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Oklahoma county to conduct emergency exercise

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A town and county in eastern Oklahoma are teaming up to prepare emergency responders for wildfire outbreaks.

The McAlester News-Capital reports the McAlester Police Department and the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office will participate Saturday in a large scale exercise conducted by the Office of Emergency Management. Many local fire departments will also take part.

The realistic drill will better prepare emergency responders for fires that have broken out in the area due to drought and high temperatures.

The deputy director of the emergency management department says the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Command One, the Red Cross, the health department and other local agencies will also be present.

He says his office conducts a full-scale exercise annually in an effort to find ways to more effectively serve the public.


Oklahoma owl death prompts oil field investigation

FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Wildlife and Corporation Commission officials are investigating a neglected oil field where two owls were found coated in the liquid and others were found dead in an uncovered tank.

The Enid News & Eagle reports that one of the two rescue owls has died. A couple in Fairview had been rehabilitating the owls since they were discovered Tuesday.

A caregiver says the surviving owl is eating and they're watching it for signs of decline.

A commission game warden says the birds were found in a field located on the Major and Garfield County line. He says the birds got into an uncovered saltwater tank topped with oil scum.

He says it's unclear who is responsible for the tank. State and federal rules require such tanks to be covered.


Oklahoma city sells dead animals to science

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) - A southern Oklahoma city is disposing carcasses of euthanized dogs and cats by selling them to science.

Duncan officials approved guidelines on recycling the animal carcasses last week with two companies that buy them. The money earned from the sales goes into the city's general fund.

City Manager Jim Frieda says residents shouldn't be alarmed by the contracts. He says the dead animals are being used for educational or medical purposes.

The Duncan Banner reports one company will pay $5 for a dog as long as it has a full set of adult teeth.

The other business says it will buy euthanized cats for schools that study dissection in their science classes.

The selling of dead animals has occurred in Duncan for about five years.


Police: Elderly man drowns in Oklahoma pool

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa police say an elderly man has drowned in his backyard pool while doing renovation work.

A police spokesman says the man was working on the vacant home Sunday night in hopes of selling it. The spokesman says the pool was in poor condition. The water quality made it difficult for first responders to determine if the man was submerged.

An Emergency Medical Services Authority official says the man was 78-years-old. The man's identity has not been released.


Oklahoma polling employers on workforce needs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is partnering with a research firm to conduct a telephone poll about what employers think about health and other issues affecting the workplace.

The state agency is asking those who get a call to share their thoughts on what employers need to promote growth and business success. The poll also covers workforce readiness and productivity in Oklahoma.

Agency officials say the feedback will help shape the state's future health and wellness policies.

There will also be a survey sent by email during the week asking for opinions on workplace issues. The online and phone polls have different questions and officials are asking recipients to complete both surveys.


Rain barrels to be offered in Altus

ALTUS, Okla. (AP) - Free rain barrels are to be offered to Jackson County residents at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus.

Altus Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston says 100 barrels will be available starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the technology center near Western Oklahoma State College. The barrels are being offered at no charge, but the number of barrels is limited.

Residents are asked to be able to provide proof that they are a county resident. Proof of residency includes a utility bill, driver's license or a government document showing the person's address.

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