Articles by Justin Juozapavicius

Interest in Insurance Rises in Oklahoma Along with Earthquake Activity

It’s become a predictable routine at Matt Pryor’s insurance agency: An earthquake rumbles through Oklahoma, rattling dishes and nerves. Then the phones light up with calls and text messages from desperate residents asking if it’s too late to buy a …

Oklahoma Officials Say Hepatitis C Was Spread at Dental Clinic

A Tulsa-area dentist whose practice was shut down because his equipment was rusty and his employees reused needles was responsible for the nation’s first transmission of hepatitis C to between patients in a dental office, Oklahoma health officials said. Citing …

Experts: Oklahoma, not Texas, Had Hottest Summer Ever

Oklahoma and Texas have argued for years about which has the best college football team, whose oil fields produce better crude, even where the state border should run. But in a hot, sticky dispute that no one wants to win, …

Oklahoma Woman, Pet Kangaroo Moving Over City Spat

An Oklahoma woman who keeps a partially paralyzed kangaroo as a therapy pet said on Jan. 11 that she is moving to another city over a spat with local officials, even though they insist they haven’t told her to go …

Oklahoma Digging Out Slowly After Blizzard; Disaster Declared

As Oklahomans continue to slowly dig out of 20 inches of snow, sleet and ice that shut down major interstates and forced the closure of airports, businesses and schools, law enforcement agencies are warning of the slog ahead, with roads …

Oklahoma Judge Paves Way for Trial in Cintas Wrongful Death

A federal judge has denied a request by Cintas Corp. for summary judgment in a 2007 wrongful death lawsuit in Tulsa, Okla., a ruling that paves the way for a jury to hear the case against the nation’s largest uniform …

Closely-Watched Oklahoma Pollution Suit Against Big Poultry Goes to Trial

David Overbey is no scientist, but he says a person doesn’t have to be to see how much the Illinois River has improved in recent years. Overbey, a 67-year-old retired laborer who spends his days fishing the river in the …

Federal Judge: Oklahoma Can’t Seek Damages in Poultry Lawsuit

Oklahoma can’t pursue monetary damages in its environmental lawsuit against a dozen Arkansas poultry companies because it didn’t name the Cherokee Nation as a plaintiff, a federal judge ruled in a major blow to the state. Oklahoma had hoped to …

Poultry Companies Balk at Oklahoma AG’s Settlement in Lawsuit

A now-defunct poultry company got a better deal in settling an environmental lawsuit with the state because it was first to negotiate an agreement, Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has suggested. But one poultry company spokesman says other firms have …

55 Wells Around Northeast Oklahoma Town to Be Tested for E. Coli

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said it is testing 55 private water wells within a five-mile radius of the northeastern Oklahoma town of Locust Grove to ensure the safety of drinking water in the area. The testing comes after …