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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday July 26, 2020 ( 22 items )  

Harvard Law School: A Legal Thriller
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 18 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: On July 9, when the latest Supreme Court issued highly anticipated rulings concerning the president's tax returns and the treatment of Native American land in Oklahoma, it marked the end of a captivating term. In addition to being a year in which the Court suddenly adopted remote hearings due to the pandemic, the term ended with a series of decisions that fundamentally affect millions of people's lives in the fie  more

National Congress of American Indians Statement on Legislative Efforts to Diminish Tribal Sovereignty in Oklahoma
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The National Congress of American Indians issued the following statement by President Fawn Sharp: "Last week's historic Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma was pivotal for its recognition of tribal sovereignty and the perpetual sanctity of treaties with tribal nations. "As the decision states, 'The most authoritative evidence of the Creek's relationship to the land lies ... in the treaties and statutes that promised the land to the Tribe in the first place.'   more

Okla. Corrections Dept. Works to Contain Spread of Virus at Lexington Prison
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 23 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: Mimicking state trends, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is experiencing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, increasing the cumulative total to 103 across the state. In the past 24 hours, 87 inmates inside one housing unit at the Lexington Correctional Center tested positive for COVID-19. ODOC has placed these inmates in isolation, all of whom reported no symptoms prior to testing. Earlier in t  more

Okla. Department of Corrections to Vacate Cimarron Correctional Facility
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 18 -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections issued the following news: In an effort to compensate for a $24.4 million budget decrease for Fiscal Year 2021, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) will vacate the privately operated Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing. During negotiations with our private vendors, ODOC offered to decrease the number of beds in each of three private facilities by 500. ODOC believes this would have allowed all private facilities t  more

Oklahoma City Community College to Offer Toyota Education College Support
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 22 -- Oklahoma City Community College issued the following news on July 21: Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) announced a new partnership with Gulf States Toyota to offer a Toyota Education College Support (TECS) program. Students enrolled in the Automotive Internship Program (ATIP) will work on Toyota components and complete specific training modules above and beyond the standard degree program. The program provides a direct solution to the shortage of qualif  more

Oklahoma City Community College Unveils Solar-Powered EV Charging Station
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 21 -- Oklahoma City Community College issued the following news: Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) has unveiled its new, fully-operational, solar-powered, level-two electric vehicle (EV) charging station in parking lot A2 on its campus in southwest Oklahoma City. The project was completed in partnership with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). "We are so pleased to have this innovative tech  more

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 21 -- The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following news release: The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on Congressman John Lewis' passing from Alicia Andrews, ODP Chair. "I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our most respected and endeared civil rights heroes, Congressman John Lewis," stated Alicia Andrews. "Lewis leaves behind a legacy that will impact generations to come for decades and hopefully will continue to encou  more

Oklahoma Democratic Party Mourns an Icon
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 21 -- The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following news release: The Oklahoma Democratic Party mourns the passing of U.S. Congressman John Lewis, legendary activist and civil rights leader who was known for his life-risking actions for justice, humility, and forgiveness. John Lewis inspired a movement fighting racism and civil injustice. Lewis was a follower and friend of Martin Luther King Jr., participating alongside him in lunch counter sit-ins, joined th  more

Oklahoma Democratic Party: Siphoning Public Education Funding Unacceptable
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 22 -- The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following news release: The Oklahoma Democratic Party released the following statement on Stitt funding private school scholarships: "Diverting emergency funds to private education is a foul move right out of Trump and Betsy DeVos's handbook. Stitt is taking advantage of a pandemic crisis to steer money that should be designated for public education based on the percentage of students served. Unlike private schools th  more

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and EPA Proposed Removal of Tulsa Fuel, Manufacturing Superfund Site From National Priorities List
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 24 -- The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality issued the following joint news release: The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are proposing removal of the Tulsa Fuel and Manufacturing Superfund site from the National Priorities List (NPL). DEQ and EPA have determined that all remediation, which is protective of public health, welfare, and the environment, has been completed and no further c  more

Oklahoma Department of Human Services Providers Encouraged to Apply for Reimbursement for COVID-related Expenses by July 31
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 22 -- The Oklahoma Department of Human Services issued the following news release: In an effort to support the public and private partners who serve alongside Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS), the agency is advocating for CARES Act reimbursement for providers who have incurred extra cleaning, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or other extraordinary expenses due to COVID-19./* "Our community partners and providers have been a critical resource to our customers and  more

