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Housing & Development

Federally-Funded Solar Beer, Moonshine, and Bags of Air – Its Waste Watch No.4

Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released his fourth edition of Waste Watch. Like the three editions released in 2015, the February 2016 publication singles out examples of government programs that, while possibly well-intentioned, ultimately wasted taxpayer funds.

Lead in the Water, Way Beyond Flint

A single serving of pasta cooked with North Carolina tap water in the home of a sick baby contained more lead than a dime-sized paint chip. An increase in spontaneous abortions and miscarriages was tied to undisclosed lead in the Washington, D.C.’s drinking water. And tap water at an Ohio mobile home community was found to have three times the allowable lead levels for months before residents were informed

Inhofe Applauds Announcement of New Commercial Air Service into Stillwater

.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today participated in an event at Stillwater Regional Airport where American Airlines announced it will be establishing its first commercial air service at the airport beginning in August. Inhofe delivered brief remarks and was joined by Casey Norton, director of external communications at American Airlines; Patrick Quayle, managing director, network and fleet strategy at American Airlines

Cherokee Nation helps city of Tahlequah with demolition project

The Cherokee Nation helped the city of Tahlequah save thousands of dollars by donating the tribe’s environmental health experts’ time to check for asbestos in a row of nearly two dozen homes marked for demolition

Cherokee Nation among 26 tribes awarded $5.9M in HUD grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded $5.9 million in grants Friday to offer a permanent home and supportive services to Native veterans who experience or are at risk of homelessness.

EPA Approves Okla. Drinking Water Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the state of Oklahoma’s revised rule for regulating total coliform in drinking water. With this approval, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has authority to regulate this contaminant in the state’s drinking water systems.

Bill Supporting Oklahoma’s Rural Water Systems Goes to President’s Desk

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday voted to send a bill that supports rural and small community waters systems in Oklahoma and across the country to the president’s desk. S. 611, the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act, a bill that reauthorizes federal assistance programs for small public water systems, passed the House unanimously

Mullin Continues to Fight President’s Overreaching Rules on Power Plants

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) on Tuesday voted to disapprove the Obama administration’s final rules regulating emissions from power plants. The resolutions, S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24, passed the U.S. Senate on November 17, 2015, and are identical to the disapproval resolutions Mullin cosponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Inhofe Votes to Advance Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2016

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement today after Senate Democrats blocked the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2016 from being considered in the Senate

Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Assistance

Farmers and ranchers affected by the May 5 to June 22 storms, tornadoes, flooding and straight-line winds could be eligible for assistance from several agencies. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency can assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate needs including grants to pay for

Disaster Assistance for Oklahoma Storms Expands to Include 12 More Counties

Homeowners, renters and business owners in 12 more Oklahoma counties affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding starting on May 5 through June 22 can now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. Those counties include Adair, Cherokee, Coal, Delaware, Garvin, Hughes, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Murray, Ottawa and Pontotoc, which now brings the total to 45.

Housing Authority accepting college housing applications in July, August

The Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation will accept applications for fall semester college housing assistance July 27–Aug. 7. “The College Housing Assistance Program is a small but meaningful way the Housing Authority can help students achieve their goal of a higher education,” said Gary Cooper, executive director of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation.

Inhofe, Lankford Voice Concerns about the Osage Nation’s Oil and Gas Estate

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) today sent a letter to Department of the Interior Sec. Sally Jewell expressing concerns about the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) management of Osage Nation’s oil and gas mineral estate on Osage County, Oklahoma

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OHFA Awards $600,000 to Organizations Providing Down Payment Assistance

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency’s Board of Trustees approved Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) contracts during its July meeting to provide funding for affordable housing in Oklahoma. OHFA is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designated state Participating Jurisdiction.

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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Net Leased Family Dollar

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant Family Dollar located at 1105 Tulsa Avenue in Kansas, Oklahoma for $975,000.