Oklahoma News

Oklahoma Legislature Urged to Boost Nursing Home Staffing Rules

A Seminole woman pleaded with Oklahoma state lawmakers recently to “demand changes in the staffing and other requirements of our state’s long-term care facilities.” “We tried to do precisely that earlier this year, but the Republicans blocked it,” said Rep. …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Arrested for Fraud

An investigation by the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Unit has led to the arrest of former insurance agent Nathan Sullivan, Jr., 47. Sullivan is accused of defrauding a Weatherford woman out of more than $30,000 and leaving her with a …

Oklahoma Volunteer Firefighter Charged with Arson

The Craig County Sheriff’s Office says a volunteer firefighter faces arson charges following a series of hay and structure fires. Jesse Bennett, 19, was arrested in connection to eight fires that occurred in August and September. The Big Cabin Volunteer Fire …

$1.6M in Preparedness Grants Go to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Emergency management agencies in five states – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas – have been awarded more than $1.6 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the agency announced. In Arkansas, the grants total $149,515 and …

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Recorded in Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has reported a magnitude 4.0 earthquake near Medford, Okla. The earthquake happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. about 20 miles east of Enid and 17 miles southeast of Medford. A Grant County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher tells The …

Oklahoma Plating Company Fined $341.5K for Workplace Safety Violations

Pride Plating Inc. in Grove, Okla., was cited on Sept. 4 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards from hexavalent chromium. The company received 38 violations with proposed penalties …

Outlook for Texas-Based Columbia Lloyds Insurance Revised to Stable

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative and affirmed the financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and the issuer credit ratings of “bbb” of the members of Houston, Texas-based Columbia Lloyds Companies: Columbia Lloyds Insurance Company and its wholly owned and …

4.2 Magnitude Quake Strikes near Guthrie, Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes near Guthrie, including a magnitude 4.2 temblor. The USGS said the 4.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 3:08 p.m. on Sept. 15 one mile southeast of Guthrie and a 3.2 magnitude quake …

Magnitude 3.7 Quake Rattles Perry, Oklahoma, Area

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 has rattled an area south of Perry on Sept. 12. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following Friday morning’s earthquake. The USGS says the …

In Suit, Oklahoma Ex-Inmates Claim Private Halfway House Violated Civil Rights

Some former inmates are suing Tulsa, Okla., halfway house workers who they claim violated their civil rights by organizing fight clubs and beatings. The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks more than $75,000 in punitive damages for “severe physical injuries,” …