Oklahoma Department of Human Services: School-Based Services Program Expands to Support Schools and Children Across Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 23 -- The Oklahoma Department of Human Services issued the following news release: Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) is excited to announce the expansion of the School-Based Services Program in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) and local school districts. This program expansion will allow the agency and partnered schools to hire 40 more School-Based Specialists (SBS) to support children and families across the state. The application  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces $30 Million Education Allocation Plan
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 18 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Gov. Kevin Stitt announced $30 million from the GEER fund will go toward funding three new education initiatives - Learn Anywhere Oklahoma, Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet and Stay in School Funds. The Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is an extraordinarily flexible "emergency block grant" designed to   more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces Governor's Dashboard of Metrics
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 18 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced the launch of the Governor's Dashboard of Metrics, providing Oklahomans with an overview of the progress being made in the State's efforts to become Top Ten in critical categories. "Oklahoma can and should be a Top Ten State," said Gov. Stitt. "In order to ensure we are effectively pursuing this vision, we have created an easy to understand scorecard that helps ou  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Appoints Oklahoma County District Judge
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 18 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced the appointment of Sheila Stinson as a District Judge for Oklahoma County. "Judge Stinson is a dedicated and proven legal professional" said Gov. Stitt. "Her years spent in private practice, combined with her experience serving as an Oklahoma County Special Judge, has prepared her to step into this role. I look forward to seeing her serve the people of Oklahoma Co  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Forms Commission to Advise State of Oklahoma Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 21 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt issued Executive Order 2020-24, announcing the formation of The Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty to address concerns and make recommendations to the State and the U.S. Congress in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions in McGirt v. Oklahoma and Sharp v. Murphy. "We know that there is a lot of unpredictability right now," said Gov. Stitt. "We are comm  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt: Oklahoma June Unemployment Rate Declines Significantly, Tied for Fifth Lowest Nationally
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 21 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: New figures released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor show Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 6.6% in June, a significant decrease from 12.6% in May. Oklahoma is tied with Maine for the fifth lowest rate in the country, a ranking which is reflected on the newly-launched Governor's Dashboard of Metrics. The national unemploy  more

Oklahoma Panhandle State University HLC Quality Initiative Project a Success
GOODWELL, Oklahoma, July 21 -- Oklahoma Panhandle State University issued the following news release: Oklahoma Panhandle State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The last comprehensive evaluation for accreditation occurred in 2010. As part of its reaccreditation the university is on what the commission calls the Open Pathway. The Open Pathway program is one of three options that an instituti  more

Oklahoma State University: If It's Tick Season, It's Bobcat Fever Season
STILLWATER, Oklahoma, July 21 -- Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: If you have a cat who goes outdoors during the summer, keep a careful eye out for any ticks on it. A tick bite could cause cytauxzoonosis (bobcat fever), an acute, life-threatening disease caused by the hematoprotozoan parasite Cytauxzoon felis. The most common scenario is that a tick feeds on a bobcat in the wild infected with cytauxzoon and then feeds on a domestic cat. As a result, two common risk   more

San Diego State University: New Study Investigates COVID-19 Risks at Indoor Events
SAN DIEGO, California, July 22 -- San Diego State University issued the following news release: Eighteen days after President Donald Trump's June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, researchers revealed data concluding that the rally did not result in an expected COVID-19 "superspreader" threat. The study, released last week by the National Bureau of Economics Research, is the first to explore whether the event contributed to a surge in the spread of COVID-19. The working paper, "Did President Trump  more

University of Louisiana-Lafayette: Globally Recognized Scholar Chosen to Lead Moody College of Business
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana, July 21 -- The University of Louisiana's Lafayette Campus issued the following news story on July 20: Dr. Linda Nichols is the new dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Nichols comes to UL Lafayette from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. There, she served as dean of the Collins College of Business. She joined the Tulsa faculty in 2011 as associate dean, director of Graduate Business Programs and a pro  more

University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine: Research Shows Early Childhood Education Teachers Face Hurdles to Well-Being
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, July 23 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: Studies consistently show that birth to age 5 is a critical development window when children achieve cognitive and physical milestones that are important for their future health. However, much less research has been conducted on the well-being of early childhood education teachers -- those who guide children during those developmental years. To better understand the health and well-b  more