Updated: Jan 24, 2021
The Community Focus Update Date: January 21st, 2021
Note: This is a working document information may change. Missing numbers means stories were dropped. (FSG)
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-:60 Opener/Lower third (Mike) (One shot) (Zoom in) Mike: Welcome to our 42nd episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff. Nice three day weekend. Backpacking crossed creek.
(One shot) Mike: In this week’s program. In this week’s program. We'll learn about a bipartisan caucus that will address mental health and crime. We'll interview the folks at CASA of Northeast Oklahoma about an upcoming fundraiser. Later in the program we'll recap events at the Miami City Council meeting.
Before we dive into what going on around Ottawa County let's talk about our sponsors. -Graphic
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-Pewitt Law Graphic Mike: Since 1992, Douglas Pewitt has been serving the public as an attoney. If you have questions about Family law to include divorce and child custody, auto or personal injury, or found yourself on the other side of the law. Call Pewitt Law Offices at 918-542-8400. Mike: If you’d like to advertise or be a sponsor of The Community Focus Update it’s only $10 an episode during the covid-19 pandemic. Email me at Michael Woodruff Media Management dot com with the Word “advertising” in the subject line. #1(One shot/Graphic) (Legislators Launch Mental Health Caucus to Address Ongoing Crisis)
Mike: Twenty-eight members of the Oklahoma Legislature today announced the formation of a bipartisan, bicameral legislative caucus to serve as a forum for legislators to discuss bipartisan solutions to the state’s ongoing mental health and addiction crisis.
The caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Josh West, R-Grove, and Sen. Julia Kirt, D-Oklahoma City, will convene monthly during legislative session to stay informed on key mental health issues and discuss ideas for improving care and systems in Oklahoma.
Mike: One in five Oklahomans had a mental health condition prior to COVID-19. Now an estimated 40% of Oklahomans are experiencing anxiety and depression, and the CDC reports that Oklahoma opioid overdoses have increased by more than 50% in the last 12 months. Due to an increase in the trauma associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the risk of childhood mental health conditions also has elevated.
Untreated mental illness and addiction leads to increasing costs for government and the private sector, less economic growth, and poorer educational and health outcomes. Nearly 60% of Oklahomans in need of treatment last year did not receive it, according to Mental Health America.
The Oklahoma Legislature will consider a number of bills and funding issues in 2021 that will shape the future of this issue, including agency funding, Medicaid changes, telehealth and mental health parity, law enforcement and first responder supports, and school-based services. This caucus will discuss and review key ideas with access to available data, national best practices and state experts.
Among the founding memebrs of the bipartisan Mental Health caucus is State Representative Steve Bashore of Miami.
https://www.okhouse.gov/Media/News_Story.aspx?NewsID=7860 #2(One shot/Graphic) (Fairland Drivers Ed) Mike: Coming up on Saturday Morning January 23rd from 8 to noon Fairland Public Schools is offering Driver's Ed for Fairland students over 15 years old. The cost is $150 and the class will meet every Saturday from 8 to noon. Once completed, students will receive a certificate that allows them to get their drivers permit. To learn more please email Coach Chad Ross at the email on the screen. firstname.lastname@example.org #3 (one shot/graphic) (Netflix Scam)
Mike: You receive a text message that says something like this: “Due to the pandemic, Netflix is offering everyone a free year of service to help you stay at home. Click the link to sign up.” Sounds great, right? If you click, you’ll be taken to a website to fill out your personal information and add a payment method.
However, the website is not run by Netflix! If you “sign up,” you’ll have given your personal information to a scammer. If you add payment information, you may be charged for services that you’ll never receive because scammer doesn’t have anything to do with Netflix.
With many legitimate businesses using text messages to communicate with customers, scammers have come up with their own SMS cons. These are often called “smishing” (for SMS phishing) scams. So how can you avoid becoming a victions of these types of scams? Here are a few tips. -Graphic
Mike: Don’t believe every text you receive. As a general rule, companies can’t send you text messages unless you opt in to receive them. If you receive a text message from a company you haven’t given permission to contact you in this way, proceed with caution.
Go straight to the source. If an offer seems strange, or too good to be true, contact the company directly by looking up their official contact information online. Call or email customer service to find out if the text message you received is legitimate.
Take a close look at web addresses.If you follow a link in a text message that you believe is legitimate, examine the web address carefully before you take any action to make sure you are visiting a company’s official website and not a look-alike.
Ignore instructions to text “STOP” or “NO.” Even if you realize the message is a scam, don’t text back for any reason. Scammers may want you to text back to verify that your phone number is an active one. Instead, simply block the number so you won’t receive messages from it in the future.
Change your password. Even if you don’t fall for this scam, Netflix advises its customers to change their password if they’ve been targeted.
Mike: If you have questions, please visit the better Business Bureau.
(One Shot/Video) #4 (CASA Fundraiser)
Mike: As the Covid-19 pandemic continues on local nonprofits had to get creative in their fundraising in order to keep their doors open and serve the public. Once such organization is The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma. Marketing Director Melissa Barnes explains.
