Oklahoma City, Ok. – Ok. Governor Brad Henry said, "The safety of Oklahoma citizens is our number one concern, and we are going to do everything possible to protect them." Henry stressed the February 7 elevation of the threat level was triggered by the national alert and it went up to the high risk, color-coded orange level. The govenor noted it was not due to receipt of any information indicating a threat specific to the Sooner State.
Lawton, Ok. – The public is invited to the Circle The State With Song Region I Honor Choir Festival Concert at the Simmons Center in Duncan on February 8 at 3:30 p.m. It includes fourth through eighth grade students who were selected by audtion from Stephens, Comanche, Cotton and Jefferson counties. One of 14 Honor Choir Festival Concerts taking place across the state, it will feature guest clinician Ms. Bonnita Franklin of Lanston University and accompanist David Anderson of Lawton Public Schools. Cheryl Johnson of Duncan is coordinator of the choir.
Oklahoma City, Ok. – The initial shipment of smallpox vaccine to the Oklahoma State Department of Health includes 500 doses. It also has special vaccinator needles as well as information kits. The agency is scheduled to start vaccinating a core group of its central office employees plus some staffers of the city-county health department offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa in coming weeks. The agency has been holding nurse vaccinator training sessions throught the state to teach nurses how to administer the vaccine and monitor those receiving it.
Lawton, Ok. – Ft. Sill deployed about 300 soldiers, members of transportation and engineering units on January 14, and about 100 more on January 20. These were deployments done in conjunction with President Bush's war on terrorism. And although the exact missions, troop figures and destinations were not announced for security reasons, the post did advise the media about the deployments so reports could be made public.
Washington, D.C. – In Oklahoma, smoking-caused health care costs the state and its taxpayers $908 million annually. And 24 percent of Sooner State high school students smoke. Each year 9,100 more children and teens become daily smokers and one-third of them will die prematurely due to smoking related illnesses. The report released today called "Show Us the Money: An Update on the States' Allocation of the Tobacco Settlement Dollars," puts Oklahoma in 42nd place in funding programs to protect kids from tobacco.