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Oklahoma Governor: Stay In School Fund for Low-Income Students
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Oklahoma Governor: Stay In School Fund for Low-Income Students

Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) The Stay in School Fund tuition assistance program, launched by Governor Kevin Stitt in July 2020, has exceeded expectations in ensuring low-income families who suffered a COVID-19-related job loss or demonstrated financial challenges could maintain consistency in their child’s learning environment. "Our Stay in School program has successfully supported more low-income children and their families than officials predicted for a fraction of the cost,” said Gov. Stitt.  “By ensuring these children could remain within their educational support system amidst a global pandemic, we have provided critical stability for families who need it most.” “I am a single mother of two who attend a Christian school.  As is, I struggle to send them there, but I make the sacr...
Oklahoma: Updated Mobile ID To Support Real ID Enrollment
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Oklahoma: Updated Mobile ID To Support Real ID Enrollment

OKLAHOMA CITY (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt announced that the next version of the Oklahoma Mobile ID is now available.  The app has been expanded to allow Oklahoma residents to quickly and easily pre-enroll for REAL ID. "The team at the Department of Public Safety has worked tirelessly to update systems and adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 in order to implement REAL ID," said Gov. Stitt.  "The updated Mobile ID app will help streamline the process and ensure Oklahomans can begin the process of pre-enrolling in the critical program." The new REAL ID functionality gives Oklahomans the ability to jumpstart the enrollment process from the comfort of their home.  Mobile ID users can use the app’s checklist to confirm they have the correct documents, upload them using their...
Oklahoma: Department Of Health Announce Change To School Quarantine
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Oklahoma: Department Of Health Announce Change To School Quarantine

Gov. Stitt, Oklahoma State Department Of Health Announce Change To School Quarantine OKLAHOMA CITY (STL.News)  Governor Kevin Stitt announced that Oklahoma schools following safety protocols, including mask-wearing and social distancing, will be permitted to forgo the mandatory two-week quarantine period for potential COVID-19 exposures. Gov. Stitt and Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye emphasized the new Oklahoma State Department of Health policy is intended to keep students and teachers safe in school while also incentivizing mask usage and other precautions for school districts across the state. “We need to put our students first, and we need to get them back in class,” said Gov. Stitt.  “Refusing to offer in-person school is jeopardizing our kids' education; it’s jeopardizing...
Devon Energy & WPX Energy Complete Merger of Equals Transaction
Business

Devon Energy & WPX Energy Complete Merger of Equals Transaction

OKLAHOMA CITY and TULSA, OK (STL.News) Devon Energy Corporation (“Devon”) (NYSE: DVN) and WPX Energy, Inc. (“WPX”) (NYSE: WPX) today announced the successful completion of their previously announced all-stock merger of equals, creating a leading energy producer in the U.S., with an asset base underpinned by a premium acreage position in the economic core of the Delaware Basin.  The combined company will operate under the name Devon Energy and be headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. “This transformational merger enhances the scale of our operations, builds a dominant position in the Delaware Basin and accelerates our cash-return business model that prioritizes free cash flow generation and the return of capital to shareholders,” said Dave Hager, executive chairman.  “We are excited ...
Miami: Megan Nicole Hollenbeck Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy
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Miami: Megan Nicole Hollenbeck Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

Miami Woman, Megan Nicole Hollenbeck Sentenced to 10 Years for Methamphetamine Drug Conspiracy TULSA, OK (STL.News) A Miami woman was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for conspiring with her sister to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Megan Nicole Hollenbeck, 29, to 10 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. “Whether an addiction or a vice, Megan Hollenbeck contributed to the methamphetamine problem in Miami.  She conspired with her sister to deal meth for profit,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.  “She will now spend the next 10 years in federal prison as a result of her criminal choices.” Hollenbeck previously pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy. ...
Edmond: Joshua Decker Charged with 35 Counts of Trade Secret Theft
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Edmond: Joshua Decker Charged with 35 Counts of Trade Secret Theft

Edmond Man, Joshua Decker Charged with 35 Counts of Trade Secret Theft and Conspiracy OKLAHOMA CITY  (STL.News) JOSHUA DECKER, 36, of Edmond, has been charged with 35 counts of conspiracy and theft, downloading, transmission, and possession of trade secrets, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing. On December 15, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a 35-count Indictment against Decker. According to the Indictment, Decker was a controller in an oil and gas company that serves customers engaged in drilling and production.  Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company manufactures compact manifold ball valves in 1", 2", 3", and 4" varieties, which are sold across the United States.  In March 2017, while employed as the controller at the company, Decker registered a new company with the...
Brendan Rowin Figuly Sentenced for Violently Assaulting Two Neighbors
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Brendan Rowin Figuly Sentenced for Violently Assaulting Two Neighbors

Former DoD Employee, Brendan Rowin Figuly Sentenced for Violently Assaulting Two Neighbors While Living Overseas (STL.News)  An Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release in the Western District of Oklahoma for assaulting two neighbors inside their apartment in Okinawa, Japan, while working for the U.S. Armed Forces overseas as a civilian engineer. Brendan Rowin Figuly, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Bernard M. Jones for two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing of the Western District of Oklahoma, and Air Force Office of Special Investigations Commander ...
Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against Housing Authority
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Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against Housing Authority

Justice Department Files Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against Housing Authority in Oklahoma (STL.News) The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Housing Authority of the Town of Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, along with its former employees, David Haynes and Myrna Hess, violated the Fair Housing Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they denied housing to an African-American applicant and her young child because of their race. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, stems from the experience of an African-American mother and her then-five-year-old daughter who, in 2015, were living in a shelter and, with the help of the Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc., were seeking affordable housing. “De...
Oklahoma: 22 People Indicted in a Methamphetamine Drug Conspiracy
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Oklahoma: 22 People Indicted in a Methamphetamine Drug Conspiracy

