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Arkansas Dies Thursday Morning In Tragic Tractor-Trailer Accident

A 70-year-old Arkansas woman died Thursday morning after a tractor-trailer rig backed into a motorcycle.

A 2005 Freightliner, driven by Robert Jacka, 63, of Kansas, backed into a 2016 BMW motorcycle about 10:45 a.m. Thursday at a toll plaza near Red Rock, Oklahoma, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Report.

The motorcycle driver, Otto Ising, 57, of Arkansas, was able to avoid the reversing rig. However, his passenger, Saundra Gale Linson, 70, of Arkansas, was not able to avoid it.

Troopers state in the report that Linson died from massive injuries sustained in the collision.

Both vehicles had stopped in the eastbound coin lane of the U.S. 412 and U.S. 177 toll plaza. The tractor-trailer rig backed up because Jacka was in the wrong lane.

Troopers state in report that the cause of the collision was improper backing. Linson and Ising were wearing helmets.

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Gamma Chapter at OSU Named 2016-17 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year

Gamma Chapter at Oklahoma State University was named the 2016-17 Undergraduate Chapter of the Year during Alpha Pi Omega’s national award ceremony July 15 in Oklahoma City.

To be considered for the award, the chapter submitted a portfolio, highlighting its members’ campus involvement, individual awards and commitment to academics and community service. In addition to volunteering at the Stillwater Humane Society and the annual Remember The 10 run, chapter members regularly co-hosted social stickball and other events for the benefit of the OSU community.

With its members averaging more than five hours of community service per month each, the chapter also earned the Busy Bees of the Year award.

“Gamma Chapter is honored to receive not one, but two awards,” Gamma Chapter President Marly Fixico-Hardison said. “We are thankful for the recognition from our sisters and the Grand Keepers of the Circle. We have put in a fair amount of work this past year to get Gamma Chapter to where it is today. Our success comes from love and determination, not only from us, but from our sisters.”

Fixico-Hardison was also named Honeycomb of the Year, presented to the most outstanding new member nationally. A citizen of the Seminole Nation and a graduate of Seminole High School, Fixico-Hardison is majoring in chemical engineering with an option in biochemistry.

Choctaw Nation citizen Twauna Williams was named PI of the Year. A resident of Durant, Oklahoma, Williams is president of the Delta Pi Chapter, serves on the sorority’s national board and was named to the 2016 NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma list. She is also on the board of directors for the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association’s American Indian Alumni Society.

With more than 100 tribes represented nationwide, Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., is the country’s largest and oldest Native American Greek-letter organization. Founded on Sept. 1, 1994 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the sorority strives to provide a support network for collegiate and professional Native women in contemporary society.

 while embracing traditional cultural practices. The chapter at Oklahoma State University was established in November 2002.

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Anonymous Alumni Create Veteran Appreciation Scholarship Fund at OSU

An anonymous alumna and her husband have created the Veteran Appreciation Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma State University to benefit veterans and other military-affiliated students on campus. This is the first scholarship fund established specifically to help the veterans or a dependent that qualifies to receive the veteran’s GI Bill benefits.

“What many don’t realize is that GI Bill benefits are limited to 36 months of study, whether they’re used by a veteran or one of the veteran’s dependents,” said Rick Hansen, coordinator of Veteran Student Academic Services at OSU. “This limitation does not always allow our student veterans to reach their educational goals, so this scholarship fund represents a critical first step to help overcome that limitation.”

The largest number of veterans on campus are enrolled in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology seeking degrees that often require more than four years of study, explained Hansen. Additionally, many exhaust their benefits while earning their undergraduate degrees and less than 10 percent have benefits available for their continued education. That often means taking a full or part-time job and extending their college stay. In some cases, such as students studying with the help of the National Guard, tuition is covered, but help is needed in meeting the cost of fees, books and supplies.

Scholarship recipients can be either undergraduate or graduate students at OSU with documented financial need. They must be a U.S. military veteran, reservist, National Guardsman or the dependent of a U.S. military veteran or active duty service member.

“The establishing donors have invited everyone to join in helping build this scholarship so it can serve as many as possible and every donation of any size will be greatly appreciated,” Hansen said.

