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.
Lawton, Ok. – KCCU is bringing the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra conducted by Buddy Morrow featuring vocalist Walt Andrus to Lawton on Saturday, Feb. 15. The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place at McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 N.W. Ferris. "It's a great gift for your valentine," said KCCU General Manager Mark Norman. All seats are reserved and tickets may be purchased for $12.50 or $10. For ticket information call the McMahon Box Office at 580-581-3472.
Lawton, Ok. – College-bound students of any age are invited to take advantage of free workshops in the area which will focus on information to allow them to apply for financial assistance. The information provided on admissions and financial aid will be valid for all colleges and universities in Oklahoma and may be used by high school students as well as adults. It will be presented at theses sessions by Cameron University admissions and financial assistance staff members. The free sessions are open to the public.