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    IA)—An Enid man was injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon east of Enid. Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials said 35 year old Terry Conner of Enid was driving a Durango at a high rate of speed on a flat tire when he lost control of the vehicle a ½ mile west of 138th street on Highway 412. Connor’s vehicle crossed the center median, departed the roadway and struck a fence. Conner was pinned for about 25 minutes and was freed by the Garber Fire Department. Authorities reported Conner had been drinking. Conner was taken to St. Mary's with a head injury, where he was admitted in stable condition. His passenger, a juvenile in a child restraint device, was not injured in the accident. 

     

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    NS)--If you were sad to see the Sears location in Oakwood Mall recently announce it was closing, here's some good news. Sears officials say they are looking at possible locations in Enid for a new Sears Hometown Store.  According to the Enid News and Eagle, Sears Hometown Stores Regional Development Manager Fred Carter said the store will be owned by an individual who already owns another Sears Hometown Store. 50 percent of the store will be devoted to appliances and 30 percent will be lawn and garden products. There also will be tools, mattresses and fitness equipment. According to today’s announcement is expected to open in Enid in early 2015.

     

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    FL)--President Barack Obama’s plan for “limited amnesty” for some illegal immigrants announced Thursday night is getting strong opposition from Oklahoma’s congressional delegation. Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas told KGWA News that Congress will react to what he says was the unconstitutional unilateral action.

     

     

                                 Lucas   :24   “…the Constitution.”

     

    US House Speaker John Boehner says President Obama is "damaging the presidency itself" with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen. Boehner disputes criticism that Obama had to act because House Republicans never delivered an immigration reform bill. He says it was Obama's fault for creating an atmosphere where lawmakers didn't trust him and couldn't work with him.

     

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    HF)--The cause of a local residential fire Wednesday night remains under investigation. Enid Fire officials said there was smoke coming out of the front door and roof vents of the residence when firefighters arrived at 508 S. Pierce. According to the report, firefighters located the fire, reported at 7:40 p.m., in a bedroom. No one was injured. Damage to the property is estimated to be $30,000, with an additional $2,000 in damage to contents.

     

     

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    EQ)—A 3.3 magnitude earthquake was reported 7 miles west of Medford in Grant County just before 7:04 this morning. There was a 2.5 magnitude earthquake Thursday morning at 10:24 in Alfalfa County. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was centered about 4 miles northeast of the Highway 64 and 11 intersection, north of Cherokee. There was no damage reported.

     

     

     

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    BM)--An Enid woman charged last week with enabling child abuse appeared Thursday in Garfield County District Court for arraignment. 35 year-old Elmira Jorlang was charged last Friday with a felony count of enabling child abuse, which is punishable by up to life in prison, or up to a year and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000. A warrant for her arrest was issued with bond on the warrant set at $250,000. Jorlang was arrested Saturday. According to court documents, she is accused of willfully or maliciously permitting harm to a girl under the age of 18 between January 2010 and October 2014. According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department detectives investigating Jeiko Libokmeto for the rape of a now 18-year-old girl over a six-year period, learned Jorlang reportedly had knowledge of the abuse.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's finance secretary says state agencies don't have to worry about any impact on their budgets from two attorney general opinions released this week that the transfer of money from two revolving funds was unconstitutional. In a letter to agency directors on Thursday, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston Doerflinger says the opinions will not result in a budgetary impact "at this time." But Doerflinger warns additional opinions or court rulings could lead to some action begin taken. Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office wrote in formal opinions this week that transfers from two separate revolving funds were unconstitutional. Budget writers this year swept tens of millions of dollars from revolving accounts at various state agencies to help plug a hole in the budget for the current fiscal year.

     

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider Oklahoma's challenge to the federal health care law. Pruitt announced Thursday that he has filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the law. The Supreme Court earlier this month agreed to hear a similar case out of Virginia, but Pruitt notes that in that case neither of the parties is a state. In his petition, Pruitt says it's important for the court to consider the implications for state sovereignty. Pruitt maintains the tax subsidies don't apply to the federal exchange. A federal judge ruled in favor of Oklahoma's lawsuit, and an appeal is pending in circuit court.

