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Oklahoma state briefs, April 26

Oklahoma state briefs, April 26
Modified: April 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: April 26, 2013



More patients

test positive

Testing continues for patients of a Tulsa dentist under investigation for sanitation issues. The state Health Department announced Thursday that eight new cases of hepatitis C have been identified among Dr. Wayne Scott Harrington's patients, bringing the total to 65 people. No new positive cases of hepatitis B or HIV were reported. Harrington closed his practices in Tulsa and Owasso in March after a state Board of Dentistry investigation revealed practices that board officials say violate the State Dental Act. To date, 3,568 people have visited county health departments throughout the state to have their blood drawn for testing as part of this public health response. An unknown number have sought testing through private health care providers.



Mayor retires after 32 years

Cheyenne Mayor Glenna Kirk has retired after more than three decades of service to the western Oklahoma town. At a recent ceremony, Kirk recalled that she decided to run for the Cheyenne city board on a whim. Once she was elected, she learned that the city had stacks of unpaid bills and major financial troubles. Kirk said she and other board members went to a bank and took out a loan to help the city out of debt. Kirk served on the town board without pay for 32 years. She said one of her proudest accomplishments was when the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site joined the National Park Service in 1996.



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