The scholarship will be funded on a non-endowed basis and that means every donation is especially important to help OSU veterans or other military-affiliated students on campus. You may give online at www.osugiving.com or mail a check to OSU Foundation, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater OK  74074.

Please designate fund #20-00380 VETERAN APPRECIATION SCHOLARSHIP or give online at:  https://secure.osugiving.com/veteran-scholarships.

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Community Members Offering Donations For New K-9 First Responder

FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

Unexpected First Responders!  Community members offering donations for new K-9

On July 12th Stillwater PD lost one of its two K-9 officers, Zena, to a sudden illness. Since that time several members of the community have stepped forward giving donations to help us purchase a new dog. The generosity of those individuals was an unexpected blessing as we debated how we would get a new dog. The actions of those citizens have started a movement.

Still yet, donations continue and one community group is planning to sell T-shirts as a fund-raiser as well as setup fund-raising booth on July 21st at the downtown Friday Food Trucks and Tunes event in block 34. We are over-whelmed by the out-pouring of support.

For anyone wishing to join the effort and make a donation the police department will continue to accept donations to buy another dog. The goal is $15,000.00. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so directly at the police department.

Make checks payable to the City of Stillwater with the note "K-9 fund" on the memo line. Tax deductible receipts are available.

If you have any questions about anyone soliciting donations for the SPD K-9 fund please call the Stillwater Police Department at 405.372.4171.
Thank you Stillwater!

Cpt. Kyle Gibbs
Stillwater Police Dept. - Services Bureau

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City of Stillwater Municipal Pool To Be Closed For Maintenance

FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The City of Stillwater Municipal Pool will close for maintenance on Friday, July 21. Staff expects to reopen the pool for the evening swim scheduled from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday.
 
For more information about the Municipal Pool, call 405.747.8090.

The pool is located in Couch Park at 801 E. 12th Ave.
 

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White House Celebrated 'Made in America Week' Monday

The White House celebrated "Made in America Week" on Monday with a display from companies located in all 50 states.  

Ditch Witch, located in Perry was the company represented from Oklahoma.

President Trump says the goal was to showcase products from the states with hopes to increase domestic manufacturing.  

“You construct and harvest the products that fill our homes, feed our families, and defend our nation, and enrich our lives.  I want to make a pledge to each one of you:  No longer are we going to allow other countries to break the rules, steal our jobs and drain our wealth—and it has been drained,” said President Donald Trump.    

Ditch Witch and others were set up on the south lawn of the White House.

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Oklahoma State University Receives Regional Award

Recognizing extraordinary community outreach, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced today that Oklahoma State University is a regional winner of the 2017 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award.

OSU now competes with three other regional winners -- East Carolina University, the University of New Hampshire and Purdue University -- for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which will be announced during the APLU Annual Meeting November 12-14 in Washington, D.C.

The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award includes a sculpture and $20,000 prize. The three other regional winners will each receive a cash prize of $5,000.

OSU’s Solutions-based Health Innovations and Nutrition Excellence (SHINE) was created in 2006 as a collaboration with the Chickasaw Nation to study nutrition and public health issues identified by Chickasaw citizens – combining cultural, historical and programming knowledge with nutrition and public health expertise. The partnership developed the Eagle Adventure program for children in the first through third grades.

Since 2007, APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to honor the engagement, scholarship, and partnerships of four-year public universities. The award recognizes programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities. The national award is named for C. Peter Magrath, APLU president from 1992 to 2005.

A team of community engagement professionals judged this round of the award. A second team will pick the national winner following presentations at the 2017 National Engagement Scholarship Conference in September.

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May Tax Numbers For City of Stillwater

City of Stillwater Chief Financial Officer Melissa Reames said the City received $2,330,914.91 in sales tax collected for May transactions, which were remitted to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in June and apportioned to the City in July. This is $234,464.40 (9.14 percent) below collections for the same month last year and under budget by $262,857.35 (10.13 percent).

According to OTC, the shortfall in sales tax is a timing difference in remittance from 2016 to 2017.

Use tax apportioned to the City in July totaled $169,016.68, which is $56,671.42 (50.44 percent) higher than collections for the same month last year and over budget by $83,813.11 (98.37 percent). Cigarette/tobacco tax apportioned in July exceeded last July by $5,321.48 (19.01 percent) and exceeded budget by $6,827.92 (25.78 percent). Lodging tax finished FY17 ahead of FY16 by $65,045.26 (8.82 percent) and over budget by $102,609.58 (14.66 percent).  
 

