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State lawmakers have pushed through two bills adding additional hurdles to the initiative petition process as part of a Republican-backed response to successful citizen-led ballot measures on Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana and criminal justice reform.

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The names of 11 law enforcement officers and one canine partner who died in the line of duty in Oklahoma will be dedicated on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial during the 53rd annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial Service, set for 10 a.m. Friday.

Good nutrition starts at an early age and is vital for living a healthy life. Oklahoma State University Extension’s Community Nutrition Education Program is working with children ages 6 to 15 to help improve overall health.

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Western Plains Youth and Family Services (WPYFS) was named the winner of the Non-Profit Excellence Award in the Youth category at the 14th Annual Oklahoma Nonprofits Excellence (ONE) Awards Ceremony. This prestigious award is presented annually by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP).

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Almost 50 people attended the Custom Harvest & Farm Safety Day at the Woodward County Event Center and Fairgrounds for a full day of education on Tuesday.

Known for confidence she instills in students, Woodward Middle School South math teacher Susan Moyer has won the Middle School-Junior High Educator Merit Award by the Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation.

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Last week, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 1674 from Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, and Rep. Kevin West, R-Moore. The bill shields drivers from criminal or civil liability if they injure or kill someone while fearful for their life and attempting to “flee a riot.” State law defines a riot as three or more people acting violently or using force after threatening to do so.

The Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA) announced that Dale Spradlin of Buffalo Public Schools has been named as the 2021 OASA District 2 Superintendent of the Year. Spradlin will be recognized at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) Summer Lead…

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A Woodward man died Friday from injuries suffered in an accident, said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

A$2.2-billion plan to privatize Medicaid in Oklahoma has generated a flurry of dubious claims by both supporters and opponents.

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Patricia Castillo, in her Niagara Falls, NY home, shares a photo of her parents. Her mother, Ruth Sandonato, died from a COVID-19 infection at Newfane Rehab & Health Care Center in May 2020.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Abuse and neglect complaints filed with the state’s long-term care ombudsman’s office increased nearly 59% during the first 14 months of the pandemic — the period that the state halted federally-mandated inspections that are supposed to flag issues with staffing and quality of care.

Custom Harvest & Farm Safety Day will be Tuesday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Woodward County Event Center & Fairgrounds.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The governor on Wednesday lent his John Hancock to a bill by House Speaker Pro Tempore Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa, intended to help students become more informed and engaged citizens, according to a media release.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Wednesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress that the nation is “turning peril into possibility,” celebrating progress against the coronavirus and urging a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that …

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is $25 billion in funds provided directly to states, U.S. Territories, local governments, and Indian tribes to assist households experiencing financial hardship due to covid, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

This week, one Oklahoma county is in the “orange" risk level, 59 are in the "yellow" risk level, and 17 are in the "green" risk level for the COVID-19 Risk Level System. OSDH continues to monitor closely the statewide hospitalization trends for COVID-19.

Summer learning, modeled from the Boomer exSTREAM after school program, will begin soon. Grades K-6 will be offered Monday through Thursday in June and July.

This week, Beaver County will deploy new life-saving equipment to improve 911 services for residents, including Enhanced 911 service with cellular phone location technology. This technology will allow emergency telecommunicators to receive an address along with map information for both wirel…

Oklahomans will now have an extra year and a half to get the Real ID as the federal government has extended the deadline from this October to May of 2023.

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Woodward County Commissioners had a video conference with Jill Geiger Consulting, LLC Representative Keri Runkle regarding $489,000 in unspent CARES Act funds.

Weather outlooks show strong potential for severe weather, including flash flooding, hail, high winds and tornadoes, this week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Storm Prediction Center.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) issued the following statement after the CDC and FDA announced their recommendation to resume distribution and administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The decision comes after the CDC and FDA recommendation to pause use of the vaccine on April 13 that cited an occurrence of rare blood clotting responses in six Americans, according to the media release.

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The Woodward County Health Department announced Wednesday that seven local entities have been awarded Certified Healthy status for 2020.

The April distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from February business. Companies that remit more than $2,500 monthly in sales tax receipts are required to file and pay electronically. The monies they reported this period…

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