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.
Lawton, Ok. – Lawton Mayor Cecil Powell has called the firing of artillery and the resulting booms from Ft. Sill "the sounds of freedom." And residents have been continuing to hear the periodic booms as the post continues its training mission, according to the Ft. Sill Public Affairs Office.