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National Gas Price Average Up Just One Cent

At $2.25, the national gas price average is just one cent cheaper than a week ago, five cents less than a month ago and four cents more than a year ago. Nationwide, last week did not see record demand, but was close to all-time high levels and continues to keep pace with summer 2016 levels.  According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline stocks dropped 1.6 million bbl on the week. That figure brings national levels to 235.7 million bbl, which is approximately 4 million bbl below this time last year.

“As we hit the middle of the summer season, consumers can still fill up for $2.25/gallon or less at 62% of gas stations in the country and it’s even better in Oklahoma at $2.01,” said Mark Madeja, AAA spokesperson. “If, however, demand keeps pace and stocks continue to draw down at sizable levels, gas prices are likely to increase this month into next. So now is a good time to take a road trip.”

Current Price Averages per Gallon of Regular Gasoline:

Tulsa – $1.933, up 5 cents from one month ago … up 4 cents from 7/17/16
OKC – $1.999, up 2 cents from one month ago … up 3 cents from 7/17/16
Oklahoma – $2.014, up 1 cent from one month ago … up 3 cents from 7/17/16
U.S. – $2.252, down 5 cents from one month ago … down 4 cents from 7/17/16

The nation’s top ten markets with the largest weekly changes are: Indiana (-10 cents), Ohio (-9 cents), Michigan (-8 cents), Missouri (+5 cents), Kentucky (-5 cents), Georgia (+4 cents), Illinois (-3 cents), Utah (-3 cents), Wyoming (-2 cents) and Delaware (-2 cents).

The nation’s top ten markets with the largest monthly changes are: Florida (-15 cents), Wyoming (-12 cents), California (-10 cents), Utah (-10 cents), Alaska (-10 cents), South Dakota (-10 cents), Colorado (-9 cents), Indiana (+9 cents), Idaho (-8 cents) and Texas (-8 cents).

The South and Southeast saw gas prices both slide and increase on the week. Gas prices are more expensive in half a dozen states: Georgia (+4 cents), South Carolina (+2 cents), Alabama (+1 cent), Arkansas (+1 cent), Louisiana (+1 cent) and Mississippi (+1 cent), while prices dropped in Florida (-1 cent), New Mexico (-1 cent) and Texas (-1 cent).

The South and Southeast saw the bulk of the country’s gasoline stock draw, bringing total levels to 81 million bbl – the largest gasoline stockpile of any region in the country.

After last week’s strong finish, West Texas Intermediate appears poised to continue making gains – opening near $47 per barrel today. The market has been trending upward slightly after EIA’s most recent weekly report showed that for the week ending on July 7, crude oil inventories dropped below 500 million bbl for the first time since late January. Moreover, total inventories of crude are just 4.4 million bbl more than last year, showing that the surplus is draining – albeit rather slowly. This news seems to have given the market some hope for the continuing decline of the glut of crude that has been suppressing prices this summer. Market observers will look at this week’s EIA report to see if the trend continues.

At the end of last week, Baker Hughes, Inc. reported that the U.S. added 2 oil rigs, bringing the total number of active rigs to 765. This news appears to have not rattled markets this morning even though an increase shows oil companies are still investing in crude exploration and production, which will continue to add to the glut of crude. With U.S. production still growing and rising output from OPEC countries that are exempt from its production reduction agreement that ends in March 2018, OPEC’s efforts to rebalance the global oil market could be thwarted. An OPEC and non-OPEC committee meets in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 24 to discuss the status of the agreement and potential next steps to deepen its impact. As the rebalance waiting game continues, drivers are likely to continue benefitting at the pump with cheaper summer gas prices.

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African Community Leaders Get Business and Civic Lessons at OSU

African community leaders are getting business and civic lessons during a fellowship on the OSU campus

Twenty-five African community leaders are spending part of the summer taking part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. OSU was one of 40 institutions selected to host the international program. The program is designed to empower young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training and networking opportunities.

The group will be in Stillwater for the rest of the week before ending their time in the US with a trip to Washington D. C. next week.

