Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Briefly.In Oklahoma

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Briefly.In Oklahoma

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McCurdy to Chair House Subcommittee U.S. Rep. Dave McCurdy has been named chairman of the transportation, aviation and materials subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee.

McCurdy, D-Okla., said the chairmanship will allow him a stronger role in influencing federal programs such as the NEXRAD advanced weather radar development in Norman and weather research under way at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

McCurdy obtained his new subcommittee position through his rising seniority on the full House Science and Technology Committee. Spokesman Steve Patterson said McCurdy had not developed plans for issues he wants to explore this year.

The science subcommittee has the power to handle bills on aviation research conducted by NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as research carried out by the Transportation Department, Coast Guard and several other federal agencies.

McCurdy gave up his chairmanship on a House Intelligence subcommittee in order to serve as chairman of the House Science subcommittee.

Edwards: Agreement Possible on Tallgrass Preserve TULSA - U.S. Rep. Mickey Edwards says he is confident a consensus can be reached that will open the way for a tallgrass prairie preserve in northeastern Oklahoma.

Edwards, R-Okla., said several details are still to be resolved, among them the loss of ad valorem tax money for school districts, security for oil field equipment, the size of the proposed preserve and the drawing of boundaries.

The proposed preserve would be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Park Department and would be the first of its kind in the nation.

FAA Awards Contract to OKC Firm The First Maintenance Co. of Oklahoma City has been awarded a five year contract for $3.6 million by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Rep. Mickey Edwards, R-Okla.

The company will receive $574,368 the first year and will begin work in March, he said.

First Maintenance will provide janitorial service for buildings at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center. The company has about 55 employees. …

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