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KNID NEWS 2.27.19

Northwest Oklahoma was rattled by a sizable earthquake Tuesday evening. A magnitude 3.8 quake was recorded 5:50 p.m. Tuesday 1.4 miles southwest of Wakita and 32.8 miles north of Enid at a depth of about .62 of a mile, according to U.S. Geological Survey. The quake originally was reported as magnitude 4.1 but was downgraded, according to USGS.

 

City of Enid officials held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss a project to widen North Cleveland from the BNSF Railway tracks to Willow. The city, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are working on the project, which would widen the roadway on Cleveland to four lanes from the railroad tracks to Willow and connect four-lane arterial streets to the north and south. The project would total about 2,500 feet of road.

 

An Oklahoma City gynecologist agreed to end his medical practice in exchange for having rape and sexual battery charges against him dropped. John A. Fuller, 65, retired his medical license and promised never to practice medicine again, according to court documents. His charges were dismissed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. Fuller was charged in separate felony cases in 2014 and 2016 as reported by the Oklahoman.

 

A bill that would affect the criminal sentences of hundreds of people convicted of nonviolent offenses in Oklahoma easily cleared a House committee Tuesday and headed to the full House. House Bill 1269 would apply sentencing reform changes laid out in State Question 780 to offenders who were convicted before the law took effect. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill 14-3.

KNID NEWS 2.26.19

In a meeting on Monday night, the Metropolitan Area planning commission addressed the public in regards to proposed changes to city sidewalk and sign laws. The changes will not be enacted however until the Enid City Commission approve them but the current laws affecting new billboards are expected to stay the same while existing bill boards will have measured illumination levels as first reported by the Enid News and Eagle.

 

The Enid city government is working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration on a plan to widen and restore North Cleveland from the BNSF Railroad Tracks to West Willow. The construction is anticipated to begin in two to three years as they are still currently in the design and planning phase. There will be a public meeting in the City Council Chambers on Tuesday February 26th to discuss the project.

 

 

Both abortion rights supporters and opponents decried an abortion “trigger ban” approved by a Senate health committee on Monday along mostly partisan lines. Senate Bill 195 would “trigger” a state ban on abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision making abortion a constitutional right. Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, the author of SB 195, said he didn’t want to see the state advance any legislation that would likely be ruled unconstitutional. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed SB 195 by a vote of 11 to 4, sending it to the Senate floor as first reported by the Oklahoman. 

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