WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced plans Thursday to add more than 2,000 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites at select CVS Pharmacy locations across the country to support the company’s ongoing efforts to increase access to testing and help slow the spread of the virus.

The IRS recently announced its 2020 edition of its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams with a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to COVID-19 tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. Here are six of the more common scams.

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After a hotter-than-expected spring and early summer, Lawton building permits cooled in August.

Are you still waiting for your Economic Impact Payment? Did you get your payment, but it was for the wrong amount? The IRS initially said you needed to wait until filing your 2020 tax return to resolve any issues with missing or incorrect Economic Impact Payments. Thanks to the prodding of t…

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Here are several new tax laws passed this year to consider as you start planning your 2020 tax obligation.

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Lundy Kiger, R-Poteau, on Tuesday hosted an interim study on state park parking fees before the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services

LAWTON, OK — A City of Lawton trust authority established to handle a new economic development project is scheduled to hold its first meeting Tuesday.

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The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Brandi Sims has resigned as Vice President of Communications & Membership.

What is normally a reliable estimate of your taxes — the amount of money withheld from your paychecks by your employer — may be an unreliable estimate this year thanks to the current pandemic. Even worse, using the safety net of paying in what you did last year may not be practical if your f…

With the cost of college rising rapidly, it can be overwhelming to think about how to pay your way through school for either yourself or your kids. Fortunately, saving hundreds, even thousands, is possible. Teenagers can help keep down the cost of their future college tuition by taking the f…

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) has awarded multiple Dolese Bros. Co. locations with Safety Excellence Awards, including Coleman Quarry, Hartshorne Quarry, Ponca City’s 7 Mile Mine, Mustang Sand and OKC East Sand.

Arvest Bank has been recognized by Forbes magazine for the second time this year, this time as part of its “Best-In-State Banks 2020” lists for Missouri and Oklahoma.

More than 70% of small businesses in America now have loan proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help retain employees during the current pandemic. The entire amount of a PPP loan is eligible to be forgiven if the funds are used for qualified expenses. Recent legislation lib…

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Lawton construction permits topped $5 million for the third consecutive month in July after a pandemic-wracked April.

With 30-year fixed rate mortgages approaching historical lows of 3%, you may be thinking about refinancing an existing mortgage. But you better read the fine print before signing on the dotted line to avoid paying too much money. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when refinancing…

LAWTON, OK — Cohen Veterans Network (CVN) and Oklahoma City-based Red Rock Behavioral Health Services plan to open the proposed Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at 4202 SW Lee Blvd. this fall. It will provide behavioral health services for veterans, active-duty military and their family members.

Unemployment rates dipped across Southwest Oklahoma in June, but the numbers also contained some not-so-cheery news.

LAWTON, OK — Plans to convert the former Fairmont Creamery into a technology innovation park are on track, members of the Lawton Economic Development Corporation said.

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The most fruitful periods of growth often happen when they are the least expected. Teachers and parents call them teachable moments. By reflecting on how you handle the situation, you can learn a lot about yourself. The disruption caused by this year’s pandemic is a massive teachable moment …

Oklahoma grain elevator cash bids as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma grain elevator cash bids as of 2:00 pm Monday.

Small business owners, self-employed workers and freelancers received some welcome news when Congress recently passed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. This new law clarifies how businesses can qualify to have all or a portion of its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiven.

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Oklahoma grain elevator cash bids as of 2:00 pm Wednesday.

LAWTON, OK —On Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released the names of all Oklahoma organizations that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans of $150,000 or more.

You’ve done the hard work. You have a new business idea or you’ve found an existing business to purchase. Want to help ensure your business success? Pay attention to correctly setting up your business’ accounting system. Here’s how:

LAWTON, OK — Public Service Company of Oklahoma will be going to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission later this year with an energy request, after signing a lease with the U.S. Army for an energy resilience project on Fort Sill.

The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends have ranked Pam & Barry’s Team at Re/Max of Lawton No. 2 for Transaction Sides among small teams in the United States for 2020. The team led by Pam Marion and Barry Ezerski completed 551 transactions for 2019.

Lawton construction continued its tentative recovery in June as builders purchased permits worth more than $5.6 million.

State businesses can request to apply for Oklahoma Business Relief Program funds through participating financial institutions now through July 10. The financial institutions will evaluate applications based on the program rules and make a preliminary determination of business eligibility.

With close to 85% of purchases made with credit or debit cards, many people have forgotten the satisfying clinking sound of tossing a penny, nickel, dime or quarter into a glass jar of spare change. But all that is starting to change.

LAWTON, OK — Gene Love has been named chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and he said he's excited about the opportunity to continue overseeing the improvements that OTA will bring to the state at large and Southwest Oklahoma in particular.

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Lawton, OK — The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on supply chains for some Lawton businesses, causing longer wait times for receiving goods from manufacturers or not being able to get any products.

LAWTON, OK — The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Crowe & Dunlevy are teaming up to present a one-hour online seminar to educate employers on federal COVID-19 regulations.

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Many Americans have been focused on their own finances over the past several months. But don’t neglect helping those closest to you with their finances as well, especially aging parents. Here are some questions to ask your parents to help them sort through their financial picture.

Numerous new laws provide economic relief to individuals and businesses hardest hit by this year’s pandemic. This much-needed financial assistance, however, comes with a few strings attached.

LAWTON, OK — The Comanche County Fairgrounds is back up and running, and the staff will soon have a new weapon in its war against mold, mildew and COVID-19. Hint: It takes an aerosol to decimate an aerosolized virus.