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Change to law will make drug treatment options more available to Oklahomans


OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter has signed a bipartisan letter with 38 other attorneys general and the National Association of Attorneys General, calling on Congress to pass the Road to Recovery Act.


The legislation eliminates the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion from the original Medicaid law, which currently acts as a barrier to residential addiction treatment. The elimination will help increase access to treatment for opioid addiction and help states expand access to inpatient treatment for Medicaid enrollees.


Attorney General Hunter, who has been at the forefront combating the state’s opioid epidemic, said the legislation will make treatment for Oklahomans who need it more accessible.


“The Road to Recovery Act will help save lives,” Attorney General Hunter said. “To combat the disease of addiction, we must commit to working together with our local, state and federal partners to find more treatment options for those already addicted. This legislation is a step in the right direction. My colleagues and I urge Congress to sign this bill to eliminate an archaic Medicaid rule, so we can better help the scores of individuals who are in need.”


A recent study reveals that drug overdoses claimed as many as 65,000 American lives in 2016, a 24 percent increase from the year before. In Oklahoma, nearly 3,000 have died in the last three years as the result of a drug overdose.


Created in 1965 with the original Medicaid legislation, the IMD exclusion prevented the funding of large, residential mental health facilities. While the exclusion led to the closure of what were, in many cases, inhumane institutions, it now has the unintended effect of limiting Medicaid funding for residential treatment facilities, which can be one of the most effective ways to treat drug addiction.


The Road to Recovery Act will remove the exclusion for addiction treatment facilities only. This will help open new avenues for addiction treatment while maintaining appropriate restrictions on mental health facilities.


The change in the law is supported by health care providers, insurers, treatment centers, governors of both political parties and the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – After more than 11 years of litigation, tobacco companies found guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws, lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and marketing to children will begin publishing corrective statements next month.
In court documents filed Monday, the parties in the federal civil lawsuit reached an agreement on the publication of corrective statements. The proposed agreement lays out a timeline the tobacco industry will use to publish statements that disclose to the public that the companies lied about the dangers of secondhand smoke, mislead consumers about the health effects of tobacco use and marketed tobacco to children.


Lorillard Inc., Altria, owner of Philip Morris USA, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. are required to air the corrective statements on ABC, CBS or NBC five times per week for a year. The companies are also required to publish corrective statements in the Sunday editions of 35 newspapers and on newspaper websites.


The corrective statement newspaper ads are expected to run in the front Sunday section of newspapers on Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 4. In Oklahoma, corrective statements will appear in the Black Chronicle, per the judge’s order. Corrective statements will also appear in the Dallas Morning News, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.


The tobacco companies are also required to post statements on their websites and affix corrective statements to cigarette packs several times during a two-year period.


In 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that the tobacco companies were guilty of breaking civil racketeering laws, lying to the public about the dangers of smoking and marketing to children. The judge ordered the the companies to publish corrective statements, and the tobacco companies have spent 11 years litigating the contents and placement of the statements in court.


“Since its inception, the tobacco industry has profited from deceptively promoting products that lead to disease, death and economic hardship,” said John Woods, Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) executive director. “To counter tobacco industry tactics and misinformation, TSET’s Tobacco Stops with Me has worked to educate Oklahomans about the negative impact of tobacco for nearly a decade. For the first time, the tobacco industry is being forced educate the public about the dangers of their product instead of spending money to market these deadly products.”

 

The statements must address the following areas where tobacco companies mislead the public:
• Adverse health effects of smoking
• Addictiveness of smoking and nicotine
• Lack of significant health benefit from switching to low tar, light, or ultra light cigarettes
• Manipulation of cigarette design to increase nicotine levels delivered to smokers
• Adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke

 

In Oklahoma alone, smoking kills more than 7,500 adults annually and leaves thousands suffering with chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Tobacco doesn’t just affect the user. For Oklahoma’s children, 1-in-5 lives with secondhand smoke, contributing to asthma, ear and lung infections and more missed school days.


“In Oklahoma, tobacco companies spend $169 million yearly to market cigarettes and other tobacco products to young adults. Not surprisingly, nine out of 10 tobacco users start before the age of 18,” Woods said. “These corrective statements will make a huge difference to millions of Americans who have been lied to for decades through deceitful marketing campaigns by the tobacco industry.”


