Lawton, Ok. – The Oklahoma Blood Institute is trying to replenish the blood supply which typically runs low during the busy holiday season. This year the flu is also keeping possible donors away and that has OBI officials concerned as they supply 90 Oklahoma hospitals as well as the U.S. troops in Iraq with blood.
Lawton, Ok. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investgation and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol set up their command post near Randlett in Cotton County as they continued to probe the Dec. 26 shooting death of Trooper Nikky Green. The 35-year old Green was investigating a man and a suspicious car on a rural road not far from his Devol home early Friday morning when he was killed.
Lawton, Ok. – A special concert set for January 17 at 8 p.m. to rededicate the newly refurbished grand piano at McMahon Memorial Auditorium in Lawton has been cancelled.
The concert was planned by the Lawton Philharmonic Society, and the board's president said the piano soloist who had been scheduled to perform with Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra before the '03-04 season was cancelled, had agreed to perform. But the concert was cancelled after continuing problems with the muscians union which is based in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – Ok. Governor Brad Henry said he followed the federal lead in raising Oklahoma's level to orange or high and urged the people to remain alert. Henry said no specific threats had been directed at Oklahoma at the time he made the decision on the morning of Dec. 21 after a conference call with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. He urged people seeing anything suspicious to contact law enforcement officials.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the number of reported flu cases in the Sooner State has reached the epidemic level. And so far at least seven Sooner State people have died from flu complications. The list includes three elderly persons plus an infant, a 13 year old Tulsa girl with asthma who did not have a flu shot, and a 28 year old woman.