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KGWA Local News Monday 02.26.24

NP)--A bill authored by State Rep. Chad Caldwell of Enid to create a one-year pilot program to help school districts keep cellphones out of classes is working its way through the Legislature. House Bill 3913 was recently passed 13-0 by the Appropriations and Budget Education Subcommittee. “Ask just about any teacher and they will tell you about the serious challenges they face from dealing with cellphones in the classroom,” Caldwell said. “Schools that have incorporated phone-free policies have seen a positive impact not only on education outcomes but on discipline issues and student mental health as well.” The bill would authorize the Oklahoma State Board of Education to create the pilot program for the 2024-25 school year to provide grants to public middle schools, junior high schools, and high schools to incentivize phone-free spaces for student learning. The grants would be used by schools to purchase devices or equipment where students could store their cellphones during the school day. The legislation also stipulates that schools would “adopt a policy regarding emergency use of cellphones by students during the school day including, but not limited to, medical issues documented by a licensed medical professional.”


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EO)--The Enid Outlaws professional basketball team has announced plans for its new season in Enid.  A Media Day will be held Tuesday. The season kicks off on March 17th at 2:00 PM at the Stride Bank Center with the Enid Outlaws' home opener against the Wichita Skykings. The Enid Outlaws are also currently seeking season sponsors and are available for appearances at civic groups, businesses, schools, and events. For those interested in booking the team for an appearance, please reach out for more information. For more information about the Enid Outlaws and their upcoming season, visit or follow them on social media. 


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BM)--Autry Technology Center is accepting applications for the 2024 Cherokee Strip Business Model Competition, with the deadline for applications being Feb. 29. Eligible businesses must be less than 5 years old, and preference may be shown to businesses that operate in the Enid and Northwest Oklahoma trade area. The competition consists of three phases: submission of a business plan, a 15-minute oral presentation and a third presentation in front of a judging panel. Four winners and a people’s choice winner will be selected. The top three winners will receive up to one year of a community desk in the co-working space at the Strate Center at Autry. The top four teams will be awarded up to $30,000 combined. More than $210,000 has been awarded in seed capital through the competition since it started in 2012. For more information about the Cherokee Strip Business Competition and for an application, visit or contact Meredith Westfahl by phone at (580) 242-2750 or by email at




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