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ODOT public input meeting on planned I-40 widening in eastern Oklahoma County rescheduled for March 4
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, March 4 at the Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw to present initial project information and receive public input on a proposed project to improve I-40 in Oklahoma County from near Choctaw Road east six miles to the Pottawatomie County line. The meeting was originally scheduled for early February, but was postponed due to winter weather concerns.
City’s coffers bursting at the seams
Edmond’s healthy economy continues to spur good news for sales tax revenue generated for the city, City Manager Larry Stevens said this week.
Year-to-date collections are over budget by $2.058 million, according to the office of City Finance Director Ross VanderHamm.
In February, the city brought in $2.810 million, compared to the actual $2.497 million from the same period in FY11-12 and $2.571 in FY12-13.
OSU responds to bomb threat
Oklahoma State University Police have the phone number, and that’s a good start to locating the person who delivered a bomb threat Thursday that turned the usually tranquil campus on its ear.
OSU Police Chief Michael Robinson called bomb threats a form of terrorism.
“It’s a crime. ... You are using fear and intimidation to disrupt the lives of free citizens and innocent people. I take that pretty seriously,” Robinson said.
Edmond detective leads porn investigation
A local detective led an investigation resulting in the arrest of a metro man on child pornography-related complaints, police said.
Edmond Police Detective Mark Oak is a member of the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The unit of specially-trained personnel investigates the exploitation of children through technology. Agents use computer equipment and undercover operations to respond to complaints.
Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe praised the work of Oak and the other task force members. Monroe said the arrest was due efforts of Oak and personnel from Oklahoma City, Midwest City, the OSBI and Homeland Security Investigations.
Foster homes in big demand, short supply
There are about 150 children in Garfield County in and out of foster home placement because of abuse or neglect, but there are only 27 non-relative foster homes in the county.
Cannabis hearing: Hundreds head to state Capitol to support legalizing medical marijuana
Testimony at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies hearing on medical cannabis drew a crowd of hundreds of people to the state Capitol building Wednesday — some to support the use of cannabis and others to support legalization of marijuana.
These are recent arrests made by the Waurika City Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
Enid dedicates street to Rucker — temporarily
City officials dedicated a sign Tuesday that points visitors toward Wagon Wheel Way, named for country music star Darius Rucker’s popular single, “Wagon Wheel.”
Oklahoma leads U.S. in 2013 disaster costs
Oklahoma was the nation's costliest state for natural-disaster claims last year as tornadoes spurred payouts.
Entrepreneur, author, humanitarian Stovall to speak at ECU Thursday
Jim Stovall, entrepreneur, author, humanitarian and nationally-recognized motivational speaker, will share his story in “Yes, You Can!” on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the ECU Foundation Hall inside the Chickasaw Business and Conference Center at East Central University.
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