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Norman orthopedic practice pays $1.5M after audit finds billing errors

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:19pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

A Norman orthopedic practice and its owners have paid more than $1.5 million to the U.S. government to resolve allegations of false medical claims that they self reported, Oklahoma City federal prosecutors reported Monday.

Prosecutors alleged Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs and TRICARE between Jan.

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Crime Briefs

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:59pm

From Staff Reports

State penitentiary inmate charged with murder

NORMAN — A former inmate at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a fellow inmate.

Joshua Ironside, 33, is accused of killing Richard Wisener, 25, in a cell at the prison on Sept.

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Norman splash pads offer summer fun

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:22am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Families with children can beat the heat with some water fun at the city's splash pads.

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Community

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 1:08pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Hot air balloon, carnival set for kids

EDMOND — The Edmond Kiwanis Club will present a hot-air balloon event and kid's carnival from 4 p.m.

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Community

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:22am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Library offers reading event

NORMAN — Norman Public Library West will hold a summer reading event, “Build a Better World with KEVA Planks” at 2 p.m.

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Norman says it will not return glass pipes, even after criminal charges dropped

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:58pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — City officials say they won't return glass pipes and other items police seized from a now-closed store suspected of selling drug paraphernalia, even though all criminal charges have been dismissed.

City Councilman Stephen Holman, 32, former manager of The Friendly Market, said he expected the items to be returned.

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Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class 17 gaduates announced

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:40pm

From Staff Reports

Forty-nine high school seniors from across the state graduated from Youth Leadership Oklahoma's Class 17 on June 9 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

Classes are chosen every year through a competitive process based on leadership and geographic, ethnic and cultural diversity.

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Norman firefighters battle church blaze

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:19pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A building was on fire Thursday afternoon at Southern Oklahoma Chinese Baptist Church at 625 E Frank St.

At least one building of the church complex and a playground were engulfed in flames.

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Community

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:15pm

Waterline work closes street

NORMAN — Chautauqua Avenue from Lindsey Street to Hoover Street is closed for installation of a waterline.

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Tractor-trailer crash on I-35 in Norman snarling Thursday commute

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 7:13am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN - A traffic tie-up in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 at Tecumseh Road Thursday is affecting the morning commute.

A tractor-trailer crashed, and traffic is backed up while crews clear the scene.

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Norman Notes

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 5:10pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Fire department scores new truck

The Norman Fire Department has a new truck.

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Achievers

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:16pm

From Staff Reports

Brady Bell, a recent graduate and member of the National Honor Society at Norman North High School, is one of 400 national semifinalists in the NHS scholarship program.

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Achievers

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 1:28pm

NORMAN — Angela Curtis has graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She received a bachelor of science degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

The academy is a four-year military institution that develops and inspires new air and space leaders with a vision for the future.

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Cleveland County commissioners hear report on inmate trust fund

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:20pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Cleveland County inmate trust fund, which came under scrutiny earlier this year because of a deficiency, is close to being reconciled, according to the state auditor's office.

Some problems, however, remain unresolved with the account, Marla Latham told county commissioners Monday.

The sheriff's office has until June 30 to clear up any discrepancies before a new fiscal year begins, the representative from the auditor's office said.

The account was reported to be more than $20,000 short earlier this year.

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John Calvin Abney to perform Sunday in Norman

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:52pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Oklahoma-based songwriter John Calvin Abney and his band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Lions Park at Symmes Street and Flood Avenue.

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Rash of vehicle burglaries reported in Norman, Oklahoma

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:19am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN - Police are warning residents to be sure to lock up their cars following a recent rash of vehicle burglaries.

According to police, there have been several reports of burglaries of unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods on the east side of Norman.

"Unfortunately, in the majority of these instances, it only took a pull of the door handle for the suspect to gain access to the belongings left inside the vehicle," according to a Norman police Facebook post.

Residents are urged to avoid leaving anything valuable in a vehicle and lock them.

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Community

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:16am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Libraries offer science events

NORMAN — The city's libraries will host several upcoming Science Museum Oklahoma events.

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Community

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:46am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Gardening classes offered

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Extension office is accepting registrations for the 2017 Master Gardener program.

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Jazz lovers converge for festival in Norman

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:33am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Jazz enthusiasts from around the state converged in Norman last weekend for the three-day 34th annual Jazz in June festival.

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9 OU students receive Fulbright Grants for studies abroad

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:57pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Nine University of Oklahoma students have been named recipients of Fulbright Grants for academic year 2017-18.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides students with a one-year grant for study and research projects or to teach English in more than 150 countries.

The grants are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, achievement and leadership potential, said Bushra Asif, the Fulbright Programs Coordinator in the OU College of International Studies.

•Hannah Kristen Baird, of Overland Park, Kansas, will be an English teaching assistant in Mexico.

•Kate Bergum, of Superior, Wisconsin, will be an English teaching assistant in Macedonia.

•Joseph Brown, of Kansas City, Missouri, is conducting research in the Philippines on the conservation and ecology of the critically endangered Philippine crocodile.

•Laura Catherine Burns, of Edmond, will be an English teaching assistant in Germany.

•Molly Catherine Hackett, of Denver, Colorado, will pursue a master's degree in European studies at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

•Rosemary Mahaffey, of Norman, will be an English teaching assistant in Germany.

•Hailey Nicole Powell, of Durant, will be an English teaching assistant as part of the Roma Student Initiative in Hungary.

•Cody Williams, of Norman, will spend his Fulbright year in Porto Alegre and Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he will conduct research on the politics and ethics surrounding accidents and litigation in the coal mining and textile industries.

•Jordan Woodward, of Tulsa, will conduct a series of digital storytelling workshops with women in New Delhi and Varanasi, India, regarding their socio-cultural, religious and domestic relationships to and interactions with the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.



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