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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday April 26, 2020 ( 16 items )  

As State Begins to Eye Re-opening of Economy, Okla. State Sen. Standridge Urges Leaders to Put 'Oklahoma First!'
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 22 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: For the past several years, State Sen. Rob Standridge has been urging both the public and private sectors to put "Oklahoma First!" to better promote and support Oklahoma businesses, services and products. As the president and governor look toward opening the economy back up, Standridge is renewing that call. "This has been a priority for me as a Senator--every year, millions of dollars in contract  more

City of Tulsa: Fire Chief Ray Driskell Announces Retirement
TULSA, Oklahoma, April 22 -- The city of Tulsa issued the following news: After 35 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Tulsa, Fire Chief Ray Driskell will retire effective April 30, 2020. Chief Driskell began his career with the Tulsa Fire Department in 1993. He was hired as a firefighter at Station 29 and promoted through the ranks serving as a fire equipment operator, captain, district chief, chief of finance, assistant chief, fire marshall, and deputy chief of field operations. He  more

City of Tulsa: Street Reconstruction to Begin April 21 on West Sixth, Seventh Streets, South Denver to Jackson Avenues
TULSA, Oklahoma, April 21 -- The city of Tulsa issued the following news: A street reconstruction project on West Sixth Street and West Seventh Street, between South Denver Avenue and South Jackson Avenue, is scheduled to begin on April 21. Work will begin with waterline replacement. Traffic changes for the beginning phases of the project will include the following: * Seventh Street between Southwest Boulevard and Houston Avenue will be limited to one lane in each direction. * Sixth Street   more

East Central University Utilizes S.H.A.R.E. Fund to Assist Students
ADA, Oklahoma, April 24 -- East Central University issued the following news: As the coronavirus continues to scramble lives and negatively impact the economy, East Central University is making sure its students receive the assistance they may need. The ECU Student Help and Resources in Emergencies (S.H.A.R.E.) Fund is being utilized to assist students during the coronavirus pandemic. The University has launched a "Help A Tiger" campaign in direct response to the adverse impact the pandemic ha  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter Recognizes Victims' Rights Week, Reminds Victims Resources Are Still Available Amid Pandemic
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 22 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: In recognizing National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Attorney General Mike Hunter issued a reminder to victims of domestic abuse or child abuse that shelters and other crisis centers are still operating amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The prompt for victims to seek help comes as law enforcement officials in some areas of the state have seen an increase of calls in response to domestic vi  more

Okla. State Regents for Higher Education Extend Chancellor Search Process Due to Uncertainty Surrounding COVID-19 Crisis
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 24 -- Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education issued the following news release: The social and economic turmoil caused by the nation's struggle with the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the State Regents' ability to search for, and hire, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson's successor. After consultation with national higher education leadership organizations and search firms, the State Regents' Chancellor Search Committee has chosen to delay the search  more

Okla. State Sen. Dahm Files Legislation to Open Oklahoma Businesses While Protecting Public Health
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 23 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of businesses across the state and left tens of thousands of Oklahomans out of work. Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed a bill on Wednesday that would allow these businesses to re-open and their employees to work. Senate Bill 1X, also known as the "Oklahoma Return to Work and Bill of Rights Conformity Act," acknowledges the successful work Okl  more

Okla. State Sen. Floyd Issues Statement on State Board of Equalization Meeting
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 21 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement: Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement in response to Monday's Oklahoma State Board of Equalization meeting: "Monday's Board of Equalization meeting confirmed what we already know--many Oklahomans are struggling, and our state is facing unprecedented challenges. Oklahoma's economy has taken a hit from historically low oil prices and the global COVID-19 pan  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Signs Two New Gaming Compacts With the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and Comanche Nation
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 22 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release on April 21: Governor Kevin Stitt joined Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John Shotton and Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson in signing two new gaming compacts. Each new compact establishes clarity and certainty for each sovereign party; expands gaming opportunities for the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe, keeping in mind the dynamic, evolving nature of the gaming industry; provides  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Talks With President Trump About 25th Anniversary of OKC Bombing and COVID-19 Response
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 21 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: President Donald J. Trump spoke to Governor Kevin Stitt by phone yesterday to recognize the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and discuss the Federal-State partnership in response to COVID-19. "I appreciate the leadership of President Trump, who took the time to recognize this important milestone for our state and people as we remember and continue to move forward," said Gov. Stitt  more

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Faculty Building Face Shields for Western Oklahoma Facilities
WEATHERFORD, Oklahoma, April 24 -- Southwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Nursing homes, assisted living centers and other health-related facilities in western Oklahoma will soon receive face shields that were built by faculty in the Department of Engineering Technology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Nathan Brooks, chair of the department, said the department wanted to do something to assist individuals on the front lines of the COV  more

Statement From Oklahoma State Senate Democratic Leader on Governor's Announcement of Plans to Reopen Oklahoma Businesses
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 23 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement: Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Stitt's announcement on Wednesday of plans to reopen Oklahoma businesses: "The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt many of Oklahoma's small businesses and their employees. "We agree preparations must be made to safely reopen these businesses and put Oklahomans back to work but this must be d  more

Tulsa: Mayor Economic Recovery Advisory Committee Formed to Help Restore Tulsa Economy Amid COVID-19 Response
TULSA, Oklahoma, April 20 -- The city of Tulsa issued the following news: The City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Regional Chamber announced the creation of the Mayor's Economic Recovery Advisory Committee to help guide near-term strategy around Tulsa's economic recovery while also identifying long-term opportunities for growth as the Tulsa community responds to the COVID-19 threat. "As we manage a public health crisis using guidance from independent local public health experts, so too will we rely u  more

University of Nebraska Lincoln: Detweiler, Houston Contribute to New NASA Project
LINCOLN, Nebraska, April 23 -- The University of Nebraska Lincoln campus issued the following news release: Carrick Detweiler, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Adam Houston, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, will be working on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's University Leadership Initiative as part of the Oklahoma State University team. It is one of five university teams selected to examine a range of  more

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Files for FDA Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Detection Test Utilizing Fluidigm Technology
NORMAN, Oklahoma, April 24 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: OU Medicine, the OU Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation collaborated to create a new test for COVID-19 using technology and reagents from Fluidigm Corporation, an innovative biotechnology tools provider. The test is intended for large-scale testing of patients across the OU Medicine healthcare system, with the capacity to test 180,000 samples over the next 90 days. High-c  more

University of Oklahoma Medicine, Others File for FDA Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Detection Test Utilizing Fluidigm Technology
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 24 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: OU Medicine, the OU Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation collaborated to create a new test for COVID-19 using technology and reagents from Fluidigm Corporation, an innovative biotechnology tools provider. The test is intended for large-scale testing of patients across the OU Medicine healthcare system, with the capacity to test 180,000 samples over the   more