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State Tipoffs Involving Oklahoma Newsletter for Sunday May 17, 2020 ( 17 items )  

Lee Enterprises: Bernie Heller Named President, Director of Local Sales, Marketing for Tulsa World
DAVENPORT, Iowa, May 13 -- Lee Enterprises, a provider of local news, information and advertising, issued the following news release: Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a leading provider of news, information and advertising in 77 markets, announced that Bernie Heller has been named president and director of local sales and marketing for the Tulsa World in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The appointment is effective immediately. Former Publisher Gloria Fletcher has left the company. "Bernie is a dyna  more

National Congress of American Indians Issues Statement on McGirt Vs. Oklahoma Case
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- The National Congress of American Indians issued the following statement on May 11 by CEO Kevin Allis: After today's oral arguments in McGirt v. Oklahoma, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) remains confident in the Supreme Court process. While some may attempt to broaden the narrative about this case, either by misrepresenting the complicated history of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, or by providing inaccurate data suggesting the sky over eastern Oklahoma is f  more

Okla. A.G. Hunter Applauds House and Senate Members for Legislation Creating Opioid Abatement Board
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 16 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following news release: Attorney General Mike Hunter commended members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Senate, who voted to create the Oklahoma Opioid Abatement Board. The board will be responsible for distributing around $25 million from settlements the attorney general reached with opioid manufacturers to eligible cities and counties. The members will develop and implement procedures for the   more

Okla. A.G. Hunter Issues Comments Following Oral Arguments in McGirt v. Oklahoma at Supreme Court
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 12 -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case: "On behalf of the state of Oklahoma, I want to thank the U.S. Supreme Court justices for the time and attention given to this important case," Attorney General Hunter said. "Our argument was based on the fact that the Muscogee (Creek) domain was disestablished by Congress to make way for Oklahoma as a new state   more

Okla. State Sen. Scott Confirms Gaddis to Forensic Review Board
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 13 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Senate has unanimously approved Gov. Kevin Stitt's executive nomination of Duncan attorney, Jan Gaddis, to serve on the Forensic Review Board. Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, carried the nomination before the Senate Public Safety Committee last month and before the full Senate Monday afternoon. "Mrs. Gaddis has long been a pillar in our community and around the state helping people fight for their ri  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Amends Executive Order, Allows Odaff to Assist Processing Plants
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 13 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release on May 12: Governor Kevin Stitt issued a sixth amendment to Executive Order 2020-13 to allow the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to assist with potential livestock processing facility disruptions. "Oklahoma's ag producers, who play a critical role in providing food for millions of people worldwide, are currently facing many difficult decisions during this unprecedented time,  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Announces Bipartisan Group of Legislators to Help Advise on CARES Act Reimbursements
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 13 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt announced a bipartisan legislative advisory group to work with his administration to effectively distribute approximately $1.2 billion in federal funds provided to Oklahoma under the CARES Act. "The legislators on this committee have the pulse of the communities they serve," said Gov. Stitt. "I've said that Oklahoma is better when we work together, and I am excited to have t  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Issues Statement on Proposed FY 2021 Budget
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 15 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following statement after his veto on the legislature's proposed fiscal 2021 budget (S.B. 1922): "This budget was created behind closed doors, without meaningful input or consultation from the Executive Branch. "This proposed budget does not reflect the values of Oklahoma or the clear directive voters gave elected officials at the ballot box of living within our means and making hard decisions when times get tough. "I  more

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Vetoes Three Budget Bills, Calls for Legislature to Re-Evaluate Current Budget
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 15 -- Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Governor Kevin Stitt vetoed House Bill 2741, House Bill 2742 and House Bill 2743. House Bill 2741 and House Bill 2742 would reduce the percentage of revenue appropriated in FY 2021 to the Teachers' Retirement System, Oklahoma Firefighters' Pension and Retirement Fund, Police Pension and Retirement System, and Law Enforcement Retirement Fund and increase revenue appropriated to the 1017 Education  more

Oklahoma Senate Approves COLA for State Retirees
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 16 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release on May 15: The full Senate has approved a bill giving a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) to state retirees. The measure was approved Friday on a bipartisan vote of 41-5. Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 3350. The bill grants COLAs to those in the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System, the Unifo  more

Oklahoma Senate Approves Sgt. Schoolfield Line of Duty Disability Act
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 16 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Senate unanimously approved legislation Friday to ensure police officers seriously injured in the line of duty can get full disability benefits. House Bill 3330, by Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, creates the Sergeant Schoolfield Line of Duty Disability Act named after Matthew Schoolfield, a 10-year veteran of the Chickasha Police Department, who was shot three times in the line of duty on Sept. 17  more

Oklahoma State Senate Advanced Mobility Pilot Program Passes the House, Headed to Governor's Desk
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 15 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: A measure creating the Oklahoma Advanced Mobility Pilot Program to further state investment in emerging advanced transportation technologies gained approval from the House of Representatives on Tuesday and now moves to Governor Stitt's desk for his signature. Contingent upon availability of funds, Senate Bill 1688 by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, would house the program under the Oklahoma Depart  more

Oklahoma State Senate Approves Bill to Improve Rural Broadband Access
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 13 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The full Senate has given approval to a measure that will ultimately help improve broadband access throughout rural Oklahoma. House Bill 4018 creates the Rural Broadband Expansion Act. Authored by Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, and House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and coauthored by Rep. Logan Phillips, R-Mounds, the bill was approved unanimously on Tuesday. Leewright, who chairs the Senate B  more

Oklahoma State Senate Meat Consumer Protection Act Heads to Governor's Desk
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 14 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Oklahoma Meat Consumer Protection Act passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday and now heads to Governor Stitt's desk. House Bill 3806 is authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, and Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin. It clearly defines that the terms "beef" and "pork" can only be used to describe products deriving from cattle or pigs; brings parity with federal law by mirroring the definitions f  more

Oklahoma State Senate: Harpe Confirmed as OMES Director
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 14 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: Steven Harpe has received official confirmation by the full Senate to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES). The Tulsan was appointed by Gov. Stitt in January and his executive nomination was carried in the Senate by Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow. "Mr. Harpe is a proven leader and innovative businessman. In his short time at OMES, he has completely revol  more

University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine: Stephenson Cancer Center Developing App for Cancer Patients During COVID-19
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, May 14 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: An oncologist and a mobile health researcher at Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine are creating an app that will monitor the well-being of patients with cancer during the time of COVID-19. The National Cancer Institute funded a grant for the rapid creation of the app and a study on its effectiveness. Stephenson Cancer Center plans to enroll 500 patients who are receiving chemothe  more

University of Oklahoma-College of Medicine: Journal Publication Addresses Gap in Psychiatric Care for Children and Adolescents
TULSA, Oklahoma, May 15 -- The University of Oklahoma's College of Medicine issued the following news: Four physicians with OU Physicians Tulsa have co-authored a paper about often-untreated psychiatric disorders in children, recently published in the Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. OU-TU School of Community Medicine faculty members are Andrew Liew, M.D., assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director of Medical Student Education, George Kaiser Family Foundation Profes  more