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    FA)—A Seiling teen was killed today in a single-vehicle crash in Major County. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 19 year-old Britten Tyler Shuck was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just after 7:00 this morning. According to the report, Shuck was northbound on US 281 four miles north of Chester when for an unknown reason his pickup departed the roadway went into a broad slide in the ditch before hitting a dirt embankment and rolling ¾ of time. Shuck, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected then pinned under the vehicle. The cause of the crash remains undetermined.   

     

     

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    DC)--Two people arrested at an Enid convenience store Monday for selling synthetic marijuana were arraigned today in Garfield County District Court. According to the Enid News and Eagle, 46 year-old Raed Hassan Najib and 50 year-old Carla Jean Hill both were charged with felony counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, punishable by two years to life in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Both are free on $10,000 bond. Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf and they were ordered to return to court May 4 for bond appearances.

     

     

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    SW)—Several communities are cleaning up today after severe storms brought hail, high winds, and tornadoes to the state Wednesday, resulting in one death, multiple injuries, power outages, and school closings. From a tornado-damaged elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin this morning declared a state of emergency and vowed to seek federal assistance. At 5:30 yesterday afternoon, the first tornado was confirmed in northeastern Oklahoma near Keystone Lake, just west of Sand Springs and Tulsa. The tornado struck a trailer park in Sand Springs, killing one person and leaving dozens homeless. Just after the Tulsa storm hit, tornados began to strike central Oklahoma. A tornado touched down two miles west of the OKC Fairgrounds damaging homes in the area. Then, around 6:35 p.m., a tornado near SW 4th St. and crossed Interstate 35 in Moore. Then, another was spotted in the same pathway tornadoes took in Moore's 2013 tornado. There have been reports of significant damage and natural gas leaks. It also caused multiple car crashes and overturned vehicles including a semi on I-35. As a result Moore schools were canceled for today. Several injuries were reported throughout Moore and in the NW OKC area.  In total about ten tornadoes were reported in the state of Oklahoma.

     

     

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    AS)--Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahomans cleaning up after Wednesday’s storms should be wary of criminals who stream into communities to target tornado-damaged homes and businesses with scams involving cleanup, removal, home repair, and tree trimming. Pruitt cautioned Oklahomans to be wary of repair services and contractors who:

     

    • Solicit for work door-to-door;
    • Offer discounts for finding other customers;
    • “Just happen to have” materials left over from a previous job;
    • Accept only cash payments;
    • Pressure you for an immediate decision;
    • Ask you to pay for the entire job up-front.

    Pruitt suggests the following tips for choosing a proper contractor or repair service:

     

    • Ask for referrals from people you trust;
    • Try to do business with local companies;
    • Request to see proof of certification and insurance;
    • Ask for customer references;
    • Get written estimates from several companies;
    • Don’t do business without a written contract;
    • Get all guarantees, warranties and promises in writing;
    • Agree on start and completion dates, and have them in the contract.

    Oklahoma’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect for 25 Oklahoma counties after Gov. Fallin declared a state of emergency. Oklahoma’s price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services during a state of emergency and for 30 days thereafter. Oklahomans who suspect fraud related to storm-damage cleanup or repairs, or who experience price gouging, should contact the Attorney General’s Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029 or (918) 581-2885.

     

     

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    PP)--Mark Price, former Enid High basketball star and current assistant coach of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets has agreed to become the new head coach at UNC Charlotte, an NCAA Division I school, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. UNC Charlotte, through a spokesman, said the school could neither confirm nor deny the report. He said the school should be making an announcement in the next few days.  Brent Price, Mark's brother told the Enid News and Eagle he thinks it’s a done deal.  Sources told ESPN Price was offered a five-year deal. Mark Price will follow in his father Denny’s footsteps, who served as both the men’s and women’s head coach at Phillips University and at Sam Houston State

     

     

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    TA)--Kelly Yates, Adams Elementary School teacher, has been selected as this year’s Mathematical Association of America Oklahoma Teacher of the Year at the elementary school level. Yates will be recognized at the organization's annual meeting at the University of Tulsa on April 11. According to Adams’ principal Beverly James, Yates has mentored a number of teachers and taught three different grades during her five years with the school. She also has organized multiple Family Math Nights.

     

     

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    FD)--Influenza deaths in Oklahoma have increased slightly over the past week. Deaths have reached 105, up from 101, according to an Oklahoma State Department of Health report released today. Prior to this year, the highest number of deaths was 72 during the 2013-14 flu season. There have been 22 deaths in Tulsa County; 14 in Oklahoma County; six in Cleveland County; five each in Garfield, Logan and Stephens counties. The other deaths have occurred in 24 additional counties. Flu-related hospitalizations across the state increased by 12 in the past week, with one new hospitalization in Garfield County. There have been 57 hospitalizations in the county since the OSDH began tracking this influenza season on Sept. 28. There have been 2,238 hospitalizations across the state this flu season.

