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Petitions turned in calling for DHS investigation
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A woman who says her special needs brother died from abuse is calling for an investigation into Oklahoma’s child welfare services.
Valerie Wood-Harber presented an electronic petition with 460,000 signatures to Gov. Mary Fallin’s office Tuesday. Wood-Harber is calling for an investigation into the agency after she made 22 unanswered calls in a span of weeks to report alleged abuse of her brother. Fifteen-year-old Quinten Wood later died of pneumonia.
Department of Human Services spokeswoman Sheree Powell says in a statement the agency is investigating the death with police and others.
DHS has been plagued with problems over the years, leading to a class-action lawsuit after the death of several children under the state’s watch. Following the lawsuit, DHS announced approval of a $153 million plan to overhaul the system.
Court reinstates lawsuit over citizen challenges
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has reinstated a lawsuit challenging a state law that makes it more difficult for residents to sue to stop alleged government wrongdoing.
The court on Tuesday reversed an Oklahoma County judge’s ruling dismissing the lawsuit. The court reinstated the lawsuit and ruled that the taxpayers who filed it have a right to amend their petition.
The 2011 law signed by Gov. May Fallin changes the required signatures for so-called “qui tam” lawsuits from 10 taxpayers to 100 registered voters. The lawsuits are those filed by citizens in an effort to stop what’s believed to be questionable government action.
Opponents say the law makes it more difficult to expose government corruption. Supporters say it will keep small groups of disgruntled citizens from delaying government projects.
Oklahoma gov.’s tribal liaison issues first report
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin’s Native American liaison has issued her first report on tribal affairs in Oklahoma and says the new position is helping improve relations with tribes.
Jacque Hensley’s 18-page report on tribal outreach, health care, public safety and other state and tribal issues was released Tuesday to tribal leaders across the state.
Hensley was appointed in July 2012 to the newly created executive branch position after Fallin and the GOP-led Legislature approved a bill to abolish the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission in 2011.
Some Native American lawmakers initially voiced opposition to the plan, but officials from several tribes have since said they are pleased to be working directly with a liaison to the governor’s office.
OSBI offers $5,000 rewards in 2 unsolved homicides
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is offering two $5,000 rewards in connection with two unsolved homicides.
The rewards announced Tuesday are for information leading the arrests and convictions of those responsible for the 1991 shooting death of Michael Gabriel in Bristow and the 2013 shooting death of Paula George in Manchester.
The 24-year-old Gabriel was found dead in his home with a gunshot wound to the chest. The 49-year-old George died of a gunshot wound to the back at her home in Manchester.
OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown says agents have interviewed numerous people in both cases but have not been able to solve the crimes.
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Latta team holds off Haworth
Eleven months and three weeks or so ago, the Latta Panthers were battling Haworth in a Class 2A State championship game. Latta fans won’t soon forget handing out that 58-41 shellacking to win the gold ball.
Friday’s night’s rematch in a 2A Area Tournament title tilt inside Byng’s Bill Koller Fieldhouse was much closer.
Lady Cougars stop No. 1 Fort Gibson in overtime
The Ada Lady Cougars rolled into Friday night’s area championship game holding opponents to less than 32 points per game in the playoffs. Fort Gibson was averaging 67 ppg in its impressive playoff run.
When push came to shove for the area championship with a state tournament trip on the line, it was Ada’s defense that prevailed.
The fifth-ranked Lady Cougars upset the top-ranked Lady Tigers 33-30 in an overtime thriller to punch their ticket to this week’s Class 4A State Tournament.
Ada firefighter Danny Manuel wants to be the top Ninja warrior on NBC’s popular American Ninja Warrior television show.
He is anxiously awaiting word on whether he has been selected as one of the contestants for this year’s show.
He went through this same process last year but was never contacted.
Just like Charlie Brown on the mound in a rainstorm, Manuel keeps training and hoping for the best, even when nobody’s watching.
In the meantime, Manuel, who turns 40 this month, is preparing as if he’ll get the call for what promises to be another strenuous competition in 2014.
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Honoring Chris Lane
One by one, they stopped playing or coaching and walked past the media to talk about Chris Lane.
Guess you could say he was on everybody’s mind Wednesday, especially the 40 or so players from Redlands Community College and East Central University.
FedEx plans new freight terminal
Delivery giant could expand Enid facilities to serve region
Developer wants to build Pilot Travel Center
The facility will go inside a building that has laid dormant for several years, located on the south side of U.S. 412 at 42nd.
Big Red competition makes for tasty battle
Registration is still being taken for the 15th Big Red Chili Cook-Off, which will be held Thursday, as part of the Jefferson County Junior Livestock Show.
OSU Extension Update
Jefferson County Junior Livestock Show will begin today and run through Saturday. Come out and show your support for our young 4-H Club and FFA chapter citizens of our county.
Independent film festival planned for August
For the first time, an independent film festival will open in Enid. This summer, local organizers have plans for the Films Like Yours, or FLY Film Festival.
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