12 Arrested in Take-down Operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (STL.News) Twelve individuals were arrested today for allegedly taking part in methamphetamine trafficking operations, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.  The arrests were part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (ODETF) operation. The takedown resulted from an indictment filed this week charging 22 individuals for two counts of methamphetamine drug conspiracy and other charges.  Twelve indicted defendants were arrested and three others were already in custody. The alleged crimes involved couriers and distributors of methamphetamine transported from Mexico.  The deadly drug was brought up to Tulsa and then provided to distributors who sold the methamphetami...
Oklahoma: Tulsa Doctor Christopher V. Moses Sentenced
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Oklahoma: Tulsa Doctor Christopher V. Moses Sentenced

Oklahoma: Tulsa Doctor Christopher V. Moses Sentenced for Role in an Opioid Drug Conspiracy (STL.News) – A Tulsa doctor was sentenced today for conspiring with others to unlawfully issue prescriptions for controlled substances, as well as maintaining a drug involved premises at his medical clinic, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. Christopher V. Moses, 67, of Tulsa, has been sentenced to one year of home confinement and five total years of probation.  Moses will forfeit his medical license and not seek reinstatement while serving his sentence.  U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell further ordered Moses to pay $28,581 in restitution to two victims, a $200,000 fine, and a forfeiture amount of $1.8 million representing the proceeds he obtained as a result of his crime.  Moses will als...
Oklahoma Governor Expands Eligibility For Digital Wallet Grant
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Oklahoma Governor Expands Eligibility For Digital Wallet Grant

Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the Bridge the Gap Digital Wallet grant program is changing its eligibility criteria in an effort to further expand the grant funds to Oklahoma families in need.  The grant will open up funds to families who were previously denied, and new applications are being accepted as well if families think they now qualify based on the new guidelines. Digital Wallet is set to provide $1,500 grants to more than 5,000 low-income Oklahoma families. Families must live in Oklahoma and have at least one child in K-12th grade during the 2020-21 school year, regardless of school type (public, private, homeschool, etc. are all eligible). Grant funds can be used to purchase curriculum content, tutoring services and/or technology. Previous eli...
Oklahoma Governor Appoints Michelle Lee Bodine-Keely District Judge
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Oklahoma Governor Appoints Michelle Lee Bodine-Keely District Judge

Governor Stitt Appoints District Judge For Tulsa And Pawnee Counties Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt today announced the appointment of Michelle Lee Bodine-Keely as a District Judge for Tulsa and Pawnee Counties. “Mrs. Keely served our state and country with distinction in the Oklahoma Air National Guard for over two decades and continues to serve Oklahomans as first assistant district attorney for Osage and Pawnee Counties,” said Gov. Stitt.  “I look forward to seeing her expertise and servant heart on display when she takes the bench as a district judge.” An Oklahoma native and lifelong resident, Keely is an experienced criminal litigator and former military lawyer who served the Oklahoma Air National Guard (OKANG) for 22 years. She retired from the military in Decem...
Oklahoma: Afeez Adebara Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering
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Oklahoma: Afeez Adebara Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering

Oklahoma: Afeez Adebara Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering as Part of a Nigerian Fraud Scheme (STL.News) – A Norman man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court for his role as a money launderer in a Nigerian romance scam that defrauded multiple victims, including elder Americans, of millions, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. Afeez Olajide Adebara, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering before U.S. District Court Judge Gregory K. Frizzell.  Adebara’s sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 3, 2021. “Adebara organized and led a money laundering operation from Oklahoma in order to conceal the proceeds of a Nigerian Romance Scam.  He and his co-conspirators defrauded an Oklahoman and two other victims of more than $1.5 million,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.  “Ro...
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores Announces $8.5 Million to Combat
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U.S. Attorney Trent Shores Announces $8.5 Million to Combat

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores Announces $8.5 Million to Combat Violent Crime in the Northern District of Oklahoma (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Trent Shores today announced more than $8.5 million in Department of Justice grants to fight and prevent violent crime in Oklahoma. The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of more than $458 million in funding to support state, local and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States. “One of the fundamental missions of government is to protect its citizens and safeguard the rule of law,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “The Department of Justice will continue to meet this critical responsibility by doing everything within its power to help our state, local and...
Oklahoma Governor Stitt: On The Retirement Plans For State University President Hargis
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Oklahoma Governor Stitt: On The Retirement Plans For State University President Hargis

Statement From Governor Stitt On The Retirement Plans For Oklahoma State University President Hargis Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt issued the following statement today regarding the announcement of retirement plans for Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis: “My sincere congratulations to Burns Hargis today upon announcing his plans to retire next year as president of Oklahoma State University. Along with First Cowgirl Ann Hargis, Burns has overseen an extraordinary resurgence at OSU during the past 12 plus years and has been a transformational leader.  As a graduate of OSU, I am proud of my alma mater and as governor, I am grateful to both Burns and Ann for their exceptional service.” CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Oklahoma Commission On Cooperative Sovereignty Presents Report To Governor Stitt
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Oklahoma Commission On Cooperative Sovereignty Presents Report To Governor Stitt

Oklahoma Commission On Cooperative Sovereignty Presents Report To Governor Stitt Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) The Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty today presented its recommendations for the State and the U.S. Congress in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma. “The questions caused by the McGirt decision have put our state at a crossroads,” said Gov. Stitt.  “But where some see a major challenge for our state, I see an opportunity.  We can work together and secure our future as One Oklahoma, maintaining our diversity and sharing the vision of becoming a Top Ten state.” Formed by Governor Kevin Stitt under Executive Order 2020-24 to explore the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, the advisory Commission recommended five principles to ...