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Troopers jail 119 drunken drivers over the 4th.

July 6, 2011


Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol had a busy 4th of July weekend
resulting in 475 motorist assists, as well as investigating 199 collisions
(28 alcohol related), issuing 751 speed citations, 547 safety belt
citations, and jailing 119 drivers for Driving Under the Influence.

While the preliminary numbers add up to 5 fatalities, and 1 drowning, it
does look like an overall reduction from 2010 whem authorities reported 10
traffic related deaths, and zero drownings.

"It was an exrtremely HOT holiday-weekend, and our Troopers stayed super

False chinch bug threat may target sorghum, soybean fields

July 6, 2011

By OSU Extension Services

The battle with false chinch bugs in canola may be over, but these pests thrive in drought conditions and are not above targeting additional crops, such as those raised by Oklahoma sorghum and soybean growers.

These insects typically feed on plants in the mustard and beet family, but when their preferred foods dry up because of plant maturity or having been sprayed with a burndown before planting in no-till operations, the pests leave in search of other tasty treats.

Thoughts on the "Me" Generation

June 29, 2011

By Tracy Steffenson

I absolutely hate the fact that we've become a country where all that matters is "me" and "now." America was once a country where people worked together to form a society which looked out for each other while pulling their own weights, like ants; instead we have become a society of individuals, a society of wolves.

Drought to have multi-year effect on rebuilding of the U.S. cow herd

June 29, 2011

By OSU Extension Services

Ongoing drought conditions in the southern Great Plains states make it increasingly likely the rebuilding of the United States’ cow herd will take four years or more.

For the year to date, beef cow slaughter decreased 4.4 percent nationally while beef cow slaughter in Region 6, which closely corresponds to the drought area, increased 11.7 percent.

Oklahoma Blood Institute and the OKC Zoo Team Up to Help Patients “Feel Strong”

June 22, 2011

Blood donors aren’t the only ones who “feel strong” when they donate with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Patients who rely on blood from local donors also feel strong knowing blood is available, if needed.
The Oklahoma City Zoo has, once again, joined OBI this summer by providing a voucher, good for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, for each donor.

Chainsaw safety important as tornado cleanup begins

June 22, 2011

By OSU Extension Services
Many Oklahomans are now faced with a massive cleanup job as several tornados recently ripped through the state. The storms left much destruction in their wakes, including houses, cars and trees.
Property owners are now forced to bust out the chainsaw and begin carving away.
However, proper preparation is necessary to ensure that the chainsaw does not mistake an arm or leg for a fallen tree. Not just the preparation of the saw is important, but also personal preparation of the saw handler.

Be prepared before the storm

June 15, 2011

By Beth Pike, OSU Extension Office

When the storm sirens are sounding, there are just a few precious moments available to get your family to safety. This is not the time to be looking for car keys, locating important papers or gathering up emergency supplies.

“When those sirens go off, time is limited. The people of Joplin, Missouri, had about a 20-minute notice before a twister wiped out a big chunk of their city,” says Gina Peek. “Don’t waste that time looking for things. It’s a much better idea to be prepared ahead of time.”

Remember Etiquette on Flag Day

June 8, 2011

By Tracy Steffenson

In the USA we celebrate Flag Day on June 14th, and what better way to remember the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777 than to talk about proper flag etiquette. There are certain guidelines for the use, display, and disposal of the American flag. Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette and that section of law is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Here are some of the general guidelines from the Flag Code.

• The flag should be displayed on all Government buildings.

Experts agree fat-free flavored milk is a healthy choice for children

June 8, 2011

By OSU Extension Service
For many children, flavored milk is a popular choice. However, flavored milk has come under fire lately as being a cause of childhood obesity and some schools are considering dropping the option of flavored milk.
Deana Hildebrand, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist, said flavored milk offers the same unique nutrient package of nine essential nutrients as unflavored or white milk.

Do I Need A CDL?

June 8, 2011


There are 4 classes for drivers licenses which the State of Oklahoma issue. How does a driver now which class of license is needed to operate a motor vehicle? The answers can be found by looking at the state laws.

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