WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassment for U.S. House Republican leaders, conservatives today scuttled a bill that combined stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular farm country. House Freedom Caucus members upset over the party's stalled immigration agenda opposed the measure, which failed by a 213-198 vote. Some 30 Republicans joined with every chamber Democrat in opposition.
Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, said “I am disappointed that the House has failed to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. This legislation builds upon the successes of the 2014 Farm Bill by protecting the safety net for producers and ensuring our fellow citizens have access to affordable, high quality food. Low commodity prices have created a challenging environment for our country’s farmers and ranchers so the farm safety net is more important than ever in providing producers with much-needed economic certainty.”
White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said the president is “disappointed” in the vote and “hopes the House can resolve any remaining issues in order to achieve strong work requirements and support our nation’s agricultural community.”
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IA)—A Perry woman was hospitalized following a crash in Kingfisher County. Authorities say 24 year old Kiersten Haley Woods of Perry was distracted when she caused an accident 2 miles north of Kingfisher just before 1:00 Thursday afternoon. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said Woods was driving northbound in the inside lane of US 81 when she struck the rear of a semi driven by 35 year old Jose Reyes of Oklahoma City. Woods vehicle then went into the outside lane, where she was struck by a pickup driven by 76 year old Agnes Chlouber of Kingfisher. Kiersten Woods was the only one injured in the accident, and she was transferred by Air-Evac to Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City where she was admitted in stable condition with head, trunk, arm, and leg injuries.
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DB)--Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two Garber residents Wednesday following the service of a no-knock search warrant at a Garber residence. Enid News and Eagle reports 45 year old Ellen Sue Gilbert and 46 year old Matthew Shawn George were arrested on complaints of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of CDS, possession of marijuana, possession of drug proceeds and possession of drug paraphernalia. Online court records show Gilbert pleaded guilty in four felony drug cases in 2000 and received a 40-year prison sentence. Department of Corrections records show she was paroled in 2014. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.
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OO)--Enid High School will officially open the Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg Observatory with a special reception next week. The event will be Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a program slated for 5:15. Members of the public are invited to attend. EHS officials will honor local donors, Friends of the Observatory, and former astronaut Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg, the observatory’s namesake, during the reception. With the help of the Friends of the Observatory, EHS has transformed the only high school astronomical observatory in Oklahoma. Improvements include a new mount and telescope, paint, new railing and more.
“We are extremely grateful to the many people who made this project possible,” Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Human Resources and Communications said. “The observatory provides a breathtaking outdoor classroom for our students, but it is also a community treasure. We are fortunate that it will continue to serve students for generations, thanks to these improvements.”
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AF)--Armed Forces Day celebrations at Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park will be Saturday and include rides on a historic Ford Trimotor and public presentations by two Vietnam War aces. Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will have a Ford Trimotor available for viewing and paid rides. Saturday, the public will have the opportunity to visit and hear from Vietnam aces Chuck DeBellevue, the top American ace in Vietnam, and Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Navy's sole pilot ace from the war. The aces are scheduled to speak in a free public engagement at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park M. L. Becker Educational Center.
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WR)--The 51st Annual Canton Lake Walleye Rodeo is underway. The fishing tournament and celebration continues through Sunday. Prizes will be awarded for the five largest walleye, total poundage of walleye for all four days and the largest fish caught in each of 10 different species. There are also specially tagged fish that are worth $20 to $500 if caught. There will be other festivities in Canton, including a carnival, various vendor booths and a local art show. Saturday activities include a music festival, 5K and fun run, poker run, barbecue cook-off and car show, plus the annual Walleye Rodeo Parade.
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GF)--A gubernatorial candidate forum sponsored by The Oklahoma Academy and originally set for Enid in February has been rescheduled for this month. Twelve candidates are invited: Norman Brown, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, former Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Dan Fisher, state Sen. Connie Johnson, state auditor Gary Jones, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Broken Arrow businessman Rex Lawhorn, Joe Maldonado, Bethany businessman Chris Powell, Tulsa businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Gary Richardson, and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt. The Oklahoma Academy is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization founded by Gov. Henry Bellmon in 1967 to bring public attention to policy issues, provide objective, thorough research, develop consensus public policy recommendations and act as a catalyst for positive change. The forum is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 29 at Central National Bank Center. The forum is free and open to the public. For information on the forum, call the academy office at (405) 307-0986 or email Jamie@okacademy.org. For information on The Oklahoma Academy, visit the website at www.okacademy.org.
TT)--Oklahoma City All-Sports Association announced Wednesday the State Games of Oklahoma Tennis Tournament will be held in Enid this year. This marks the first time a State Games event will be held in Enid. The tournament will be June 29 to July 1 at Oakwood Country Club. Matt Lopez and Dwayne Campbell will be the new sport directors for the tournament. The adult tournament is estimated to include more than 100 athletes from across Oklahoma, and the competition is open for athletes of all abilities, from novice to expert. Partnerships between The State Games of Oklahoma and Enid Tennis Association, and Oakwood Country Club and Visit Enid office made the tournament in Enid possible, according to the organization. Registration for the tournament can be done at http://www.stategamesofoklahoma.org/tennis/. For information on the Tennis tournament and other State Games events, visit the official site at www.stategamesofoklahoma.org.
YB)--The Oklahoma City Thunder will be hosting a Thunder Youth Basketball summer camp at the CNB Center in Enid on July 10-12. The camp is open to children ages 6 to 14, offering them an opportunity to grow in the fundamentals of the game and engage in a hands-on, team-centric environment. It will last three days, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The campers will receive a Thunder Youth Basketball reversible jersey, basketball and water bottle. Registration is currently open and is $185. For more information or to register, go to okcthunder.com/youthbasketball.