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Oklahoma City, OK – According to State Chamber President Dick Rush, the association favors passage of State Questions 693, 697, 701, and 703 while opposing State Question 704. State Question 701 proposes a consitutional amendment to limit the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund to 5.5 percent of the fund's average market value. Rush notes it's endorsed by leadership in both parties and would ensure consistant annual funding from the tobacco settlement money for smoking cessation, public health and education programs.

Oklahoma City, OK – During the past week, four new human cases of West Nile disease have been reported and confirmed, bringing the state's total to eight so far in 2002. There have been no human deaths from the disease carried by mosquitoes so far, and all victims are reported to be recovering although one remains in the hospital. The new cases include a 69 year-old woman from Muskogee County, a 50 year-old man from Okmulgee County, a 67 year-old man from Pushmataha County and a 69 year-old woman from Oklahoma County.

Oklahoma City, OK – Voter registration applications are available at Oklahoma county election board offices, area tag agencies, public libraries and other locations for residents to fill out and mail in for consideration. Forms must be postmarked by midnight October 11 to qualify for voting in the November 5 General Election. On the ballot will be nine state questions, statewide elected office races, Congressional races, one U. S. Senate race, some Oklahoma House and Senate races plus local office races and issues in some areas.

Oklahoma City, OK – There are no new human cases confirmed for Oklahoma so the total for 2002 remains at 4 with all recovering and the good news is no persons have died in the Sooner State due to West Nile Virus complications. 307 birds collected from 28 counties tested positive for the virus, 40 are new cases with the most from Tulsa County (15), Oklahoma County (6), Cleveland County (4), and Payne County (4).

Lawton, OK – The public is invited to the free forum to hear from the three candidates, State Senator Brad Henry, (D) of Shawnee, former Congressman Steve Largent (R), and independent candidate Gary Richardson, a Tulsa attorney. It is being presented by the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Retired Officers Association, the Association of the United States Army, the Military Order of World Wars and the Comanche County Veterans Council. A continental breakfast is being served in the lobby starting at 6:30 a.m. and for reservations call 355-3541.

Norman, OK – Each week more than 2.5 million listeners enjoy Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show on more than 450 public radio stations including KCCU. Keillor will present his free talk in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, on the O.U. Norman campus. Those attending are urged to arrive early to ensure seating. The lobby will open at 3 p.m. with Keillor to start speaking at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. O.U. President David Boren said, "We ar looking forward to the visit of one of America's best-known broadcast personalities."

Oklahoma City, OK – State health department officials note initial doses of last year's vaccine were not received by local health departments and nursing homes until November 7. But from information about distribution this year, officials expect Oklahoma to have half of its total doses in the state by November 1 with another 40 percent arriving in November. They recommend high risk persons--those over age 64, having some chronic health conditions, children from six months to 23 months old, and health care workers--be vaccinated first.

Lawton, OK – Cameron University's Academic Festival V, "Beyond Borders: Globalization & The Human Experience," continues this week with Thursday's 7 p.m. lecture which is free for the public. Guest peaker is Dr. Russell Buhite, currently a professor at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Buhite will examine the history of terrorism and hostage-taking directed against the U.S. during the past 30 years. He will assess the interplay between acts of violence against Americans and U.S. policy overseas. The free lecture is open to the public at the University Theater.

Lawton, Ok. – The Festival V lecture is free to the public on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the University Theater featuring Dr. Russell Buhite from the University of Missouri at Rolla.
Convocation at the Fine Arts Courtyard Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. includes the induction ceremony for Dr. Ross. That afternoon there are campus tours and two seminars, one on investing, the other on leadership. A 6 p.m. cookout is followed by a dance.

Oklahoma U.S.A. – To focus attention on committing to a lifestyle which is healthier, including exercise, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Dr. Leslie Beitsch will lead participants in an Oklahoma City Walk Oct. 2. Many other communities around the state are holding walks for health (contact your local health department) or you can just do a walk for health on your own. Then log onto the website at www.otpc.org to enter details about your walk in helping to reach the goal of 100,000 Oklahoma walkers (also a place to get more details).

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