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."