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Monday, March 19th
Deadly Crash Involves Semi, Motorcycle
U.S. Highway 81 just south of Chickasha was shut down for a couple of hours Sunday night, when a motorcycle rider dies after being hit by a semi. 35-year old Jason Reagor of Arkansas City, Kansas died in the crash. It happened about 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 81 and Pikes Peak Road. The state trooper investigating the accident reports that Reagor was southbound on the highway and had slowed to turn west. He was hit from behind by a semi driven by 42-year old Allen Rainey of Wichita, Kansas. Rainey was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
Minco Schools Change Calendar for Teacher Pay Raise Issue
School districts across the state are making plans for a proposed teacher strike on April 2nd. Teachers are threatening a walk-out unless state lawmakers come up with a plan to increase teacher pay. In Minco, school superintendent Kevin Sims says the board of education last week passed a resolution supporting raises for teachers, and also took action to allow its instructors to be part of a rally at the state capital.
Sims says its the most stressful period he's had to deal with in his 25 years as a school administrator.
Senator Concerned About Inaction on Teacher Pay Hikes
One state senator says he's frustrated that lawmakers can't come up with a teacher pay raise. Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher says he was hopeful the senate had enough bi-partisan support to pass the plan last week, which would have provided a 12.7 percent pay hike for teachers. In a press release, Jech says he hopes lawmakers can still find common ground, and cooperate on a compromise that will provide teachers and state employees a long-overdue pay raise. He says they are committed to continue to work toward a solution that will deliver a responsibly-funded pay raise.
Reinforcements in Place Due to Wildfire Threat
While parts of Oklahoma did get a little rain yesterday, it wasn't enough to diminish the threat of wildfires, particularly in the parched western sections. Fire danger runs high again today, with west winds gusting to 40 miles per hour. Officials with the state forestry service are calling in reinforcements to help if any fires erupt in the next few days. The agency has activated the South Central Forest Fire Compact, which will bring in resources from Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Federal and state fire-fighting aircraft and county wildland task forces are also on standby if needed. Additional fire trucks, bulldozers, and personnel are being mobilized into two suppression groups and pre-positioned in areas under the most severe fire threat.
Truckers Get Temporary Delay with Hours-of-Service Rule
Livestock haulers have another three months before any changes will be made regarding the Electronic Logging Device mandate. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration says it will be mid-June before any changes are considered for the hours-of-service rule. Shiann Burns with Grady County OSU Extension says one agriculture group is against the proposed change.
Burns said the beef board will continue its work against the proposed changes.