Vehicle-deer collisions down 4.3 %
Drivers take heart. The odds of crashing into a deer have declined by 4.3 percent, State Farm reported Monday. The insurance company calculated the rate by using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration. Oklahoma dropped to No. 31 among states where such a collision is most likely, as its rate fell from 1-in-182 to 1-in-207. “This year's numbers represent some good news in traffic safety,” company spokesman Jim Camoriano said. “There are likely several contributing factors to the overall decline, but we'd like to think the awareness we are bringing to deer-vehicle collisions each year is part of the reason.”
Lender gets Diamond Award
NORMAN — Republic Bank & Trust has been honored as a 2013 Diamond Award Mortgage lender by the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. The agency recognized the top 10 producing lenders in its Advantage Mortgage Revenue Bond program, which provides assistance to homebuyers across the state. Republic assisted 28 first-time buyers in obtaining assistance through the program. “My first-time homebuyer applicants' eyes light up when I tell them about the OHFA Bond program,” said Kim Giebler, Republic's vice president and mortgage originator. “This tax-exempt gift program often is what can help them realize their dream of becoming a homeowner.”
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