     

     

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    VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – There will be a scheduled controlled burn on sections of Vance’s airfield March 27. The burn is scheduled to start around 9 a.m. Friday and end around 7:00 p.m. The controlled burn is necessary to reduce the likelihood of bird strikes with aircraft, which will enhance the safety of pilots and student pilots. In the event of adverse weather and wind conditions, the controlled burn will be cancelled. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Affairs team at (580) 213-7476 or via e-mail at 71ftw.pa@us.af.mil.

     

     

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    HF)--Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Enid will be conducting vital sign assessments and providing various health information for the public 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday on the NWOSU-Enid campus commons area, 2929 E. Randolph. The health fair is free and open to the public.

     

     

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    CA)--Grammy award-winning country group Little Big Town will be live in concert Saturday at the Enid Event Center. The concert will feature special guest Chris Stapleton. Tickets are available by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices.

     

     

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    CS)--Automobiles from across Oklahoma and surrounding states will be on display when Enid Antique Car Club hosts its annual car show Saturday to benefit Cimarron Council Boy Scouts of America. The show will be at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. There is no admission charge.

    Among the vehicles on display will be the world’s only surviving 1918 Geronimo automobile. Geronimo cars were built in Enid 1917-1920. After the Geronimo plant burned in 1920, many were scrapped for metal to help with the war effort. The one on display has been painstakingly restored. The Cimarron Council serves more than 2,500 youth members in 19 counties.

     

     

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    RD)--The Enid High School Community Service Club and Enid Iron & Metal will be hosting Recycling Day on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Enid High School parking lot. They will be accepting the following items: computer towers, keyboards, printers, scanners, old appliances, bicycles, metal swing sets, and bagged aluminum cans.  There will be free coffee and donuts.

     

     

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    AJ)--The local Alan Jackson concert originally scheduled for April 18th at the Enid Event Center has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 16, due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict. Joining Jackson will be Capitol Records Nashville’s artist Jon Pardi and hit singer/songwriter Brandy Clark. All tickets purchased for April 18 will be honored. A limited number of tickets for this show still remain for April 16 at Enid Event Center. Tickets are available by calling 855.TIX.ENID or visiting EnidEventCenter.com.

     

     

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    WA)--Wonder what the weather is doing in Garfield County?  Well, now there's an app for that! Designed for Androids and Iphones, the “Garfield County EM” was launched in January and is a direct link to the Garfield County Emergency Management team. On the app you can get the local forecast, weather radar, weather alerts, and other emergency information that's specifically catered to Enid and Garfield County. The app is administered by Mike Honigsberg, Garfield County Emergency Management Director. It also has the option of push notifications to alert you in emergencies. Other options include Honigsberg's daily blog, a damage report page, a list of emergency contacts, the storm shelter registry, nixle registration, storm preparedness, and more. Best of all the app is free.  

     

     

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    UA)--A limited amount of funds for utility assistance for low income families will be made available across the state through the federal Energy Crisis Assistance Program (ECAP) which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). The DHS will begin taking applications Tuesday, March 24, and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. Eligibility is based on each household’s income and assets. If you or someone you know may be income eligible, you are encouraged to apply at your local DHS County Office. Applications will be accepted at your local DHS County Office. Persons applying should have the most recent heating bill for their home or fuel supplier name, ID, social security number and verification of income for everyone living in the home when they make application.  For more information, contact your local DHS County Office.

     

     

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    VG)--The United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma is making funds available for Venture Grants for area non-profits. This funding is in addition to the regular allocations provided to the 16 United Way member agencies.  United Way Executive Director Pamela Ballard said, We budget money each year for Venture Grants targeting identified social service needs in the community. We are looking for programs or projects which are effective in creating sustainable change in the realm of human and/or social services.” Any non-profit 501(c)(3) human service organization in Grant, Garfield, Major, Alfalfa, or Kingfisher county is eligible to apply. The due date for Venture grant applications is April 30. Grant forms can be downloaded through the United Way of Enid & NW OK website at: www.unitedwayenid.org/grants or an application can be received by email or mail by contacting the United Way office at 580-237-0821.

     

     

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    RC)--Tulsa-based comedian Rodney Carrington will perform on June 13 in Enid Event Center. Tickets, priced at $45.75 and $180.75 for VIP ticket options, and are on sale now. Fans can order tickets by calling 855.TIX.ENID, visiting www.EnidEventCenter.com or in the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall Administration offices. The show is for mature audiences.

     

     

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