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State briefs for April 3


OSU-OKC receives $25K grant for driving classes

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City received a $25,000 grant from State Farm Insurance Co. to support defensive driving courses offered through OSU-OKC Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Staying Alive safe driving program provides hands-on and classroom experience to young drivers to help address common distracted-driving issues and teach defensive driving skills.

Grant funds also will be used to purchase a simulated impaired driving experience cart. The electric cart allows drivers and passengers to experience what can happen when they operate a vehicle while impaired or distracted. For more information about upcoming teen driving courses at OSU-OKC, go to

5K will benefit ministry helping refugees

The second-annual Spero Sprint will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Wheeler District. Proceeds will benefit The Spero Project, a nonprofit ministry serving resettled refugees who have come to the Oklahoma City area. The event features a competitive 5K certified by USA Track and Field at 9 a.m. and a one-mile fun run at 8:30 a.m.

It is presented by OBU Enactus, a business club at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. In addition to the partnership with The Spero Project, the club has been involved in work for the Shawnee community market and a mobile grocery store initiative in the surrounding area.

Runners can register online at The cost is $25 for the fun run and $35 for the 5K. Ferris wheel ride tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the race.


Veterans' Ride Connect expands services

Veterans’ Ride Connect has added a new transit provider to expand its transportation services for veterans to four new counties. JAMM Transit, a public transportation program of INCA Community Services, provides rural public transportation services in Johnston, Atoka, Marshall and Murray counties.

The addition increases the Veterans’ Ride Connect service area to more than 29 counties across eastern Oklahoma. More than 122,000 veterans who live in these counties can benefit from the transportation services.

Veterans’ Ride Connect transportation services are provided to all veterans regardless of age or financial status. There are fees for the transportation services, but the consortium works to bring veterans’ costs down through donations and grants.

For more information go to

Staff reports