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Oklahoma City, Ok. – The Oklahoma State Department of Health has some tips to help keep down the mosquito populations which could carry the West Nile virus that affects birds and horses as well as humans. Take care to rid your yard of standing water which serves as mosquitoes' breeding grounds. Wash out bird baths and wading pools a couples of times a week and change pet water dishes often.

Lawton, Ok. – According to Lawton Arts and Humanities Administrator Margaret Chalfant, the $24,000 dollars in matching grants for programming in FY'03-04 from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts will allow annual programs to continue and even begin a new venture for children's art enrichment.
The money will go the the International Festival, Community Arts, Publications, School of the Arts and TheatreWorks, a children's performance.

Lawton, Ok. – Lawton police have been continuing to investigate the shootings at 315 S.E. Warwick Way that took place Tuesday, May 6, about 12:30 a.m. which left one man dead, another suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Lawton, Ok. – When May arrives, graduation plans are almost complete on the Cameron University campus. C.U.'s candidates for degrees will be dressed in their caps and gowns on Saturday, May 10, to march across the stage at the stadium, with Governor Brad Henry giving the address. Henry became Oklahoma's 26th governor, the youngest in state history at age 39, on January 13, 2003.

Lawton, Ok. – The public is invited to attend the free May 9 Cameron University Business Forum on "Information Security of Technology for Business" which will include three speakers. Addressing the session which gets started about 12:15 p.m. at the Will Rogers Room of Shepler Center on the Lawton campus will be John DiRenzo, David Smith and Dr Jennifer Barger of Cameron University. The session is free for the public. Guests also are invited to purchase lunch at the faculty cafeteria for $4.00 plus tax at 11:45 a.m. prior to the session.

Washington, D. C. – The toll-free Family Assistance Hotline is available to family members of soldiers on active duty, plus those in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve who are called to active duty. It's 1-800-833-6622 and answered 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT with information to questions about family support. Emergency assistance is available at other hours.
It cannot provide information about specific location, status or mailing address but cna link family members to family support groups and rear detachments.

Oklahoma City, Ok. – After 30 days of being in the high orange level for the Oklahoma Terror Alert Advisory scale, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has followed the federal lead in dropping down one level to the elevated yellow step. Henry said he wanted to recognize the efforts of law enforcement and security personnel, as well as responders, to protect the state with its many armed forces members participating in Operation Iraqui Freedom.

Oklahoma City, Ok. – State Representative Ron Kirby, Lawton Democrat and author of House Bill 1278 which is the companion bill for Senate Joint Resolution 22, says a web of games and politics apparently caused the snag in a possible vote on the education lottery issue this year.
Kirby notes the House members did not produce the 68 votes needed on April 16 for the special election status of SJR 22 which would have allowed the vote to take place this year, possibly in late summer.

Lawton, Ok. – The man in charge of the Marlow Post Office, Rodney Brooks, says his facility on Main Street will be open for those people who want to file last minute tax returns April 15. The window there will close at 10 p.m.

Lawton, Ok. – The Earth Day 2003 activities at Lawton's Elmer Thomas Park, N.W. 7th and Ferris, April 12, 9 a.m.- noon, will include the walk, run or ride around the park on the trail provided to support clean air.
And the Team Green Machine Race will be sponsored student groups from Cameron University, Great Plains Technology Center and Lawton Public Schools high schools who have built zero emissions vehicles for a race.

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