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Sen. Hall files first bill of session; legislation named for fallen officer

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Chuck Hall, R-Perry, has filed the first Senate bill for the 2021 session.  The measure, aimed at strengthening Oklahoma statutes on scrap metal theft, is named for a Tulsa police officer who helped formulate the language, but was later killed in the line of duty.  Hall said Senate Bill 1 has been named the Sergeant Craig Johnson Oklahoma Scrap Metal Dealers Act in memory of the fallen officer.

 

Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care Offers Rapid COVID-19 Testing At All Oklahoma Locations

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OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 17, 2020) – Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care continues to make significant advances in its COVID-19 response for the Oklahoma City community, today announcing the availability of Rapid COVID-19 testing at all seven locations across the metro area. The urgent care centers are utilizing the Abbott IDNOW molecular diagnostic test, which provides results in approximately 15 minutes.

 

Cowboys win Bedlam Blood Battle

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(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Nov. 16, 2020) — In what OSU fans hope is a good omen for the upcoming OSU vs. OU football game, Oklahoma State University beat the University of Oklahoma 803 to 740 in life-saving blood donations during the annual Bedlam Blood Battle.

 

The Oklahoma Blood Institute collected blood and convalescent plasma from Nov. 9-13 at various locations on both campuses, including four at the OSU-Stillwater campus.

 

Gov. Stitt Announces New Restaurant Restrictions

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Gov. Stitt announced in a press conference today that new rules will be put in place to make restaurants safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the new rules Stitt listed are mandatory six-foot distances between tables, or sanitized barriers placed between each table if that is not possible, and all bars and restaurants must be closed by 11:00 p.m. each night. These new rules go into effect on Thursday.

Additionally, all state employees must wear masks in common areas starting tomorrow.

New Executive Director to Lead Oklahoma Historical Society

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OKLAHOMA CITY — After a year-long search, the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) Board of Directors has selected Trait Thompson to succeed Dr. Bob Blackburn as executive director. He will report for duty on January 4, 2021.

 

Dr. Deena Fisher, president of the OHS Board of Directors, thanked all the candidates who applied, but said Thompson has a unique combination of skill sets that will help the OHS complete major projects now and tackle new challenges in the future.

 

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Gun Found With Student at Guthrie Junior High

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Late this morning, a student at Guthrie Junior High was found to be in possession of a
handgun. The gun was found during a routine investigation by the building
administration along with the School Resource Officer. The student has been detained
by law enforcement. The matter is currently under investigation by the Guthrie Police
Department.

Double Your Donations in the Fight Against Hunger This Holiday Season

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 12, 2020 - This holiday season will look much different as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Help spread holiday cheer by doubling the impact of your donations in the fight against hunger through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's annual Holiday Match. All donations are matched, dollar for dollar, up to $700,000 from Nov. 15 to Jan. 15 thanks to gifts from presenting sponsor APMEX and the Cresap Family Foundation.