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Oklahoma news briefs for March 15, 2014

Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services employee receives honor
Oklahoman Published: March 15, 2014

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State DRS employee wins award

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services honored Elaine Boykin this month as its 2013 Employee of the Year. Boykin received the award March 4 at department’s annual recognition program at the National Center for Employee Development. Boykin has been with the agency for more than 34 years. She is a program manager II at Shepherd Mall.

Ex-bank figure admits embezzling

A former bank officer is facing up to three years in prison and a $1 million fine after pleading guilty this week to embezzlement. Daniel James Abbott, 32, has charged earlier this month with embezzlement by a bank officer. The Calera man allegedly took more than $45,000 from First United Bank and Trust in Durant from October 2011 to September 2013, according to federal prosecutors. He remains free on bond pending sentencing.

UberX studies insurance issue

Online ride-sharing company UberX said in a blog post Friday it is taking actions to address ride sharing insurance gaps. The Property Casualty Insurance Association of America, however, said pending legislation in other states that would force personal auto insurance to cover some ride sharing activities does not clarify coverage issues. “Ride sharing companies need to understand the complexity of insurance laws across the nation,” said Robert Passmore, the association’s senior director of personal lines policy.

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