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Oklahoma lawmakers talk suicide; Fire forces evacuations

Oklahoma lawmakers talk suicide; Fire forces evacuations

Lawmakers share personal stories 

This combination of 2004 and 2016 file photos shows fashion designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain in New York. A U.S. report released in June 2018 found an uptick in suicide rates in nearly every state since 1999. Middle-aged adults _ ages 45 to 64 _ had the largest rate increase. Bourdain was 61 and Spade was 55. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, Andy Kropa/Invision)

The Oklahoman’s Chris Casteel spoke to several lawmakers about suicide in the wake of the deaths of both Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain this month. 

The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain last week led some Oklahoma state lawmakers to share their own struggles with depression to underscore the fact that anyone is susceptible.

“There is no profession and no walk of life that is free from depression,” Rep. Monroe Nichols, a Tulsa Democrat, said in an interview Tuesday.

Rep. Cyndi Munson, an Oklahoma City Democrat, said depression crosses all lines of gender, race and class and that she has seen it in friends and colleagues who are, by all appearances, very successful.

“I want people to know what you see on the outside is not necessarily what’s going on inside,” she said.

More here. 

Colorado fires cause evacuations 

Nearly 1,400 homes have been evacuated in Summit County, Colorado as the Buffalo wildfire burns nearby, according to Summit Fire & EMS.

The fire began Tuesday and has burned 91 acres in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest, officials said.

More here.


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