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Walters Announces Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Finalists

Walters Announces Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Finalists Oklahoma City, Okla – State Superintendent Ryan Walters has announced the list of finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. “I am thrilled to introduce this year’s finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year,” said Walters. “These 10 extraordinary educators are setting high standards for teachers throughout…

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Senate’s budget transparency initiative ramps up with unprecedented, marathon hearing

Senate’s budget transparency initiative ramps up with unprecedented, marathon hearing OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Committee held an all-day meeting on Wednesday to publicly vet proposed budgets for 55 state agencies. The unprecedented hearing is a result of the Senate’s new budget transparency process. Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, who leads the Senate Appropriations…

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72,000 lbs.: Multi-County Grand Jury indicts Oklahoma man for marijuana trafficking

72,000 lbs.: Multi-County Grand Jury indicts Oklahoma man for marijuana trafficking OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 29, 2024) – The Multi-County Grand Jury has indicted a Tulsa County resident in connection to a large-scale marijuana seizure recently conducted by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF). Bobby Lee Hailey, 41, faces one count of aggravated manufacturing…

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FOUR CALIFORNIANS COLLECTIVELY SENTENCED TO SERVE MORE THAN 53 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FENTANYL CONSPIRACY

FOUR CALIFORNIANS COLLECTIVELY SENTENCED TO SERVE MORE THAN 53 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FENTANYL CONSPIRACY Defendants Were Charged After Troopers Found more than 55,000 Fentanyl-Laced Pills from I-40 Traffic Stop OKLAHOMA CITY – Yesterday, AMBROCIO ARROYO, 30, of California, was sentenced to serve 200 months in federal prison for possession of fentanyl with intent…

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Okfuskee County Jobless Rate at 4.1 Percent in December 2023, Up from December 2022’s 3.7 Percent 

Okfuskee County Jobless Rate at 4.1 Percent in December 2023, Up from December 2022’s 3.7 Percent  Eastern Oklahoma Continues to Register the Highest Jobless Numbers in the State By Alanna Bradley ONL Reporter The jobless rate for Okfuskee County in December 2023 was 4.1 percent, according to the latest report released by the Oklahoma Employment…

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Connors State College to Dedicate Fine Arts Center in Honor of Dr. Donnie Nero Connors State College proudly announces the upcoming dedication ceremony for the renaming of its Fine Arts Center in honor of Dr. Donnie Nero, the esteemed fifteenth president of the college. The event is scheduled to take place on February 23, 2024, and will mark a historic moment in recognition of Dr. Nero’s groundbreaking contributions to education and leadership. Dr. Donnie Nero, who served as the first African-American president of a non-historically black institution in the state of Oklahoma, has left an indelible mark on Connors State College and the broader educational community. His career, which began in the Sapulpa Public Schools and ascended to the presidency of Connors State College, is characterized by a commitment to excellence and service. The dedication ceremony will commence at 10:00 am in the A.D. Stone Student Union Ballroom on Connors State College’s Warner campus. The event will feature keynote speakers, tributes to Dr. Nero’s legacy, and a symbolic unveiling of the newly named Dr. Donnie Nero Fine Arts Center. President Ramming expresses the college’s gratitude for Dr. Nero’s transformative leadership, stating, “This dedication is a testament to Dr. Nero’s unwavering commitment to not only Connors State College, but education as a whole across Oklahoma. The Dr. Donnie Nero Fine Arts Center will stand as a lasting tribute to his legacy and a source of inspiration for current and future generations of students.” Dr. Nero’s achievements include serving on the Governor’s “Edge” Task Force, earning numerous accolades such as the Phi Theta Kappa International Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, and founding the Oklahoma African-American Educators Hall of Fame in 2010. His induction into various halls of fame, including the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, reflects his lasting impact on education in Oklahoma. The Connors State College community invites alumni, friends, and the public to join in celebrating this momentous occasion. For more information about the dedication ceremony or to RSVP, please contact Brandy McElyea by emailing brandy.mcelyea@connorsstate.edu or calling (918) 463-6343.

Connors State College to Dedicate Fine Arts Center in Honor of Dr. Donnie Nero Connors State College proudly announces the upcoming dedication ceremony for the renaming of its Fine Arts Center in honor of Dr. Donnie Nero, the esteemed fifteenth president of the college. The event is scheduled to take place on February 23, 2024,…

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“Through With Chew Week” Highlights the Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

“Through With Chew Week” Highlights the Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco  This year’s Through With Chew Week, Feb. 18-24, is dedicated to educating Oklahomans of the dangers smokeless tobacco, or “chew,” poses to users. Tobacco Stops With Me, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), encourages Oklahomans to avoid harmful tobacco products and advocates…

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Lowe Announces 2nd Annual Black History Day At Capitol

Lowe Announces 2nd Annual Black History Day At Capitol OKLAHOMA CITY –The Oklahoma Black Legislative Caucus will be hosting the 2nd Annual Black History Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the 2nd floor rotunda at the Oklahoma State Capitol. This year, the keynote speaker will…

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Oil Companies to Pay $7.4 Million in Civil Penalties to Resolve U.S. Claims for Pipeline Spill on Allotted Tribal Land

Oil Companies to Pay $7.4 Million in Civil Penalties to Resolve U.S. Claims for Pipeline Spill on Allotted Tribal Land Clean Water Act Settlement Addresses July 2022 Crude Oil Pipeline Rupture into Oklahoma’s Skull Creek WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2024) – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Justice Department announced that Holly Energy Partners-Operating L.P.…

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