News to know: Oklahoma Governor Stitt’s campaign ad under investigation, new legislation to promote safe schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma County’s chief prosecutor said he is investigating whether a recent ad campaign by Gov. Kevin Stitt violated state law and ethics rules. David Prater says he launched an investigation after a bipartisan group of internal lawmakers suggested the ad violates state law. The 30-second spot titled “Track Record” touts Stitt’s appointment of Attorney General John O’Connor, which features prominently in the second half of the ad. State law prohibits a candidate from knowingly making or accepting a contribution of more than $2,900 to another nominating committee. Stitt’s campaign says it will pause the ad.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin woman died after an accident Wednesday. It happened at Missouri 66 at Central City Road, west of Joplin. Missouri State Highway Patrol says Cynthia Myers, 71, did not yield to another vehicle. Myers was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the other vehicle was slightly injured. You can view the crash report here.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall and U.S. Congressman Mike Garcia introduced new legislation to make schools safer. The Safe Schools Act allows covid relief funds to be used to provide schools with elementary and secondary school emergency relief with greater physical safety. Security could range from locks, panic buttons, and hiring armed school resource officers. The county’s school systems received a combined $180 billion in aid and used only $30 billion of those funds.

PURCELL, Mo. – Nichole Galloway, Missouri State Auditor, gives Jasper County City the lowest audit rating obtainable. Galloway identified significant weaknesses in Purcell, Missouri, which led to a lack of money. It comes after former Pro-Tem Mayor Nancy Wilson pleaded guilty in January to misdemeanor theft in the city. Authorities say Wilson wrote city checks and deposited them in his own bank account in March and April of last year. Galloway said: ‘Our audit revealed a lack of oversight and segregation of duties by former Purcell City Council which directly contributed to the misuse of public funds. She said the current council had its work cut out to gain residents’ trust and the audit had provided recommendations. For more details on the audit, click here.

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