Cordell EMS Issue Escalates

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The city’s move to possibly privatize Cordell’s ambulance service has set off a firestorm of public backlash during the past week, backlash that escalated after the mayor fired Cordell’s EMS director, Devin Humphrey.

COVID Spread Worsens Across Oklahoma

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the state, with last week’s number of confirmed cases representing the largest one-week jump since the outbreak began. According to data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, there were 32,686 confirmed COVID cases as of Monday, July 27, as compared to 25,433 on the previous Monday, a jump of 7,253 cases in the one-week span.

Schools Should Reopen With Caution

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On Monday, the State of Oklahoma saw a record high of 1,401 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. With the surging numbers and impending return to school of many students, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is urging everyone to take caution and protect yourself as much as you possibly can, along with those around you.

Executive Orders: This Is Trump’s Brain On Drugs

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On July 24, US president Donald Trump signed four executive orders with an eye toward altering the way prescription drugs are priced and purchased in the United States. Three of the four orders embody good ideas that accord with the goals of think tanks supposedly supporting “free-market policy solutions” to America’s healthcare problems.

State Board Votes to Make Masks Recommended, Not Mandated in Schools

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Should masks be required in schools? At what level of community spread of COVID-19 should schools pivot from in-person to distance learning? As school leaders are developing plans for back-to-school with these difficult public health considerations in mind, they are looking for guidance. The state Department of Education is providing a set of protocols to inform those decisions.

Technology Makes State 4-H Roundup A Big Success

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State 4-H Roundup has developed many traditions over nearly a century, but this year’s event – a celebration of its 99th anniversary – was anything but traditional. For years, Oklahoma 4-H’ers have gathered on the Oklahoma State University campus, participated in spirit contests and handson learning opportunities, made new friends and walked across the stage in Gallagher-Iba Arena to collect well-deserved awards.

Washita County Students Earn OSU Scholarships

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Multiple Washita County students recently were honored by the Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture with academic scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarships are part of the more than $1.7 million that students will receive from the college and its academic departments.

It’s Time To Talk About

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Domestic violence is a disturbingly common reality for far too many people...yes, even here in Western Oklahoma. What is domestic violence? The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, batter, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.
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