approved by the State Board of Equalization are for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Gov. Mary Fallin said her priorities for the additional revenue are increased funding for public education and a pr...