 

 

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Neglected Cemetery To Receive Facelift

Honoring America’s Warriors and Team Rubicon Region 6 will host a service project on July 22, 2017 from 0800-1400 at Evansville Cemetery located in Logan County.  The cemetery is privately owned and receives almost no funding for maintenance which can make it difficult at times for the aging owners.  “We received a request to augment military funeral honors at Evansville Cemetery for a USAF Veteran who was interred over the Memorial Day weekend,” said HAW director Scotty Deatherage.  

“On arrival, we noticed the grass was very tall on one side and there were veteran’s graves without flags, that’s when we realized it was segregated”, Deatherage added.

The two organizations have coordinated efforts to recruit volunteers to clear brush, mow, trim trees, clean markers and take the fence down that separates the two sides.  Newly appointed caretaker Gary LeGrande said, “It was a blessing for us to have a group willing to help bring this place the honor and respect it deserves.”  “My wife and step son are buried here,” said LeGrande.  LeGrande also agreed it was time to take the fence down that separates the two sides.

Evansville Cemetery located in Logan County just southwest of Meridian, Oklahoma, was established in 1889, and deeded and recorded in 1895.  The cemetery supported the former Oklahoma ghost town known as Evansville, and continues as a final resting place for descendants.  The cemetery has two sides, a white side, and a black side. There are veterans buried on both sides since the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, and post 9/11.

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Several Earthquakes Rattle North-Central Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey says several earthquakes have struck north-central Oklahoma, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says there are no reports of injury or damage as a result of the Friday morning quakes near Stroud, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.

The 4.2 magnitude quake was recorded shortly before 9 a.m. and was followed by quakes of preliminary magnitude 3.8 and 3.7, in addition to smaller quakes of magnitude 2.9 and two of magnitude 2.7.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said its induced seismicity department and the Oklahoma Geological Survey are investigating the quakes.

Scientists have linked some oil and gas production in Oklahoma to an uptick in earthquakes, but the frequency of such earthquakes in Oklahoma had dropped recently as the state imposes new restrictions on the injection of wastewater underground.

Oklahoma experienced its largest-ever recorded earthquake in September, a 5.8-magnitude temblor centered in Pawnee.

July 14 quakes and aftershocks near Stroud, Oklahoma:

    4.2 magnitude at 8:47 a.m. at depth of 5 3/4 miles.
    2.7 magnitude at 9:03 a.m. at depth of 3 1/2 miles.
    3.8 magnitude at 9:04 a.m. at depth of 4 1/2 miles.
    3.7 magnitude at 9:17 a.m. at depth of 3 1/2 miles.
    2.7 magnitude at 9:55 a.m. at depth of 4 miles.
    2.9 magnitude at 10:04 a.m. at depth of 2 3/4 miles.

All the quakes occurred 6 to 8 miles north-northwest of Stroud, Oklahoma.

Source: U.S. Geological Survey.
 

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Water Pressure Restored After Several Customers Experience Drop Due to Critical Leak

Stillwater water customers served by the southwest pressure zone noticed a drop in water pressure on Saturday as there was a leak on a critical water transmission main.

The southwest zone serves areas (including rural water service areas) roughly south and west of 19th Avenue and Western Road, as well as areas south and west of 6th Avenue and Country Club Road.

The City requested customers limit their water use to only what is necessary. It took crews several hours to restore service but pressure was
back to normal in most areas by late Saturday night.
 

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Red Rock Man Killed In Hit And Run Incident

FROM THE OKLAHOMA HIGHWAY PATROL:

On the morning of Sunday, July 9th just before 4:00 a.m.,  Randall Whitehorn, a 64-year-old male from Red Rock, was struck and killed as he walked on US Highway 177 south of Yearling Road in Noble County. The driver of the vehicle that struck Whitehorn left the scene without rendering aid. This location is near the Otoe-Missouri Tribal Casino and Complex.

OHP Troopers have diligently worked the case and, based on evidence found at the scene, believe the vehicle involved to be a 1992-1995 Mercury Sable or Ford Taurus, color unknown. The vehicle likely has damage to the passenger side, front headlight assembly and passenger side outside rear-view mirror.

OHP is asking anyone in the Noble County or surrounding area who has information, or who knows of a vehicle matching this description, to contact OHP Traffic Homicide Investigators by calling 866-OHP-TIPS or emailing OHPTips@dps.ok.gov.

