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Tue
15
Aug
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Pet Corner

By De De Young Trainer, K-9 Kampus

A scared or shy dog will be the first to get defensive. Never push them into biting. You are not going to help them by coddling. This ensures the dog something is wrong. Help your dog to face his fear. Separating him from the situation just prolongs it.

Facing his fears will make them go away. Being a strong leader for your dog will let him know “I will help you, I got this”. Avoiding or walking around the situation will not help him. Face the fear head on with your dog and let him draw his courage from you.

This will take away whatever fear he may have.

 

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Tue
08
Aug
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House Speaker Appoints Russ To Serve As Chair Of Education Budget Committee

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall today appointed state Representative Todd Russ to chair the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Education. Representative Russ replaces former state Representative Scott Martin, who resigned from the

Legislature following the 2017 legislative session to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. McCall said Russ has the experience and temperament to serve the state well in this new role

 

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Tue
01
Aug
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

The House majority floor leader announced recently the appointment of co-leaders for House Republican Leadership Policy Working Groups. I will help lead the group on education support and reform.

I’m glad to have been selected for this task. I care a great deal about the education our children receive from pre-kindergarten all the way through CareerTech or college.

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Tue
01
Aug
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some cellular data for checking my email and other functions when I’m away from WiFi. What can you tell me?

Senior Saver

Dear Saver,

There are several great lowcost deals I can recommend for older smartphone users who are looking to save some money by paring down their bloated cell phone plan. Here are three good options to consider.

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Tue
25
Jul
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Pet Corner

De De Young

If you are trying to teach your dog something new and he keeps laying down refusing to get up, he’s probably just confused. Dogs will lay down out of not knowing what to do.

Get him up and play ball, tag, or even take him for a walk, this will get his mind on something else. Then try again.

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Tue
25
Jul
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. Can you refer me? When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I’m wondering if there was anything he left behind.

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Tue
18
Jul
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Home Country

By Slim Randles

Billy had to get his chores done early. It was the heat, of course. Now that it’s summer, he no longer has to escort the kids across the street while Martin holds the sign. No kids at the crosswalk for a couple of weeks now.

So Billy, being the official town dog, was still kind of feeling his way along in this business, because he was not quite a year into his reign and he was learning to roll with the seasons.

He got up from his bed under the elm tree before it was even daylight and went on down to the Mule Barn truck stop and coffee shop, because they turned their lights on first. Well, except for the police station, and nobody needed him there, really.

 

Tue
11
Jul
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards?

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Mon
03
Jul
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ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols

From the small farms and ranches of the early 19th century Oklahoma settlers to the creation of rural communities and a booming economy in the 20th century, agriculture has played a major role in the development of the state of Oklahoma.

The story of this remarkable growth is told historic sites, museums and spectacular exhibits in Oklahoma.

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Mon
03
Jul
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Work Remains To Be Done After Challenging Session

By Governor Mary Fallin

With a nearly $900 million budget gap, this session was indeed one of the most challenging. Keep in mind, it comes on the heels of having to deal with a $1.3 billion budget gap last year the largest budget hole in state history.

It hasn’t been easy dealing with these ongoing significant budget challenges we face. It is definitely not an ideal budget. But we did prevent draconian cuts to critical services and kept government from shutting down.

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