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June News Byte 2023
It was a stormy month
Hello, Verified News Community! Happy Summer! VNN’s Trista Vaughn is here to bring you a quick June News Byte.
We had quite a few reports keeping us busy this month.
First, in Oklahoma, the Senate was one vote shy of overriding one of the Governor’s tribal compact vetoes this month. They also voted to extend the special session until July 31.
Also in Oklahoma, severe storms caused massive power outages and other damage across the state. Additional chaos ensued as the acting governor did not realize he was acting governor, as Stitt and Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell were both out of state.
Multiple areas of assistance are now being offered for victims, including $500 grocery store assistance for Muscogee Creek citizens who lost power for more than 12 hours.
In other Oklahoma news, VNN partnered with the Broken Arrow Sentinel to shine a light on the increase in homeless students in the Broken Arrow School District.
In Michigan, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a campaign to address lead in drinking water in homes in and around Grand Rapids. A free drinking water filter program for households in need was announced to the public.
Also in Michigan, witnesses near Bad Axe reported seeing a UFO in an “aerial dogfight” against F-16 fighter jets.
And in National news, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act, overturning the decision of a Texas Court that had called it unconstitutional.
Our VNN Affiliates stayed busy keeping their communities informed.
KFF Health News reported on the correlation of racial disparities and drownings as well as the impact of those disparities on lifeguard shortages.
And the Black Wall Street Times shared the story of its editor-in-chief, a descendent of the Tulsa Race Massacre, speaking about its impact while remembering the victims on the 102nd anniversary.
Native Commerce News sponsored by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma was all about The Gathering this month.
The Gathering Business summit will take place at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa this July. Organizers say this year is all about championing more diversity within national economies. More about that event next month.
Speaking of next month, we’ve got a busy July coming up as we hit the road with the Lucinda Hickory Research Institute for our Stealing Tvlse Summer Tour!
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