MPS hosting annual tech state competition – Norman Transcript

MPS hosting annual tech state competition – Norman Transcript

OKLAHOMA CITY — The $698 million incentive package aimed at bringing a Panasonic electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant to Pryor is expected to reshape conversations around tax cuts in the final month of the legislative session.
The city’s plans to locate a homeless shelter in the Griffin Memorial complex near Main Street and Reed Avenue have failed.
Mandatory redistricting efforts have caused some precinct boundaries to change. As a result, some voters will be assigned to new polling places, Bryant Rains, Cleveland County Election Board Secretary, announced Tuesday.
Federal lab inspectors have resolved their major concerns with Oklahoma’s relocated public health lab in Stillwater after re-inspecting the facility, although many types of tests remain outsourced more than a year after the new lab opened.
HOUSTON (AP) — The execution of Melissa Lucio is off. At least for now.
Perry Lott was sentenced to 300 years in prison for the November 1987 rape and robbery of an Ada woman. Lott maintained his innocence throughout his trial and three decades of incarceration. With the assistance of The Innocence Project, he was released from prison in July 2018. 
After a 2-year hiatus, Norman Pride is back — bigger and better than ever — with Norman Pride Weekend 2022: All the Colors of Pride.
AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers and advocates who worked on behalf of Melissa Lucio are relieved she was granted reprieve nearly 48 hours before she was scheduled to be executed.
MOORE — The Tech Now State Competition is set at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Southmoore High School.
The Norman City Council will discuss a controversial special use permit for a restaurant and bar and hold a public hearing Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY — With little fanfare, Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed into law a $698 million economic incentive package designed to reel in an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant to Pryor.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The candidate formerly known as Sean “The Patriot” Roberts is no more.
The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department is ending a contract with Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen, a department spokesperson confirmed Monday.
With a candidate hailing from Enid this election cycle, the Northwestern Oklahoma city has emerged as a political fundraising hot spot not seen in over a decade for the state’s 3rd Congressional District.
Last week, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Chief and former Oklahoma House Representative and Senator Enoch Kelly Haney died here in his home state at age 81.
After a four-year break, Norman’s quilting club is preparing for the return of their biennial quilt show later this month and members look forward to showing the community their pieces and sharing the story behind them.
WASHINGTON – Oklahoma’s Five Tribes pushed back against critics of tribal sovereignty last week as the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could solidify the impact of a decision recreating reservations in nearly half the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Enoch Kelly Haney, a Native American artist, Seminole Nation chief and Oklahoma state lawmaker, has died at age 81.
A partnership has started renovating for a new gathering space complete with food, beer and patio seating in downtown Norman.
The following building permit activity was reported by the Development Services Division of the City of Norman for April 7-13.
In 2017, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security effectively banned all government agencies from using products made by Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab.
VisitNorman will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with two events May 2 and 3.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority says it does not perform environmental impact studies on nearby lakes following construction, but it does follow regulations to control pollutants.
AUSTIN – As at-home tests become more readily available, COVID-19 positive individuals may stay home but are unlikely to report it to their local health district – forcing greater imprecisions in testing data. But health experts say there still is value in the information officials collect.
Residents who decide to resist the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority’s lawful right to use eminent domain will be subject to eviction and possible arrest as trespassers, a legal expert said.
Authorities allegedly found last week that a Norman couple charged in 2021 with animal cruelty has since mistreated even more animals.
Rotary food drive set for April 23 
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled on Wall Street Friday, leaving the S&P 500 with its biggest one-day loss in almost seven weeks, as worries deepen about a surge in interest rates and the U.S. central bank’s efforts to fight inflation.
The Cleveland County District Attorney’s office will not file charges in connection with the fatal April 9 shooting near the University of Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill that incentivizes parents to gift their children’s teachers $1,000 is facing pushback amid criticism that it would create inequities, cause favoritism and pressure parents rather than lawmakers to increase educator compensation.
ATLANTA — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was greeted by applause as she entered an Atlanta courtroom Friday to defend her bid for reelection on District 14 ballots.  
VisitNorman will be celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week with two events coming up May 2 and 3.

MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Supreme Court denied relief on Tuesday for members of the Cherokee Nation who alleged certain municipalities and the state were “unjustly enriched” when they collected fines and fees levied against defendants whose state prosecutions would be impossible following the McGirt decision.
Wet’s front person, lead vocalist and lyricist Kelly Zutrau is an undeniable overachiever. In addition to being a rock star, she’s a fashion model who’s done work with Gap, Barney’s and AllSaints.
Cleveland County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters headquarters now has a game room thanks to a partnership with a local human resources consulting company.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance has been around for almost a century and a half, but with its clever lyrics and rousing choruses, it’s still delighting audiences.
An attempt to mediate a small claims lawsuit between Mayor-elect Larry Heikkila and Lisa Meyer failed in court Thursday.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma lawmakers have sent to the governor a lucrative $698 million economic incentive package that they think will be enough to bring a massive electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility to Pryor.
BancFirst Norman president Jim Wade recently announced the hiring of Kurt Lee and Dillon Henry, as well as the promotions of Scott Hofmann, Kristi White and Angie Crandall.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House of Representatives on Thursday gave final passage to a bill that would dissolve Walt Disney World’s private government, handing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis a victory in his feud with the entertainment giant over its opposition to a measure that critics have dubbed the “ Don’t Say Gay ” law.
A nonprofit that assists veterans and their loved ones is bringing back their annual wellness fair later this month.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Plans to fully legalize marijuana can proceed to the signature-gathering stage, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled, paving the way for two more cannabis plans seeking voter approval.
Oklahoma Senator Mary Boren, D-Norman, has drafted a resolution to demand a performance audit of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor said he doesn’t want to be a “hotheaded prosecutor” and has no current plans to investigate a controversial state deal with Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen restaurants at state parks.
Norman police say the nature of the April 9 shooting near the University of Oklahoma campus plays into their decision to not release additional information, but it’s currently unclear what information is prohibiting NPD from sharing new details.
In the almost four years since Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana by approving State Question 788, a green wave has rolled across the state.
Amid concerns that a Campus Corner restaurant rezone would eventually change the culture of the area, city officials say the business would have to have a bar designation if it exceeds a state alcohol sales threshold.
A Cleveland County Commissioner declined to participate in what he called an “unlawful” meeting at the commissioner meeting Monday afternoon.
Editor’s note: this story has been updated to reflect that the OTA’s statewide toll road expansion will cost $5 billion.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has reversed course and now agrees that it is required by law to release what it’s paying to individual landowners impacted by planned turnpike expansion projects.
A clear sky. Low 49F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph..
A clear sky. Low 49F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Updated: April 26, 2022 @ 6:41 pm
Norman, Oklahoma
Shown is an example of a race car designed and built by a student. The Tech Now State Competition is set at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Southmoore High School.

Shown is an example of a race car designed and built by a student. The Tech Now State Competition is set at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Southmoore High School.
MOORE — The Tech Now State Competition is set at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Southmoore High School.
The paper-car race track extends from the second floor of the gym to the floor. About 250 students from across Oklahoma will participate.
Sponsored through the Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Tech Now State Competition has existed for 20 years. This is the second year Moore Public Schools will participate and its first year hosting.
High school students enrolled in special education classes have the opportunity to compete with race cars they designed with computers, then built over a six-week period.
Cars are made out of paper, glue and a standard number of nickels for weight. The project and competition combine curricula in computers and STEM.
To learn more about MPS, visit or call 735-4200.
Carol Ruth Stringer Cawyer passed peacefully from this earth on April 19th, 2022 after a long struggle with liver and kidney disease.

Eugene ‘Gene Walter Hansmeyer, 89, of Norman, passed away April 25, 2022. Visitation: 6:30-7:30pm, Thursday, April 28th, at Havenbrook Funeral Home-Norman. Funeral service: 10:00am, Friday, April 29th, at Trinity Baptist Church-Norman. Interment following: Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Share con…

Dr. Samuel L Porter Jr, 82, of Chattanooga, TN, died Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Arrangements by Hamilton Funeral home in Hixson, TN.
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