 

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Three-Month Investigation Into Meth Distribution Operation Ends Wednesday With Several Arrests

A three-month investigation of a meth distribution operation ended Wednesday in Bristow with seven people being taken into custody and warrants issued for six more, police said.

The Bristow Police Department, Drug Task Force and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigated the sale and distribution of illegal methamphetamine by 13 people, BPD said in a press release.

Bristow Police said Jadaya Tien Edmondson, Tara Nichole Bjornson, Daren Kyle Wood, Montie Lavein Pearson, Anthony Raul Bruner and Aaron Joe Murphy were arrested July 12 on various drug complaints. Tim Bethel was arrested on county warrants, BPD said.

Edmondson, Pearson, Bjornson, Bruner and Murphy were all arrested on complaints of unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a park.

Pearson and Bjornson were also arrested on complaints of maintaining a place for keeping/selling controlled substance, police said.

Wood was arrested for endeavoring to distribute a controlled and dangerous substance.

Police said while they were taking Edmondson into custody, officers located marijuana and meth in her car while her children were in it.

She faces additional charges of possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment.

Police said they are still actively seeking six people in the operation.

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Cause of Death For OSU Student Released

A Bixby native and Oklahoma State University student Andrew Steadley died from probable cardiac arrhythmia caused by Hashimoto's Disease, according to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office.

Andrew Steadley was found dead Friday, January 2, 2017, at his home in Stillwater. Steadley, 22, was an agri-business major and senior at OSU who was active in student government.

An autopsy report states Steadley suffered from chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto's disease.  According to the Mayo Clinic, Hashimoto's disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid gland.

Heart problems are listed as a possible complication of the disease.

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Stillwater Social Security Office To Move To New Location

The U.S. Social Security administration announced Thursday that the Stillwater Social Security Office, located at 518 East Lakeview Road, is moving effective Friday, July 21.

The office will open in its new location the following Monday, July 24th, at 406 East Hall of Fame Ave.

Office hours for the Stillwater location will continue to be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The office opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and closes to the public at noon that day only.

According to the release from the Social Security Administration, most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office, and a lot can be completed on line. Those 18 and older may sign up for a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

The site includes links to information about services such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits. Many Social Security services are also conveniently available by dialing toll-free, 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call Social Security’s TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

 

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New State Law Aimed at Keeping Drivers Safe Goes Into Effect November 1

A new state law banning drivers from using the left lane unless they are passing will take effect on Nov. 1.

Highway signs reminding drivers to not impede the left lane are popping up across the state.

Under a bill passed in 2016, drivers will only be able to drive in the left lane to pass another vehicle.
Troopers said they called for the bill to help keep drivers safe and keep traffic flowing smoothly.

Violators could face a fine of up to $235.

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OSU To Open Community Music School In August

Oklahoma State University will open a brand new Community Music School in August. The 2017-2018 program offerings will include a youth orchestra, youth choirs, a Suzuki program, and a community orchestra. With programs that target almost every age group, the OSU Community Music School will have offerings for everyone.

Students that are between the ages of 4-8 are encouraged to apply for the Suzuki program. The Suzuki program embraces a nurturing environment in which the students, teachers, and parents all work together. Just as children learn to speak through listening, imitation, and repetition, we believe that all children have the ability to learn the musical language.

The OSU Youth Orchestra (OSUYO) is a full symphony orchestra consisting of mostly high school students in string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections. Repertoire includes many standard masterworks expertly arranged for educational ensembles, as well as original compositions and contemporary works. The OSUYO is conducted by OSU’s Director of Orchestral Studies, Dr. Thomas Dickey, and rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

The OSU Youth Choirs provide young people the opportunity to sing quality choral music representing a variety of styles, eras, and cultures. Singers will expand their vocal development, enhance their musicianship skills, and experience a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire appropriate for their age and vocal maturity. This program is open to students in grades 3-12. The OSUYC is conducted by OSU’s Julia Haley and rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Stillwater Community Orchestra (SCO) is a non-auditioned ensemble for adults of any age who play a string instrument. The SCO was founded in 2012 to give non- professional musicians an outlet for ensemble performance. The orchestra presents two or more free concerts per year and often collaborates with other ensembles in the Stillwater community. The SCO is conducted by OSU’s Director of Orchestral Studies, Dr. Thomas Dickey, and rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Salem Lutheran Church.

