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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday February 16, 2020 ( 11 items )  

Cherokee Nation Donates Surplus Equipment to Schools, Organizations
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma, Feb. 13 -- The Cherokee Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, issued the following news release: The Council of the Cherokee Nation unanimously authorized the donation of surplus equipment to several entities during the legislative body's February meeting. Donations included a metal frame building to Zion Public School in Adair County; equipment to Grand Lake Mental Health Center in Jay; office equipment to Native American Fellowship, Inc. in Nowata County;  more

McAfee & Taft Names Three New Practice Leaders for 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, Feb. 13 -- McAfee and Taft, a law firm, issued the following news, dated Feb. 10: The board of directors of McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma's largest law firm, has appointed shareholders Cliff Dougherty, Scott McCreary, and Kirk Turner to serve as new practice leaders for the 2020 term. Cliff Dougherty, a patent lawyer with 35 years experience practicing exclusively in all aspects of intellectual property law and litigation, has been named as leader of the firm's Intellectual   more

Oklahoma A.G. Hunter: State Officials Announce Plans to Resume Execution by Lethal Injection
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, Feb. 14 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: * * * - Updated protocol includes recommendations by 2016 multicounty grand jury * * * State officials including Gov. Kevin Stitt, Attorney General Mike Hunter and Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Scott Crow announced that the state has found a reliable supply of drugs to resume executions by lethal injection. The state will use an updated version of the previous protocol tha  more

Oklahoma Democratic Party: Luttrell, Walke to Co-Chair House Native American Caucus
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, Feb. 15 -- The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following news release: Guests from several Native American tribes were in attendance recently for this legislative session's first meeting of the Oklahoma House of Representatives' Native American Caucus. During the meeting, it was announced that State Rep. Ken Luttrell (R-Ponca City) will serve as co-chair of the caucus this year alongside Rep. Collin Walke (D-Oklahoma City). "I thank the members and our tribal fri  more

Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus Announces 2020 Agenda
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, Feb. 11 -- The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following news release on Feb. 10: The Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus will once again advocate for its Brand New State agenda that was released before the 2019 session, but 2020's version will contain more specifics on how Oklahoma can generate better outcomes in areas of health care, criminal justice, education, and the economy. The agenda was announced at a press conference Monday morning. "Last year, we proposed   more

OU Researchers Awarded NASA Grant to Study Emerging Disease Threats, Including New Coronavirus
NORMAN, Oklahoma, Feb. 6 [TNSgrants] -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Oklahoma has been awarded a $730,000 grant from NASA to better understand emerging infectious disease threats in the region of Central Asia, including the 2019 novel coronavirus that is spreading from China. The research team will study coronavirus and other disease outbreaks that are "zoonotic" - meaning they evolved in part as a r  more

OU Tulsa Physician Provides Education on Implicit Bias
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, Feb. 13 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: In healthcare, as in many areas of society, people take in mountains of information every day and often make decisions subconsciously without asking the conscious brain to weigh in. Many times, those decisions are sound and lead to good outcomes. But subconscious decision-making, by its nature, opens the door to implicit bias. Even though implicit bias occurs outside of a person's aw  more

Public Service Company of Oklahoma Announces $250,000 AEP Foundation Grant to Expand Reading Partners in Tulsa Public Schools
TULSA, Oklahoma, Feb. 14 -- Public Service Company of Oklahoma issued the following news release: Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), announced a $250,000 grant from the AEP Foundation that will provide funding to Reading Partners to help expand academic tutoring in Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) over the next five years. The commitment from the AEP Foundation to Reading Partners will provide resources for its unique K-4th grade literacy and men  more

Reed Smith Energy Team Reps Greenfield Midstream in $155 Million Pipeline Deal
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 13 -- Reed Smith, a law firm, issued the following news release: * * * - Acquisition of 20% Membership Interest in Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC includes commitments for up to 100,000 bpd of crude oil * * * A cross-office Reed Smith team represented Greenfield Midstream, LLC in a $155 million transaction to acquire a 20% membership interest in Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC. Saddlehorn owns and operates a pipeline system that runs from the DJ and Powder River basin  more

SSC to Undergo Accreditation Site Visit Later This Month
SEMINOLE, Oklahoma, Feb. 14 -- Seminole State College issued the following news: Seminole State College will undergo an Accreditation Site Visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on Monday and Tuesday, February 24 - 25. This site visit is a regular part of the College's ongoing accreditation processes, representing a culmination of efforts over the last ten years. SSC received full accreditation status in 2010 after its previous HLC Accreditation Site Visit. A team of five HLC Peer Revie  more

University of Alabama Names Myron Pope Vice President for Student Life
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, Feb. 15 -- The University of Alabama issued the following news: Dr. Myron L. Pope, an Alabama native who earned three degrees from the Capstone, has been named The University of Alabama's vice president for student life effective May 4. Pope comes to UA after a distinguished higher education career in Oklahoma. He was in student affairs and enrollment management at the University of Central Oklahoma, including 14 years in vice presidential roles. Most recently he has serve  more