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Oklahoma City, Ok. – Oklahoma's Homeland Security Threat Level was raised March 17 to the High Condition/Orange status after Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry received notification of the increased alert to high/orange status at the federal level from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Atlanta, Ga. – One way to keep mosquitoes from invading your home territory is to keep them from breeding near your house. With better weather, it's a good time to scout around your yard. Pick up trash and empty any containers that may have accumulated recent precipitation to keep mosquitoes from breeding there.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes it will soon be time for West Nile virus watches to begin around the nation with some birds considered to give early warning as they are susceptible to the mosquito-borne illness.

Lawton, Ok. – Cameron University's School of Business hosts its March 12 Business Forum for the public on the topic of "Challenges Facing the Healthcare Industry: What Should the Consumer Expect?" The forum is free in the Will Rogers Room of Shepler Center on the Lawton campus during the noon hour with an optional lunch available at a nominal cost.
Presenters will be Randy Segler, Administrator, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, plus Administrator Tom Rine of HCA Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton.

Oklahoma City, Ok. – Oklahoma already was represented by more than 3,000 Ok. National Guard and Reserve members called to active duty with possible war threatened in Iraq. Now about 350 more Army Guard members have received orders to deploy for repositioning in the global war on terrorism.
Included are some 200 soldiers with the 1345th Transportation Company in Midwest City, about 50 with the 45th Rear Operation Center in Midwest City, and some 100 with the 45th Headquarters Batter in Enid.

Lawton, Ok. – The Cameron University Department of Music and Theatre Arts is presenting the 1970s Broadway musical "Godspell" March 6-9 as part of its academic festival,"Beyond Borders: Globalization and the Human Experience."
Based on the Gospel of Matthew, this retelling of the story of Jesus Christ involves a musical score with mime, comedy and slapstick with the twist of a circus theme, according to CU Theatre Chair Scott Richard Klein. Klein notes tickets are on sale now with CU students admitted free with proper identification.

Lawton, Ok. – Cameron University is putting the finishing touches on its "CU Saturday" event set March 8 for prospective students.

Lawton, Ok. – Sixteen states sent participants to Cameron University over the weekend as the Lawton campus hosted the 21st annual novice national tournament for speech and debate students.
Cameron finished with the highest number of team points just ahead of Florida State University in capturing 16 awards and winning the title of "National Champion."
According to CU's Eddie Skaggs, director of the team, "We have a good core of first-year competitors who are excited about the activity. They work hard, and they are very deserving of the 'National Champion' title."

Oklahoma City, Ok. – Oklahoma's move to change its terrorism alert level followed the federal government's lead today in lowering the national alert level by one from orange or high, where it had been for about three weeks, to the middle yellow level. The yellow elevated condition is declared when there is a significant risk of terror attacks, when neither a specific region nor target in the U.S. has been identified by intellegence information presented at the federal level.

Lawton, Ok. – As tempting as that ice on a pond might look, it's seldom cold enough long enough to produce ice capable of safely supporting people for ice skating or sliding. And Lawton Fire Chief Bart Hadley says each winter he reads tragic stories of locations around the nation where children, and even adults, have fallen through thin ice.

Lawton, Ok. – If you plan to travel to various locations around our region, there are some phone numbers to call to find out the latest road conditions.
For Oklahoma, 1-405-425-2385.
For Texas, 1-800-452-9292.
For Arkansas, 1-800-245-1672.
For Missouri, 1-800-222-6400.
For Kansas, 1-800-585-7623.

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