To read more and register for any of these programs visit: communitymusic.okstate.edu. For questions, contact the CMS director, Meredith Blecha-Wells at (405) 744-8996.
 

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Oklahoma Wheat Commision Announces Harvest Numbers

Oklahoma wheat farmers brought in about 100 million bushels of wheat this season, less than a year ago but more than what had been forecast.

The Oklahoman reports the state’s harvest started in southwest Oklahoma in mid-May. By the Memorial Day holiday, combines were rolling across most areas of central and southern Oklahoma, before wrapping up in other parts of the state in June.

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission says the 100 million bushels harvested is a little less than what crop consultants and area agronomists estimated but more than what was forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mike Schulte, executive director of the commission, says lower commodity prices for the product impacted the bushels taken in for this year’s crop. Schulte says some wheat producers planted less acres.

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One Teen Dead, Several More Injured After Single-Vehicle Crash Near Cushing

One teen is dead and several more suffered serious injuries after an early-morning crash in Payne County on Sunday.

The single-vehicle crash occurred just after 3 a.m. on W. 9th St. near S. Brethren Rd., about four miles to the west of the town of Cushing.

According to the report, six teenagers, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were traveling westbound on 9th St. in a 2013 Kia Optima. The 16-year-old female driver was speeding when police say she turned off the car’s headlights and blew through the intersection at Brethren Rd.

The car went airborne for a short distance and the driver lost control once it landed, leaving the road on the right side and entering a broad slide before striking a tree. After hitting the tree, the car started to roll an unknown amount of times before finally coming to rest in a pasture.

Four of the passengers, presumably all in the backseat, were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled.

One 15-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two 17-year-old females were flown from the scene via medical helicopter in serious condition to OU Medical Center.

A 17-year-old male was transported by the Cushing Fire Department to Cushing Hospital. He was later flown to OU Medical Center in serious condition as well.

The driver was transported from the scene to Stillwater Medical Center where she was treated and released. The front-seat passenger, 16, was transported to Cushing Hospital where she was also treated and released. They were both wearing their seatbelts.

Authorities are not releasing the names of any of the victims due to their age.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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64-year-old Man Killed In Early Sunday Morning Hit-and-Run Crash, According To OHP

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 64-year-old man was killed in hit-and-run crash early Sunday morning.

The patrol says in a preliminary report that Red Rock resident Randall Whitehorn was pushing a disabled car down the shoulder of U.S. 177 three miles south of Marland in Noble County. Troopers say Whitehorn was struck by a second vehicle with its passenger side mirror, and that vehicle left the scene.

Whitehorn was pronounced dead at the accident site.

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Oklahoma State Department of Education Announces Teacher of The Year Finalists

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has announced the finalists for its annual Teacher of the Year award.

Whoever wins the award will spend a year working with teachers across the state and advocating for education.

The winner of the Teacher of the Year award will be announced in September. Here's the list of nominees:

    Sarah Carter -- Drumright High School
 

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Earthquake Lawsuit Involving Oil Company and Prague Family Dropped After Settlement Reached

A lawsuit involving one of the oil companies accused of causing a 5.7 magnitude quake in Oklahoma has been dropped after the company reached a settlement with a couple affected by the earthquake in November of 2011 near Prague in Lincoln County.

A woman living in that area, Sandra Ladra, suffered physical injuries in the 5.7 earthquake that rattled Prague. “During the earthquake a lot of the rock fell down off the chimney and struck her in her legs,” according to her attorney Scott Poynter. After stitches and some therapy, she also had to have knee replacement surgery. Sandra and her husband Gary Ladra also had damage to their home due to the quake.

Oklahoma’s earthquakes have been linked to oil and gas production. State regulators have shut down or imposed new restrictions on underground wells that are used for wastewater disposal.

A few years ago, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled 7-0 that plaintiffs can seek damages for personal and property injury in a district court.
That is when the Ladras filed a lawsuit against Spress Oil and Old Dominion, LLC.

The lawsuit against Spress Oil has been dropped after the company reached a settlement with the Ladras. Details of the settlement were not released.
Officials say the lawsuit against Oil Dominion will continue.

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