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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday July 05, 2020 ( 16 items )  

American Electric Power to Proceed With Full $2 Billion Investment in Wind Projects to Benefit Customers in Three States
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 3 -- American Electric Power Corp. issued the following news release: While the Public Utility Commission of Texas denied approval of Southwestern Electric Power Co.'s (SWEPCO) plan to add 309 megawatts (MW) of wind energy to serve Texas customers, American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has received the other regulatory approvals needed to acquire the entire planned 1,485 MW of North Central wind generation. AEP is investing approximately $2 billion to bring new renewable ener  more

Bill Daugherty Begins Term as Berea College Trustee
BEREA, Kentucky, July 1 -- Berea College issued the following news release: William S. (Bill) Daugherty was elected in April to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees for a term beginning July 1. A 1976 Berea College alumnus and recipient of Berea's 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Daugherty is a co-founder and serves as a Managing Partner of BlackRidge Resource Partners LLC, an independent exploration and production company with oil and gas production in Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, Okla  more

Democratic Governors Association Statement on Medicaid Expansion in Oklahoma
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following statement on July 1 by Chair New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy: Yesterday, voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid in their state. Oklahoma was one of 14 states that haven't expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and has the second-highest uninsured rate in the country. * * * "Yesterday's victory on Medicaid expansion is a huge win for Oklahomans. Access to affordable health care is cri  more

Ga. A.G. Carr Coalition Prevails in Protecting Free Exercise Rights, Reversing Montana Decision Striking Down School Choice Program
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 1 -- Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr issued the following news release on June 30: Attorney General Chris Carr announced that his office has prevailed in protecting free exercise rights and reversing a Montana Supreme Court decision which struck down an important school choice program. In September of 2019, the Office of Attorney General co-led a coalition with Oklahoma in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to overturn a Montana Supreme Co  more

Jonathan Thomason Named Northwestern-Woodward Campus Dean
ALVA, Oklahoma, July 1 -- Northwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Northwestern Oklahoma State University President Dr. Janet Cunningham has appointed Dr. Jonathan Thomason as Dean of the Woodward campus. He is expected to begin his duties in July. Thomason's new duties will include overseeing the activities of the Woodward campus, cultivating relationships within the community, advising students and promoting Northwestern. "We are excited to have Dr. Thomason  more

Kansas Democratic Party: Democratic Leaders in Kansas Call for Medicaid Expansion
TOPEKA, Kansas, July 2 -- The Kansas Democratic Party issued the following news release on July 1: Democratic leaders are reaffirming the need for Medicaid expansion in Kansas to improve our state's public health and economic viability. By allowing Kansas to draw down federal funding, Medicaid expansion would provide affordable healthcare services for up to 150,000 Kansans below the federal poverty threshold, fill coverage gaps and enhance critical healthcare access in rural communities and spu  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter Releases Letter to Pardon & Parole Board Regarding Commutation Power
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 1 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter proactively released a letter to the Pardon & Parole Board addressing their discussion at the board's June 9 meeting regarding an attorney general's opinion on commutation power. The Attorney General's Office has yet to receive a letter requesting an official opinion or asking the attorney general to weigh in from the board. In the letter, the attorney gener  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter: Joint Investigation Leads to 4 Charged in Drug Distribution Conspiracy
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 2 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter has filed charges on four individuals in connection with a fentanyl distribution operation that allegedly claimed the lives of at least two individuals last month. Both victims died from an apparent overdose and an investigation revealed they knew one another. The investigation into their deaths uncovered a chain of distribution of counterfeit Oxycodone pills  more

Oklahoma Department of Human Services Announces New Online Reporting Portal for Adult Protective Services
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 1 -- The Oklahoma Department of Human Services issued the following news release: Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will launch a new online portal July 1, 2020 for the general public, community partners and law enforcement to report allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults to Adult Protective Services (APS). The new portal, OKHotline.org, is part of the agency's strategy to provide one point of contact for access to OKDHS services and rep  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces Cabinet Transitions
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, June 30 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced he has appointed Kevin Corbett as Secretary of Health and Mental Health and Elizabeth Pollard as Secretary of Science and Innovation as former Secretaries Jerome Loughridge and Dr. Kayse Shrum are returning to their full-time careers. "We are fortunate to have the ability to promote talented people like Secretary Kevin Corbett and Secretary Elizabeth Pollard to en  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Joins State Health Leaders in Announcing Three New Cares Act Grants
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 1 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release on June 30: Governor Kevin Stitt, joined with interim Health Commissioner Lance Frye, MD and Secretary of Science and Innovation Elizabeth Pollard, announced three new CARES Act grants to support efforts through the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Stitt also announced his intent to file an executive order for OSDH to develop a color-coded ale  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt: State of Oklahoma, Kialegee Sign New Gaming Compacts
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 3 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt and Kialegee Tribal Town (KTT) Mekko Brian Givens signed a new gaming compact that delivers clarity and certainty for each sovereign party; strengthens compact transparency with clear auditing guidance and with new dispute resolution provisions; and provides for meaningful consideration for the State's fee structure for class III games and table games beginning at 12% for a n  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt: State of Oklahoma, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Sign New Gaming Compacts
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 3 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: The State of Oklahoma and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) signed on Wednesday a new gaming compact that delivers clarity and certainty for each sovereign party; strengthens compact transparency with clear auditing guidance and with new dispute resolution provisions; and provides for meaningful consideration for the State's fee structure for class III games and table games begi  more

Supreme Court Rules for School Choice, Religious Liberty, Cites Okla. A.G. Hunter Brief
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 1 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter commended the U.S. Supreme Court for reversing a Montana Supreme Court decision that held Montana's school-choice scholarship program had to be eliminated because it allowed parents and their children the option of using scholarships at private religious schools. The First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court emphasized in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Reven  more

University of Oklahoma Names Cox as Associate Dean of Public Health
NORMAN, Oklahoma, June 30 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: Gary Cox, former interim commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, has been appointed as an associate dean in the Hudson College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma, pending OU Board of Regents' approval. At the Hudson College of Public Health, he will serve as associate dean for public health practice and community partnerships and also as a professor in the Department of Healt  more

University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine: Dean McGee Eye Institute Ophthalmologist Named Recipient of Prestigious National Award
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 3 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently named Dean McGee Eye Institute ophthalmologist R. Michael Siatkowski, M.D., its 2020 recipient of the Bradley R. Straatsma M.D., J.D. Award for Excellence in Resident Education. The award, established by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2003, honors residency program directors dedicated to the principles and significance of residen  more