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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 19 items )  

Northwestern English Faculty Members Publish Book Collection on Popular Culture
ALVA, Oklahoma, May 5 -- Northwestern Oklahoma State University issued the following news release: Dr. Roxie James, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Kathryn Lane, associate professor of English and chair of the English, Foreign Language and Humanities Department at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, have published "Criminals as Heroes in Popular Culture" through Palgrave Macmillan, a world-renowned publishing company. James has a master's degree in English Literature from Northwest  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter Calls for Norman Mayor to Include Places of Worship in Phase One of Reopening
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 8 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter called for Norman Mayor Breea Clark to amend her 'Healthier at Home' plan to include places of worship in Phase One. The mayor's current goal for reopening places of worship is in Phase One B, set for May 15. Both state and federal law limit the mayor's authority to restrict the free exercise of religion and for peaceable assembly. Attorney General Hunter sai  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter: Governor Cannot Enter Into Compacts With Tribes That Authorize Gaming Activity Prohibited by Law
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 6 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter issued an official opinion sought by Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall that says the governor lacks authority to enter into and bind the state to compacts with Indian tribes that authorize gaming activity prohibited by state law. The opinion was requested by the House and Senate leadership following the governor's compact agr  more

Okla. State Sen. Daniels Approves Measure Aimed at Limiting Liability for Health Care Providers and Facilities During Pandemic
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 7 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, has won full Senate approval for a measure limiting liability for health care providers and facilities responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daniels said those responding to the outbreak in Oklahoma will be protected from those alleging injury as a result of their treatment or care during this health emergency. "Providers and facilities have been working around the  more

Okla. State Sen. McCortney Wins Senate Passage of Bill to Assist First Responders/law Enforcement During Pandemics
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 8 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The full Senate has approved legislation to better protect law enforcement and other first responders during a pandemic. Sen. Greg McCortney, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, is the author of House Bill 2938 which was approved by the full Senate on Thursday. "Under the governor's health emergency order declared earlier this spring, law enforcement and first responders answerin  more

Okla. State Sen. Scott Praises Passage of Absentee Voting Measure
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 8 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement on May 7: On Thursday, the Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 210 allowing alternative procedures for absentee ballots during elections held in 2020. The bill allows anyone who requests an absentee ballot to attach a photocopy of certain identification cards with their ballot instead of having the ballot notarized. It also sets a process for absentee ballots to be delivered to registered voters res  more

Okla. State Treasurer McDaniel: Coronavirus Strikes State Gross Receipts
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 8 -- Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel issued the following news release: April Gross Receipts to the Treasury plunged by more than half a billion dollars as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts Oklahoma's economy, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced. Gross receipts in April total $1.08 billion, a drop of $502.5 million, or 31.8 percent, from April 2019. The economic impact of the pandemic is spread across all major revenue streams, but is most evident in   more

Oklahoma City Community College Receives $25,000 Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency Grant
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 7 [TNSgrants] -- Oklahoma City Community College issued the following news: Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) received a $25,000 emergency award from Oklahoma Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency Grants (H.O.P.E. Grants). The H.O.P.E. Grant helps cultural organizations in Oklahoma which have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Oklahoma City Community College is the only college in Oklahoma to receive the H.O.P.E. Grant and the college will use th  more

Oklahoma State Senate Advances FY'21 Budget Bills
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 6 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release on May 5: The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday advanced a series of bills as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget agreement announced earlier this week. "Oklahoma has weathered challenging times before, and we will get through this storm too. Our fiscal position is stronger today because of our actions during the last downturn and our decision last year to save money," said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg   more

Oklahoma State Senate: Capitol Access to Be Partially Restored Monday When Legislature Returns
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 4 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: Access restrictions to the State Capitol will be partially loosened Monday to restore public access, with requirements such as entry point screenings, masks, appointment only office visits, social distancing, disinfection and more remaining in place for health and safety. The protocols were developed in consultation with health professionals from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, who  more

Oklahoma State Senate: Legislature Reaches Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Agreement
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 5 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release on May 4: Legislative leaders announced a Fiscal Year 2021 state budget agreement Monday designed to hold education funding harmless while limiting most budget reductions to 4% or less amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "This is a far better budget than many expected and that should come as a relief to the citizens who rely on core services and the agencies that serve them, given the effect of both depressed  more

OU Announces Vice President for Marketing and Communications Appointment
NORMAN, Oklahoma, May 8 -- The University of Oklahoma issued the following news release: The University of Oklahoma announced today the appointment of Mackenzie Dilbeck as vice president for marketing and communications and chief communications officer, pending OU Board of Regents' approval. Dilbeck has served in the position on an interim basis since October. A national search for the position was conducted by a search committee made up of faculty, staff and administrators. Prior to joining   more

OU Health Sciences Center Diabetic Retinopathy Research Commercialized to Work Toward New Treatment
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 9 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: In people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is a frequent complication and the most common cause of vision loss. To curtail the prevalence of the devastating eye disease, University of Oklahoma researchers on both the Oklahoma City and Norman campuses have launched a pharmaceutical company to develop a new treatment. The company Excitant Therapeutics was formed to commercialize resea  more

OU Reproductive Medicine Physician Receives Grant to Further Study Frozen Embryo Transfers
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 9 [TNSgrants] -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: For couples who are unable to conceive a child on their own, in vitro fertilization has fulfilled many dreams of welcoming a baby into the family. Physicians at OU Medicine regularly perform IVF for patients and, as part of an academic medical center, they also conduct research to refine the procedure in order to achieve the best health outcomes for both mother and baby. Re  more

Statement From Okla. State Sen. Boren Regarding Voting Virtually as Session Resumes
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 5 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, released the following statement Monday regarding her decision to continue representing her district by voting and meeting virtually due to COVID-19 precautions. "I'm grateful Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat has made it possible for senators to vote virtually on matters before the entire Senate. Some of us are caring for family members with immunocompromised health   more

Statement From Okla. State Sen. Democratic Leader Floyd on FY '21 Budget Vote
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 6 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement: Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus after Tuesday's vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget: "The Oklahoma Senate passed a state budget for Fiscal Year 2021 which cuts funding by approximately 4% compared to the current year. Preparing the budget is a challenging task under normal circumstances but especially this ye  more

Statement From Okla. State Sen. Democratic Leader Floyd on New Absentee Voting Restrictions
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 8 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following statement : Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, released the following statement Thursday on behalf of the Senate Democratic Caucus after the Senate passed SB 210, legislation to impose new requirements on absentee voting in Oklahoma: "Senate Democrats stood up for Oklahomans' ability to safely exercise their constitutional right to vote. We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. No Okl  more

Tulsa: City Provides Historical Background, Releases Additional Facts on Lease Negotiations With IC Bus of Oklahoma, Navistar
TULSA, Oklahoma, May 7 -- The city of Tulsa issued the following news: In an effort to ensure the accurate reporting of all facts associated with ongoing negotiations between the City of Tulsa and IC bus of Oklahoma and their parent company Navistar International Corporation, the City of Tulsa is releasing key documents related to its lease with IC Bus of Oklahoma and independent analyses documenting IC Bus and Navistar's failure to perform maintenance, repairs, and improvements as required by   more

Vanderbilt Receives $20 Million From The William K. Warren Foundation to Further Treatments for Brain Disorders
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 6 -- Vanderbilt University issued the following news: Vanderbilt University received $20 million from The William K. Warren Foundation, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to establish the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery. The Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, led by co-directors Craig Lindsley and Jeffrey Conn, currently includes approximately 100 renowned scientists with a diverse set of interests and skills working to translate essential research ideas i  more