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Tue
25
Apr
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back.

Need Help Dear Need,

Medicare covers a variety of outpatient therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy, if you meet their coverage criteria. Here’s how it works.

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Tue
25
Apr
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

The school year is quickly coming to a close. We only have about three weeks until summer break.

The close of the school year brings about a full schedule of banquets and events that highlight the accomplishments of the school year.

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Tue
18
Apr
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Pet Corner

by De De Young Trainer, K-9 Kampus

There is a definite difference in a dog’s bark. It is a good idea to be able to identify the difference.

A high pitch bark will let you know your dog is scared, he sees or hears something strange.

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Tue
18
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

We have six weeks to go in our legislative session. Now is when we begin hearing the heart and soul of the state budget as well as voting on the final bills still alive in the legislative process.

I know it can be frustrating at this time of year to hear all the news reports about the state budget and how cuts to state agencies might affect the most vulnerable among us.

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Tue
11
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Ever notice how you never seem to have quite enough money? You might start your working life earning minimum wage. Then that first raise comes along, and you think finally you will be able to pay all the bills on time, maybe put some into savings, maybe buy a few wish-list items. Pretty soon, though, you discover you’re still living paycheck to paycheck. Then, another raise comes, and you feel more comfortable. Maybe you invest in a home or a better car. The kids grow up and get braces or go to college.

Pretty soon, for the average person, even this amount of money is not enough to get everything you expected it would. It’s like that with the government, too. We start small with just a few core needs, public safety, decent roads and bridges, public education.

 

Tue
11
Apr
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One For The Oklahoma History Books

By Max Nichols

It was 150 years ago, in 1867, that cowboys began driving longhorn cattle from Texas up through Indian Territory to the Kansas- Pacific Railroad in Abilene, Kan., so they could be shipped to northern and eastern cities. The trail became famous as the Chisholm Trail, named after Jesse Chisholm, a Cherokee trader who made several trips down the road. He died in 1868, not knowing the trail would bear his name. Texas ranches were teeming with cattle after neglect during the Civil War.

Cattle worth $3 a head in Texas would bring $40 to $50 in Chicago and New York, said Andi Holland, director of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid. However, no railroads had yet reached the Texas Plains.

 

Tue
04
Apr
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Last week, House Bill 1374 – a measure that would allow municipalities to vote to create Oklahoma Public Safety Protection Districts to provide services such as law enforcement and fire protection – passed out of the House of Representatives.

The proceeds collected would be used to pay for the operation and maintenance of the district, including things like equipment and salaries and benefits of employees, but only for public safety.

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Tue
04
Apr
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A Word From The Superintendent

By Brad Overton

As the current legislative session rolls along, we are yet to see any significant answers to our revenue issues.

While there is plenty of time remaining in the session and knowing that a budget is usually rolled out in the final days of the session, I am very worried about our budget situation.

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Tue
28
Mar
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Savvy Senior

By Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior,

I would like to get my 82-year-old mother, who lives alone, a home medical alert system with a panic button that she can push in case she falls or needs help. Can you recommend some good options to help me choose?

Overwhelmed Daughter Dear Overwhelmed,

A good medical alert system is an affordable and effective tool that can help keep your mother safe, but with all the choices available today choosing one can be quite confusing. Here are some tips that can help.

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Tue
28
Mar
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House Report

By State Representative Todd Russ

Some premature assumptions by the State Department of Tourism have scared people into thinking some of our state parks are in imminent likelihood of closing.

Recently, a letter was sent to all state agencies by the House Appropriations and Budget Committee chair asking agencies to report what would happen to fiscal year 2018 budgets, if they had to endure up to a 14.5 percent cut in state appropriations.

The Department of Tourism responded it would close some state parks. This is a premature reaction by a state agency to a worst-case scenario.

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