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PSO implements Southwest Power Pool (SPP) emergency controlled outage directive

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) implemented an emergency load reduction plan at the request of the organization responsible for managing the regional electricity grid, the SPP.  As a result, PSO began a required series of service interruptions, lasting approximately two hours, for some customers. These planned outages will reduce the risk of lengthy, widespread…

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Governor Kevin Stitt announced today that out of an abundance of caution he is activating over 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard (OKNG) to assist local law enforcement should any protests at the State Capitol, or other locations, turn violent. “I support the right for Oklahomans to peacefully demonstrate, but we will not tolerate…

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Council approves city agreement with DHS, sets dates for Pioneer Days

Council approves city agreement with DHS, sets dates for Pioneer Days By Spencer Hicks The Okemah City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a space sharing assistance and use agreement between the Okemah Police Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services, which is closing its Okemah office. The state agency, citing an economic…

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Investors sought to turn pollution into profits

Okemah city officials are looking for investors who can turn old gas stations into profitable new businesses. Thanks to a new grant program, regulators at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission have funding to help make the transition easier for entrepreneurs. The Commission’s Brownfield Program received $300,000 to cover the costs of environmental assessments, so business owners…

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