About Tobacco Stops With Me Tobacco Stops With Me is a statewide campaign, funded through the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Trust, that provides an efficient, emotional and highly recognizable tobacco-free message for Oklahomans to rally around. By educating the public about the negative effects and impact of tobacco, the goal of Tobacco Stops With Me is to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and improve the health and quality of life of every Oklahoman. Tobacco Stops With Me aims to inspire individuals to make positive changes—not only for their own health, but for the health of the entire state as well.


About TSET The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to tset.ok.gov.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:52

OHP work accident in Stilwell


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a injury collision occurred on October 3, 2017 at approximately 8:53 am on State Highway 100, just west of Stilwell, Oklahoma in Adair County.


According to the report, 2002 Chevy Silverado, Jose Vargas-Ramirez, 30, of Ft. Smith, AR was westbound on State Highway 100, when a 2013 Volkswagen driven by Lillian Knight 70, of Bunch, Oklahoma, was eastbound when Ramirez crossed the center lane and struck, the Volkswagen.


Knight was transported to Stilwell Hospital where she was treated and released.


A passenger, with Knight, Harold Knight, 76, of Bunch, was admitted to Stilwell hospital in stable condition with trunk internal, trunk external, arm and leg injuries.


The accident was investigated by OHP.


According to the report, the condition of Ramirez was odor of alcoholic beverage and the cause of accident was driving too fast for wet roads

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:36

Think-Paint-Create Class Showcases Artwork

Press release

 

The Think-Paint-Create art class at Kiamichi Technology Center recently held an art display at the Poteau Campus. Works ranged from oils to pastels, as well as the unique artistry of painted gourds. Dana Falkner, instructor, is a product of KTC's business class, and proudly has the distinction of being the first winner at the national BPA contest, placing 1st in Web Site Design, and 2nd Graphic Design Promotion. She is a life-long artist, having held many individual shows, as well as competing and winning in juried art shows. She is also an accomplished photographer and sculptor.

 

The art class, just one of the short-term class offerings held at KTC, meets on Wednesdays from 1-4 pm, with the next class starting November 1. Other upcoming classes of interest to the public include “An Apple a Day – Delectable Fall Delights”, “A Cut Above – DIY Making a Personalized Cutting Board”, “Just Google It”, “Light Your Way – Making an Art Deco Gas Pipe Lamp”, and “Holiday Goodies”. All of these classes are eligible for KTC’s Senior Citizen/Military discount, which provides a 50 percent reduction in tuition cost.

 

For more information about the short-term class offerings at Kiamichi Technology Center, Poteau, contact Nina Morgan, Adult Coordinator, (918) 647-5418, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or check out their listings at www.bis.ktc.edu

 

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Jane Komineck

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KTC Art Class display

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:18

Southeast area Lake Report for Oct 4th

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Broken Bow: October 1. Elevation below normal, water 84. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure, points and standing timber. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, punch bait and worms in coves and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Eufaula: October 1. Elevation normal, water murky. Spotted bass excellent on in-line spinnerbaits, plastic baits, small lures and spinnerbaits in coves, around rocks, sandbars and shallows. Striped bass good on cut bait, live shad, shad and topwater lures below the dam and along the dam. Blue and flathead catfish being caught on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, in coves and the main lake. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Hugo: October 1. Elevation normal, water stained. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and topwater lures around brush structure and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, river channel and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and worms below the dam and along shallows. Report submitted by Jim Gillham, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

 

Konawa: October 2. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, live shad and spoons in coves, inlet, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and dough bait in coves, along creek channels, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

Lower Mountain Fork: October 1. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on PowerBait, tube jigs and worms in the discharge and around rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: October 1. Elevation below normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits and topwater lures around brush structure, points and rocks. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

 

Pine Creek: October 1. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits and plastic baits around brush structure and in coves. Channel catfish good on cut bait along creek channels and in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: October 1. Elevation normal, water stained. Crappie excellent on electric chicken Bobby Garland jigs and minnows around brush structure, creek channels and standing timber. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along shallows and weed beds. Blue catfish fair on live shad and punch bait along channels and sandbars. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Sardis: October 2. Elevation below normal, water 77 and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

 

Texoma: October 2. Elevation above normal, water clearing. Striped bass good on buzz baits, flukes and topwater lures in coves, around points and along shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, punch bait and shad around points, riprap, river mouth and spillway. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

Wister: October 1. Elevation above normal, water 76 and stained. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits in the main lake and river channel. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait in the main lake. Crappie slow on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, main lake and river channel. Report submitted by James Williams, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:16

Bonnie Jean Mays

 

Jean Mays,93, of Ft. Smith, AR, formerly of Poteau, OK, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in Ft. Smith.

