EDMOND — Henry signs road bond measure
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Brad Henry has signed legislation authorizing $300 million in bonds to repair state roads and bridges.
Henry said the measure addresses a critical infrastructure problem that affects public safety and is a barrier to economic development.
The governor says it makes sense to sell bonds and fix the state’s worse roads and bridges during a time of low interest rates and rapidly rising construction costs.
The road bonds are part of a $457 million bond package approved by legislators before they adjourned last month.
As part of the agreement, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will set aside $25 million in an account to repair county roads and bridges.
Newborns get education college boost
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A study being conducted in Oklahoma aims to determine the educational and economic impact of “seeding” college savings accounts for hundreds of newborn babies.
Under the project, $1,000 is being placed into savings accounts for each of the newborns for future college expenses.
The seven-year study is a collaboration between the state Treasurer’s Office and the Center for Social Development at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Officials say the study could lead to national policy changes on increasing the number of college graduates.
As part of the SEED for Oklahoma Kids project, more than 1,300 newborns were randomly selected to receive the $1,000. They represent half of families agreeing to take part in the study.
“Being chosen to receive this SEED money made us take the time to fill out the paperwork and even put some additional money in an account for our son Samuel,” said Lisa Creed of Edmond.
“When you’re busy as parents you say, ‘Yeah we need to set up something,’ but your life is hectic and you just don’t get around to it,” she said.
EDMOND — Henry signs road bond measure
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DOC action could save $36.8 million annually
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections expects to avert more than 2,100 offenders by 2021 saving more than $36.8 million annually, an audit states.
Tuesday, State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released the results of a performance audit of the DOC that was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin. The audit for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2013, distinctly focused on governance, financial management and capacity management.
Audit recommendations included:
Regional Food Bank receives donation
At a special celebration event Wednesday, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $30 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Oklahoma. Additionally, the retailer and its Foundation have partnered with local food banks to provide more than 15 million pounds of food to residents.
Man allegedly assaults officer on Tinker AFB
A metro man faces an assault complaint after he allegedly nearly struck a federal officer with a vehicle during a pursuit that began as a traffic stop on Tinker Air Force Base, court records show.
Sanford C. Coats, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, said Wednesday a criminal complaint was unsealed charging James Williams, 60, of Del City, with assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon.
NAMI classes begin in September
NAMI Edmond North-OKC, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Sept. 2. It will contine Sept. 4 and 8-9. Classes will be at Crossings Community Church, Quail Springs United Methodist Church, Francis Tuttle Technology Center (Portland campus), Tinker AFB Chapel and the Thunderbird Club House in Norman.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. The sessions are offered once a week for a few hours each.
K9 hot on drug trail
An Oklahoma County deputy and his K9 partner have logged another impressive drug seizure, records show.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Myers said Monday a deputy noticed a car weaving and straddling lanes on I-40 near the Meridian Avenue exit. Myers said the deputy stopped the vehicle and spoke with the two people inside.
The driver and passenger told conflicting stories about their trip, Myers said. The deputy also smelled marijuana inside of the vehicle, Myers said.
City spends $1.7 million on ITS
Public safety will benefit by the Intelligent Transportation System with its implementation by the City of Edmond, said Steve Commons, assistant city manager.
More vehicles are added to traffic volume as Edmond’s population grows. ITS connects all of the city’s traffic signals in order to improve traffic flow in present time with greater efficiency, Commons said Wednesday.
“Some of that can be done through computer automation that tracks how traffic is changing,” Commons said.
Edmond church to host free eye clinic
An Edmond church and Feed the Children are partnering to provide a free eye clinic.
Individuals will be able to receive a free vision test and free prescription eye glasses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Waterloo Road Baptist Church, 3100 E. Waterloo Road. All ages are welcome and registration is not required.
July could be coolest in weather record books
With chances for soaking rains and unseasonably cool temperatures becoming frequent, a weather expert is increasingly convinced Oklahoma will end up with a historic July.
At mid-afternoon Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecast for Edmond called for the high Wednesday to be near 73 with a 90 percent chance of heavy rain, followed by the high Thursday near 78 with a 30 percent chance of showers.
Highs are expected to remain in the 80s into Monday.
Downtown Master Plan accepted by council
The 2014 Downtown Master Plan Study was accepted by a 3-0 vote Tuesday evening by the Edmond City Council.
Fort Worth-based consulting group Freese and Nichols presented their final update to the 1998 Downtown Master Plan. The city hired the group at a cost of $300,000 to make recommendations for future development of Broadway in the central business district.
“There are clearly some short-term (parking) options that we feel should move forward,” said Cody Richardson, of Freese and Nichols consultants of Fort Worth. “Better signage at existing parking lots.”
UCO forensic volunteer wants to aid more agencies
A four-person group of forensic investigators who volunteer their time to help smaller Oklahoma police departments isn’t enough to meet demand, a member said.
Kama King, who recently completed her graduate research and will be a member of the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute, said outside of full-time jobs, members of the group volunteer to assist these agencies.
As her career progresses, King hopes to help establish a permanently funded organization available to any agency in the state to assist in remains recovery as well as related training.
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