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April 23, 2019

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics will host a public forum on current Oklahoma drug threats 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid, Room 131. OBN Director John Scully says the forum is designed to keep citizens better informed about current and emerging drug issues that impact families, schools, businesses and communities. The forum will include OBN experts providing insight into drug trends, discussing steps communities and families can take to prevent substance abuse and answering questions from the audience.

 

A Lawton woman pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding millions from a bank. Lori Christine Woodson, 62, could have to forfeit more than $7.5 million after her guilty plea to bank fraud and wire fraud in Oklahoma City federal court. She is expected to appear in about 90 days for sentencing. She faces up to 30 years in prison and a maximum $1 million fine for a conviction of bank fraud and a 20-year prison sentence and maximum $250,000 fine for wire fraud.

 

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed legislation establishing guidelines for producing commercial hemp in the state. The bill signed by Stitt Thursday authorizes the state Department of Agriculture to develop and manage a hemp production program under the 2018 federal farm bill. The measure received bipartisan support in the state House and Senate, and officials say rules should be in place to allow for planting of industrial hemp in the 2020 crop year.

 

An annual government report released yesterday says Social Security's trust funds will be tapped out by 2035. That doesn't mean retirees will no longer get checks by then, But it does mean Social Security will only have enough funds to pay people three-quarters of their benefits when they retire.

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