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ST)—Election results: In Tuesday's Republican Senate District 19 runoff Roland Pederson defeated Ross Vanhooser receiving 60.3% of the vote. Pederson will now face Democrat Rhonda Harlow and Independent Whitney Hall in November's general election.


Enid voters approved a new three-quarter cent sales tax, and the extension of an existing one-quarter cent sales tax, to fund the Kaw Lake Pipeline Project to provide the city of Enid a sustainable water source. The measure was approved with 68.3 % of the vote The city of Enid’s current water supply comes from groundwater drawn from aquifers west of town. Officials say the water level of the aquifers is declining as a result of increased usage compounded by drought. The proposed Kaw Lake project will include the pipeline to Kaw Lake, pump stations, storage areas, a water treatment plant and intake structures. The estimated cost is around $360 million.


Garfield County voters approved extending a quarter cent sales tax for the ongoing operation of the Garfield County Detention Facility. The neasure passed with 60.5% of the vote. More details on News Talk 960 KGWA throughout tomorrow.


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CR)--A sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol held Friday night near Willow Road and Van Buren resulted in dozens of arrests and citations. The checkpoint was held from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Authorities said there were nine DUI arrests made during the night, four felony drug arrests, four misdemeanor drug arrests and three public drunk arrests. Twenty citations were issued for failure to wear seatbelt, six citations were given for transporting an open container of alcohol and 11 citations were issued for operating a vehicle without a license and/or driving under suspension. Other citations were issued for speed and miscellaneous violations. Ninety courtesy warnings were given during the night. The checkpoint was conducted as part of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office’s ENDUI campaign. Multiple area agencies participated in the campaign, including Enid Police Department, North Enid Police Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.


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MT)--Enid Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd recommended, and Board of Education members unanimously approved, the hiring of up to nine additional teachers during Monday night’s regularly scheduled board meeting. The additional staff will allow the district to again offer Pre-AP classes at all three middle schools in language arts, social studies and science without combining Pre-AP classes with traditional classes. Math classes remain divided and will not require a change. The Pre-AP middle school teachers should begin teaching in three to six weeks. The board thinks they will be able to accomplish their goal as few as 6 teachers at a cost of $285,000. Those funds will come from the EPS fund balance. The fund balance is $7.1 million which is higher than the projected $5.6 million.


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FC)--An Enid man was involved in a fatal accident Monday morning in Grady County. 54 year old Albert Wesley Brown of Chickasha, was killed in the accident, which happened just after 6:05 Monday morning on U.S. 81 just south of Minco. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 31 year old Jorge Barba Gonzalez of Enid was driving a pickup south on U.S. 81 when he crossed the centerline and hit the motorcycle Brown was driving. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene with trunk and leg injuries. Gonzalez refused medical treatment at the scene. The condition of both drivers is under investigation, according to the report. Gonzalez was wearing a seat belt, and Brown was wearing a helmet.


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GF)--It was a busy day Monday for fire crews from Hunter, Pond Creek, Lamont, Hillsdale-Carrier, Garber, Billings, Covington, and other area fire departments. Two fires raged for more than two hours near Hunter and Garber Monday afternoon. Hunter Fire Chief Rusty Carter told the Enid News and Eagle the fire near Hunter destroyed about 200 acres of double crop soybeans. The estimated damage is more than $30,000. Carter said the fire started when someone hooked a power line, causing it to come down and spark the fire. Another fire began near 174th and Phillips Road, north of Garber. Garber fireman Preston Simic said the fire near Garber burned about 60 acres of grass. He said he estimated the damage to be $4,000 to $5,000. Simic said the cause of the fire was a controlled burn that "got out of control."


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SR)—The intersection of two state highways in Major County was closed for hours overnight following a semi rollover accident. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said a semi driven by 22 year old Ivan Stajkovic of Cutler Bay, Florida was going too fast to make the curve on State Highway 58 at the intersection of State Highway 51A, 6 miles south of Fairview. The semi, which was hauling bags of concrete, rolled one half time sliding on the passenger side into the north bound lanes of State Highway 58. Stajkovic was taken to the Fairview Hospital by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, where he was treated and released. His passenger, 24 year old Borisav Cakarevic, of Revere, Massachusetts was taken by Air-Evac to the OU Medical Center in OKC where he was admitted in critical condition with head, trunk internal and trunk external injuries. Both highways were fully reopened about 6:30 this morning.


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RW)--Beginning today, the Enid Water Reclamation Department will be closing a portion of Randolph from 8th Street to 9thStreet. The closure will begin each day at 8:30 A.M. and officials said the street will re-open each day at 2:30 P.M. This temporary closure on Randolph is part of the Water Reclamation Pipeline Replacement Project.  According to City of Enid officials, the work is expected to last until August 31


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EB)--Autry Technology Center in Enid is working with Riata Center for Entrepreneurship to host the 2016 Entrepreneurs Inspire Bootcamp in September. The fifth annual bootcamp will serve start-up businesses and existing businesses that are in growth mode or need to make changes. Award-winning faculty members from Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business and Riata Center, as well as local successful entrepreneurs and experts, will offer lectures and discussions. Curriculum will cover business models, operations, accounting strategies, spotting red flags, hiring employees, vendor sourcing, marketing, pricing and sales. Enrollment is $120, and scholarships are available for military and students with valid identification. Classes will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 6-29, at Autry. Cara Cason, self-employment coordinator at Autry, said many bootcamp participants go on to start companies in the area. For more information, contact Carson at ccarson@autrytech.edu or (580) 242-2750. 




TC)--Discover Oklahoma personality Dino Lalli highlights a distinguished list of speakers at the Red Carpet County annual Tourism Conference August 23rd at the Community Center in Fairview. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Explore the Unique Wonders,” and will feature speakers focusing on why tourism is important to you and your business. Other speakers include Curtis Tucker, who runs the digital media company Enid Buzz, Ron Frantz with the Institute for Quality Communities from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Kay Decker, Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and representatives from all seven Oklahoma State Parks in Red Carpet Country. 







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