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MCSO in Durant to pay $1.5 million to resolve false claims act lawsuit

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MUSKOGEE – The Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant and its parent company, Health Management Associates Inc., have agreed to pay $1,065,000 to the United States and $435,000 to the State of Oklahoma to resolve allegations that the hospital billed for unnecessary surgical procedures by a doctor at the hospital. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma made the announcement Friday. In a federal lawsuit, the hospital was accused of billing SoonerCare, the Oklahoma Medicaid Program, for surgical procedures performed by Dr. Daniel Castro and related hospital services that were not medically necessary, according...


Savage Storm tennis teams stubble in semifinals

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — After a marathon five-hour match in the Great American Conference Tournament semifinal, Southeastern men’s tennis team saw its bid for sweeping the regular season and postseason conference titles come to an end after being upset by Ouachita Baptist 5-4 in Bentonville, Ark.The loss drops the Savage Storm to 13-7 on the season and leaves the team waiting to learn of its potential NCAA tournament chances.Top-seeded SE came into the event afte...

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Library luncheon to be held Thursday

Piloting a jet over magnificent mountain ranges and endless deserts, George Goldthwaite developed a love for the American West that developed into a second career as a writer of Western novels.Goldthwaite will speak about his books at a Brown-Bag Luncheon at noon on Thursday, April 24, at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library, 1515 W. Main St. in Durant.The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Reynolds Library and is free to the public. Attendees are encourage...

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Emergency Management prepares to move

It’s been two years in the making, and Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management will be waiting approximately another year to enter its new facility, but plans are underway.Emergency Management Director James Dalton said they received a $1 million grant two years ago to build the facility and have since been going through the environmental studies and paperwork to secure the land needed.The new facility will be located near the Durant Regional Airport-Eaker Field. ...

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Parks and Speer wed

Karla Leigh Parks and Chad Wayne Speer were united in marriage on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The wedding was held at the Valley of the Falls at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Valley of the Falls is a setting of waterfalls that surround a Greek-like Parthenon under which the ceremony took place.The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parks. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Houser, and the late Mr. Haynie Burkhalter....

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Lady Storm softballers sweep SW in GAC play

Southeastern took care of business here Friday with a 4-0, 11-2 (five innings) sweep of Southwestern in Great American Conference softball action.Hits were scarce in the first game and Jessica Simmons provided two of SE’s three hits and scored three of the four runs. She also walked and stole two bases.Mindy McElroy took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and lost it when Adrienne Martinez led off with a grounder up the middle that turned into a hit when Storm sho...

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Leopards clip Mustangs, 3-0

BOKCHITO — The Colbert Leopards crossed the plate only three times Friday, but it was enough to take the road win from Rock Creek.Both teams missed chances to score. Colbert left three runners on base in the second inning, two each in the fourth and sixth, and one in the first and seventh. Rock Creek stranded two in the third and one each in the first and fifth.It was a scoreless game until the top of the fourth, when Colbert took a 2-0 lead. With one out, Keller C...

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Durant Lions JV sweeps McAlester

The Durant Lion junior varsity rode stellar pitching and solid defense to a doubleheader sweep of McAlester on Friday evening at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.In the opener, the hosts rolled to an 8-0 run-rule triumph before squeezing out a 3-1 decision in Game 2, improving to 14-4 on the season.Matthew Knox twirled four innings in the opening game, scattering three hits to pick up the pitching victory. Drew Smith tossed a scoreless fifth to preserve the run rule....

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