News to Know: Oklahoma Gov. Stitt’s campaign ad under investigation, and new legislation pushing for safety in schools

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma County’s top prosecutor says he’s investigating whether a recent campaign ad by Governor Kevin Stitt violates state law and ethics rules. David Prater says he launched an investigation after a bi-partisan group of house legislators suggested the ad violates state law. The 30-second spot titled “Track Record” touts Stitt’s appointment of Attorney General John O’Connor, who is prominently featured 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 candidate committee. Stitt’s campaign says it will pause airing the ad.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin woman is dead after a crash Wednesday. It happened at Missouri 66 at Central City Road, west of Joplin. Missouri State Highway Patrol says 71-year-old Cynthia Myers failed to yield to another vehicle. Myers was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the other vehicle received moderate injuries. You can view the crash report here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall and U.S. Congressman Mike Garcia introduced a new legislation to provide more safety to schools. The safe schools act allows covid relief dollars to be used towards providing schools in the elementary and secondary school emergency relief more physical security. The security could range from locks, panic buttons, and hiring armed school resource officers. School systems across the county received a combined $180-Billion dollars in relief and only used $30-Billion of those funds.

PURCELL, Mo. – Missouri State Auditor Nichole Galloway gives one Jasper County City the lowest audit rating obtainable. Galloway identified significant weaknesses in Purcell, Missouri that led to missing money. This comes after former Mayor Pro-Tem Nancy Wilson pleaded guilty in January for misdemeanor stealing from the city. Authorities say Wilson wrote checks from the city and deposited them in her own bank account in March and April of last year. Galloway said, “Our audit found a lack of oversight and segregation of duties by the former board of alderman in Purcell that directly contributed to public funds being misappropriated.” She said the current board has their work cut out for them to earn the trust of residents and that the audit has provided recommendations. For more details on the audit click here.

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