     

     

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    HT)--AAA Oklahoma projects 601,700 Oklahomans will travel this year over the long Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.7 percent increase over 2013. 90% of these travelers will get to their Thanksgiving destinations by car, pickup or RV, with another 49,000 flying.

     

    Nationwide, AAA expects 46.3 million Americans will travel over Thanksgiving, also the highest number since Thanksgiving of 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013. As in Oklahoma, about 90 percent of travelers will celebrate the holiday with a road trip, and nearly eight percent will fly. AAA describes travel as venturing 50 miles or more from home and defines the Thanksgiving holiday period as running from Wednesday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 30.

     

     

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    CF)--Candidates for municipal offices in Wards 1, 2 and 5 and for Mayor of the City of Enid, will file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8:00 a.m. Monday, December 1. Cheryl Patterson, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period ends at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 3. The municipal offices at stake in Enid will be filled in the nonpartisan General Election scheduled for February 10, 2015. In addition, candidates for the Board of Education in Garfield County school districts will file their Declarations of Candidacy over the same three day period. Those positions  will be filled at the Annual School Election also on February 10th. Candidate filings will occur at the Garfield County Election Board office, 903 Failing Drive, in Enid. For more information, contact the Garfield County Election Board at 580-237-6016.

     

     

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    LA)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum has received a 2014 Governor’s Arts in Education Award. The Enid museum is one of 13 people and seven organizations to be honored for contributions to Oklahoma’s arts and cultural industry.  Leonardo’s will be presented the award December 4th at the 39th annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony in the State Capitol building.

     

     

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    LD)--Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” will be at Enid Event Center on March 10. Tickets for the 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances go on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience. The audience is invited to dance with Sesame Street friends on the floor. Sesame Street Live features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. Tickets are $18. A limited number of $30 Gold Circle seats and $50 Sunny Seats also are available. Sunny Seats packages feature premium show seating and a pre-show meet-and-greet. A facility fee of $2 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply. For information, call (580) 616-7380. To charge tickets by phone, call (855) TIX-ENID. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.enideventcenter.com. For information about Sesame Street Live, go online to www.sesamestreetlive.com.

     

     

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    VN)--The Salvation Army of Enid is seeking volunteers to assist with it’s annual Christmas cheer programs. Volunteers are needed to ring those familiar bells in front of local businesses. It can be a lot of fun being a part of this 100 year tradition. The bell ringing starts Saturday, November 15th, and ends on December 24th. It’s a great opportunity for an individual or a group. Volunteers are also needed to man the Angel tree and Spruce Up A Life tree at the mall. The Angel tree started November 4th and ends on December 18th. Volunteers are needed to assist donors in choosing an angel or adopting a family. The store will be located at the mall near the food court. For information on how you can help please call: 580-237-1910, ask for Captain Debra Hull or Captain Ernest Hull.

     

     

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    LH)--The Landfill has transitioned to its winter schedule. According to Sara Del Angel, City of Enid Solid Waste Supervisor, the hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Landfill at 580-616-7382. Additionally, the Recycle Center drop site also has transitioned to its winter schedule. The hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Solid Waste Services Department at 580-616-7300.

     

     

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    KF)--The American Kitefliers Association (AKA) announced that its 2015 national convention will return to Enid next Fall at the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall and at the flying field behind Autry Technology Center. The dates for the 38th annual AKA National Convention are September 28-October 4, 2015. The AKA Convention is an annual gathering of kite enthusiasts, artists, and competitors. The AKA held its 2012 national convention in Enid. The national convention is rotated every three years between locations on the east coast, west coast and central United States, meaning it will be returning to Enid at its first opportunity. The 2013 AKA convention was held in Portland, OR, while the 2014 convention recently concluded at Outer Banks, NC. AKA President Mel Hickman said the hospitality the group received in Enid in 2012 was a primary factor in returning to Enid.

     

    Highlighting each afternoon of the AKA convention is the Mass Ascension, where AKA members release their kites at once, filling the skies above Autry Technology Center with magnificent color. The public will be encouraged to attend each afternoon session. More details will be announced as the convention date draws nearer.

     

     

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