Lower Third: Melissa Barnes, Marketing Director, CASA of Northeast Oklahoma
Lower Third: Melinda Stotts, CASA of Northeast Oklahoma
Mike: Again Woodruff Media Management will be livestreaming this event. To learn more visit the CASA of Northeast Oklahoma Facebook page.
(One Shot/Graphic/Video) #5 (Miami Covid-19 Report) Mike: At the the Miami City Council Meeting on Tuesday January 19th , local physician Dr. Mark Osborn delivered the latest statistics concerning Covid-19 and a plea for a mask mandate. Here are those comments. - Lower Third: Mark Osborn, M.D, Integris Hospital Miami
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Mike: Coming up after the break, we’ll be recapping the inauguration of President Joe Biden with Debbie Lankford, President of the Ottawa County Democrats Until then here's a list of upcoming government meetings opened to the public.
Upcoming Government Meetings
Ottawa County Board of County Commissioners- January 25, 9 am Miami City Council January 25, 6pm Commercial Break (Unity of Joplin :30, Paid)
(One Shot/Zoom Video with Video from Whitehouse.gov) #6 (Biden Inauguration/Agenda)(Story Dropped due to guest scheduling) Mike: While 75% of Ottawa County voters voted for the reelection of Donald Trump. 51.4% of Americans decided former Vice President Joe Biden should lead the country for the next four years. Among these voters was Debbie Lankford, president of the Ottwaw County Democrats. Welcome…
Lower Third- Debbie Lankford, President, Ottawa County Democrats Check out our 2020 election coverage. https://www.facebook.com/392963220757083/videos/1495509930645119
Mike: After the break we'll be reporting on another event that happened at the Miami City Council meeting….Here's a piece of trivia you may not know.
Comercial Break (Osborn drug :30, Paid) #8 (One shot/Video)
(Miamian Speaks Out Against Pro-Trump Business Leaders)
Mike: At the begining of the bi-monthly City Council meeting, citizens have an opportunity to voice their concerns about pretty much anything. Miamian Justin Addis delivered a request for removing local café owner Lacey Perry from the Mayor's Citizens Co-operative advisory board established on November 3rd of last year in response to a recent attendence of a pro-trump rally on January 6th at our nations capitol that partially turned into a storming of the building and resulted in 5 dead. Here is that full comment. -Lower Third: Justin Addis, Miami Resident
Mike: At press time we did reach out the Lacey and Zack Perry owners of Zack's Café in Miami via Facebook Messenger and personally going to the café for comment. Within a few minutes of giving the hostess my card I got this instant message.
"I’m going to have to kindly decline. My lawyer is involved now. I will put my side of the story out when he says so. Pretty sad it’s came down to this. Thank you."
Mike: Expecting this may happen we opted to do some fact checking.
-Public Records via Freedom of Information Act requests from government watchgroups and news agencies nationwide, show on April 6th, 2020, a $48,500 Paycheck Protection Program loan was processed by Arvest Bank and approved by the Small Business Administration in order to retain 25 jobs at Zack's Café located at 220 N Main St in Miami, Oklahoma.
-Currently there is no proof of the Perry's involvement in the storming of The Capitol building on January 6th and according to a recent statement by US Attorney General Trent Shores "All non-violent protestors are not viewed as criminals and their actions are constitutionally protected."
-Upon visiting Zack's Café to get the Perry's side of the story I encountered an unmasked hostess and witnessed 2 unmasked employees carrying food to tables. Since I was seated by the hostess stand I was unable to see if social distancing guidelines for resturants established by the CDC were being followed.
-According to The Freedom Forum Institute, a First Amendment Think tank, "An opinion is not libel. Libel refers to specific facts that can be proved untrue." While Mr. Addis could be sued for defamation of character or slander, public figures such as business owners, public servants, government officials are more likely to lose these cases. Since the Perry's have been very vocal and involving themselves in a public controversy, like attending a political rally and being involved with city issues, they may be considered a “limited purpose public figure” for those particular set of issues Mr. Addis mentioned.
Mike: As this story progresses we'll keep you informed. Until then visit our transcript to learn who else in the community applied for PPP loans and learn more about other aspects of this story.
Sources: CARES Act (Congress's authorization for PPP loans and criteria) https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr748/BILLS-116hr748enr.pdf Number of applicants in Miami https://sba.app.box.com/s/39a5e16r162qtxo8j7mhrncsjky0t498 Area business that received PPP loans https://www.federalpay.org/paycheck-protection-program Zack's Café Info https://www.federalpay.org/paycheck-protection-program/zacks-cafe-miami-ok Mayor's Citizens Co-operative Advisory Board https://www.miamiokla.net/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_11032020-3336 US Attorney Generals Office Statement https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndok/pr/statement-us-attorney-trent-shores-response-media-inquiries-about-investigation-and CDC Guidelines for Resturants https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/business-employers/bars-restaurants.html Defamation Law https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/primers/libellaw/
-Graphic Today's Question
Mike: So here's the question: Should businesses publicly share their political leanings? Feel free to comment below or take the poll on the screen/ -Camera
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