 

She was born March 8, 1924 in Peshtigo, WI, to George and Edna (Lindquist) Miller.

 

She was a school cafeteria cook.

 

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, a son Bill Mays and a sister Janet Fullerton.

 

Survivors include two sons, Patrick Mays of Ft. Smith and Daniel Mays of Arkoma, OK, two daughters, Joan Bohan of Dallas, TX and Rebecca Graves, Mena, OK.

 

No services at this time.

 

Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.

 

You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com

 

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:00

Leaders of Tomorrow Workshop 2017

Press release


Carl Albert State College hosted a “Leaders of Tomorrow” workshop for students in grades 6th – 8th on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Hamilton Auditorium on the Poteau campus.


CASC Vice President for Enrollment Jennifer Humphreys explained the workshop was designed to help students explore their leadership abilities and engage their potential to serve and inspire those around them. The keynote speaker was James T. Smith, and the event emphasized team building, communication, and community service. Humphreys stated, “We had over 150 middle school students on campus for this event, and hope to make it an annual event. It was great to see the excitement of these students as they had the opportunity to visit campus.”

 



CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Diamond Pipeline LLC strives to be a good neighbor in the communities where we work and operate.

To demonstrate their commitment, Diamond Pipeline offers a First Responder Grant Program aimed at supporting the training and response equipment needs of responders along the Diamond Pipeline route in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.

 

The Bokoshe Fire Department received $10,000 grant from the program.

 

The Bokoshe Fire Department used their grant money to purchase radios for the department.

 

About the Diamond Pipeline

• Tile Diamond Pipeline will provide the Valero Memphis Refinery with domestic sweet crude oil from Cushing, Okla., which will enhance the refinery's long-term viability for the production of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel for the greater Memphis and eastern Arkansas area and provide economic benefits to the areas along the route.

• The current project design consists of approximately 440 miles of 20-inch pipeline capable of transporting up to 200,000 barrels per day of domestic sweet crude oil from Cushing, Okla. to Memphis , Tenn.

• The pipeline is designed to transport domestic sweet crude oil grades produced in the Permian Basin, Bakken and Mid-Cont inent regions

• Diamond Pipeline LLC is committed to designing, constructing , operating and maintaining the Diamond Pipeline in a safe and reliable manner, and in many cases, will exceed required safety, design, construction and operating standards

Diamond Pipeline LLC strives to be a good neighbor in the communities where we work and operate.

 

To demonstrate their commitment, Diamond Pipeline offers a First Responder Grant Program aimed at supporting the training and response equipment needs of responders along the Diamond Pipeline route in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.

 

The Hogeye Fire Department have received $10,000 grants from the program.

 

The Hogeye Fire Department used their grant money to purchase pagers and bunker gear.

 

About the Diamond Pipeline

• Tile Diamond Pipeline will provide the Valero Memphis Refinery with domestic sweet crude oil from Cushing, Okla., which will enhance the refinery's long-term viability for the production of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel for the greater Memphis and eastern Arkansas area and provide economic benefits to the areas along the route.

• The current project design consists of approximately 440 miles of 20-inch pipeline capable of transporting up to 200,000 barrels per day of domestic sweet crude oil from Cushing, Okla. to Memphis , Tenn.

• The pipeline is designed to transport domestic sweet crude oil grades produced in the Permian Basin, Bakken and Mid-Cont inent regions

• Diamond Pipeline LLC is committed to designing, constructing , operating and maintaining the Diamond Pipeline in a safe and reliable manner, and in many cases, will exceed required safety, design, construction and operating standards.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 05:28

Wister Carnival Royalty

Wister Public Schools held their Fall Carnival Coronation October 3, 2017. Due to the rainy weather, the actual carnival games, booths and other activities were re-scheduled for October 10.

 

The winning classes and their kings and queens were:

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten: Kannon Glover and Jerra Ward

 

kindergarten

 

3rd Grade Preston Perez and Brenlee Easley

 

3rdgrade

 

6th Grade Landon Donaho and Jordan MaKovy

 

6thgrade

 

7th Grade Ethan Vaughn and Rachel Everett

 

7thgrade

 

11th Grade Jake Ford and Chayla Huggins

 

12thgrade

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