Okla. Economic Outlook Conference set Wednesday
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The 2014 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference is slated to be held this week in Oklahoma City.
The conference is sponsored by Oklahoma State University's Center for Applied Economic Research and will begin Wednesday morning at the Metro Technology Center at Springlake Campus.
Speakers at the event include Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague, Deidre D. Myers, with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Chad Wilkerson with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, among others.
NEW ETHICS RULES
Proposed Okla. ethics rules changes raise concern
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A plan to increase by 500 percent the amount in meals and other gifts that a lobbyist can give to a legislator each year is raising concerns from a public watchdog group and some state legislators.
The proposed change is part of a major overhaul of the rules of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission that govern the activities of candidates, campaigns and lobbyists.
Under current rules, a lobbyist is limited to giving a legislator $100 worth of meals and gifts, but there are more than a dozen exclusions. The new rule would increase the limit to $500, and eliminate the exclusions.
The change is opposed by the public watchdog group Common Cause, whose chairman says he's concerned about the growing ability of lobbyists to "wine and dine" policymakers.
NEW HEALTH CLINIC-TULSA
Troubled area in Tulsa getting new health clinic
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A troubled area of south Tulsa is getting a new health clinic this week.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett is scheduled to host a dedication Wednesday for the new Maternal and Women's Health Clinic in the 61st and Peoria neighborhood.
The clinic will help women who don't have access to health care and provide services such as maternity care, free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, family planning and women's health exams.
Bartlett says family planning and medical health issues were two areas identified by a task force as needs for that community.
The area has been marked by several tragedies this year, including the shooting deaths of four women at a nearby apartment complex in January and the deaths of two young girls in an apartment fire last month.
WINTER WEATHER-SAFETY TIPS
Red Cross, AAA offer tips ahead of winter storm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The American Red Cross and AAA are offering safety tips ahead of a winter storm that is expected to drop temperatures and bring a wintry mix of snow, ice and sleet.
The Red Cross says people should prepare a storm kit that includes warm clothes, blankets, first-aid kit, canned food and water. Cars should be winterized and gas tanks full. Homes should be insulated and water should run to prevent pipes from freezing.
AAA is urging residents to drive slowly on roads and accelerate and decelerate cautiously.
And the easiest way to stay safe during a winter storm? Stay at home. AAA says that if someone doesn't have to go out, they shouldn't.
NH AG hopes rebuilt skull can ID 1969 slay victim
SALEM, N.H. (AP) - An Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation forensic artist is helping the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office in efforts to identify a 1969 slaying victim.
The body of a white man between 28 and 40 years old was dumped off Interstate 93 in Salem, N.H., and found by a road crew on Aug. 7, 1969, in a small water pit. He had been shot four times.
The attorney general's office and Salem Police Department reopened the investigation in December 2012. The body was exhumed from an unmarked grave in Pine Grove Cemetery last year and some of the bones sent to the FBI Nuclear DNA Unit for examination.
The skull was sent to forensic artist Harvey Pratt of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation who reconstructed it.
Photos are available on the attorney general's website: http://doj.nh.gov/.
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