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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday March 15, 2020 ( 14 items )  

A.G. Hunter Announces Price Gouging Statute in Effect Statewide Following Federal Emergency Declaration Regarding Coronavirus
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 14 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter announced the state's price gouging statute is in effect statewide following Pres. Donald Trump's emergency declaration regarding COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. The price gouging statute, or the Emergency Price Stabilization Act, prohibits an increase of more than 10% for the price of goods or services after a declared emergency. The statute autom  more

A.G. Hunter Files Brief Opposing California's Restrictive Livestock Regulations
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 11 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined a brief in support of the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation in their lawsuit against the state of California's Proposition 12 rule that burdens every farmer, rancher and consumer of U.S. agricultural products. The brief, signed by 15 state attorneys general, says the rule violates the Commerce Clause of the U  more

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Will Waive Member Copays and Deductibles for COVID-19 Tests
TULSA, Oklahoma, March 10 -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma issued the following news release: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) members will have access to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionexternal link (CDC) and prescribed by health providers. Effective immediately, BCBSOK will not require preauthorization and will not apply members' copays or deductibles for testing to diagnose COVID-19 when medically n  more

Cherokee Nation Taking Proactive Approaches to Prepare For Coronavirus
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma, March 11 -- The Cherokee Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, issued the following news release: The Cherokee Nation continues efforts to help its tribal citizens, employees, health centers and schools educate and prepare for the coronavirus within the Cherokee Nation. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Cherokee Nation, the tribe wants citizens to stay informed and take precautions to reduce risk. The federal government passed an $8.3 b  more

Gov. Herbert and Lt. Governor Cox Statement on Positive Case of COVID-19 on the Utah Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 13 -- Gov. Gary R. Herbert, R-Utah, issued the following statement: * * * - NBA announces decision to suspend season following tonight's games * * * This evening, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox were informed that a player on the Utah Jazz has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while in Oklahoma City, and that the team is being screened as a precautionary measure. The NBA also announced it has suspended the season following tonig  more

Mike and Martha Larsen Create Third Set of Portraits Honoring Chickasaw Elders
SULPHUR, Oklahoma, March 12 -- The Chickasaw Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, issued the following news release: Chickasaw artist Mike Larsen honored 28 Chickasaw elders as part of an ongoing portraiture project, unveiling 24 paintings at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur. "Listening to Our Elders" is on display in the Aaittafama' Building on the campus of the Chickasaw Cultural Center. "Our elders are a national treasure, and this project is one way we can celebra  more

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Andrews Issues Statement on Coronavirus
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 10 -- The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following statement by Chair Alicia Andrews on the coronavirus: I understand the concern that most Oklahomans have about the coronavirus. It can be difficult to discern the truth with differing messages coming from the White House and the CDC. Therefore, the Oklahoma Democratic Party is relying on healthcare professionals to help guide us through the process of creating safety and contingency plans for our State Con  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Appoints Stacie Hixon to Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 11 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced the appointment of Stacie Hixon to the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. "I'm thrilled to appoint Ms. Hixon, one of Oklahoma's sharpest legal minds, to the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals," said Gov. Stitt. "Her significant appellate experience uniquely positions her to serve as an outstanding member on the Court, and I appreciate her willingness to leave private   more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Appoints Woodward County Associate District Judge
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 11 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced the appointment of Erin Kirksey as the associate district judge for Woodward County. "Erin's time as a municipal judge and assistant district attorney, coupled with her private practice experience, has prepared her for this important position," said Gov. Stitt. "I look forward to seeing her bring her expertise and work ethic to the table in order to serve the pe  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Welcomes New Chief of Communications to Staff
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 11 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced he has named Charlie Hannema as his new chief of communications. "I am pleased to welcome Charlie to our team," said Gov. Stitt. "As a journalist at heart, he understands the important role our news media plays in an informed society, and his strategic thinking will help my administration find new ways to reach Oklahomans and engage them in the work we are doing   more

Osage Nation Elder Gardens 2020!
PAWHUSKA, Oklahoma, March 10 -- The Osage Nation, a federally-recognized Native American tribe, issued the following news release: The Osage Nation (ON) Public Health Nursing/Health Education (PHN/HE) Program and the Osage Nation Community Health Representatives (CHR) program have combined efforts to create unique garden beds for our Osage Elders to enjoy this spring. The garden beds are located behind the Osage Nation Civic Center. ONPHN manages the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country   more

University of Arkansas: Biology Researcher Receives Award for Work on Ozark Fish Communities
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, March 12 -- The University of Arkansas issued the following news: The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society presented the Jimmie Pigg Memorial Outstanding Student Achievement Award to Zachery D. Zbinden, a doctoral student in the Department of Biological Sciences, during the society's annual meeting in Little Rock Feb. 20-23. The award was named posthumously for Jimmie Pigg, a fisheries biologist for 20-pus years with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Co  more

University of Oklahoma Board of Regents Elects Officers for 2020-2021
NORMAN, Oklahoma, March 12 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: The officers for the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents have been set. Gary Pierson of Denver, who was elected the board's next chairman at its October 2019 meeting, will lead the board during the 2020-2021 term. At the board's regular March meeting, Frank Keating of Oklahoma City was elected vice chairman. Pierson was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Kevin Stitt in 2019. He serves as exe  more

University of Oklahoma Names New Dean of the OU College of Engineering
NORMAN, Oklahoma, March 10 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: The University of Oklahoma announced the appointment of John Klier, Ph.D., as dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering, pending OU Board of Regents' approval. He will begin his role at OU July 1. Klier will join OU from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he serves as professor and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Before serving on the faculty at UMass Amherst in 2015, Klier  more