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Group Files Initiative Petition against Turnpikes

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Group Files Initiative Petition against Turnpikes

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A group called Citizens Against Turnpikes filed an initiative petition Thursday in an attempt to get Oklahoma out of the pay-road business. The petition, filed on behalf of the group by Claremore businessman James Wilson, would require approval of the Oklahoma Legislature, the governor and voters before any new toll roads could be constructed. It also would require voter approval before revenue from any turnpike could be used to build or operate another turnpike.

"Our purpose in coming here is to alert the public and raise the consciousness level of what the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is doing and let the citizens know there is an alternative," Wilson said. The constitutional change Wilson's group is seeking would come too late to affect the 10 new toll roads now being proposed by Gov. David Walters and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. However, Wilson said other organizations, which he did not name, have indicated they may seek injunctions to stop construction of new turnpikes while the petition drive is under way. Former Goodrich Plant Donated to Foundation

MIAMI _ B.F. Goodrich donated its closed, 1.6 million-square-foot tire plant in northeastern Oklahoma on Thursday to a nonprofit group called the Foundation to Save Our Children's Environment, officials said. The foundation said it planned to reopen the plant as a tire recycling center but could not say immediately how many workers it might hire. The plant, just west of town, was shut down in February 1986.

"We don't have any definitive plans on the amount of employees we'll be hiring," foundation President Wayne Ford of Broken Arrow said. "We'd like to leave that open. But I can say that we will be helping the economic growth of this community." Lawton Decides to Bid for Prisoner Work Camp

LAWTON _ Lawton has decided to enter the competition for a planned 300-bed work camp for state drug offenders. More than 20 other communities have expressed an interest in the camp, which would employ more than 100 people.

The Lawton City Council decision to bid for the camp was unanimous. City staff now will draft a proposal, which the council must approve before an Oct. 15 state deadline. The money to build the work camp will come from the bond issue state voters approved in November. Forest Service Makes Interim Payments to States

WASHINGTON _ Forty-one states and Puerto Rico will receive interim payments of nearly $215 million as their share of money collected this fiscal year by national forests, the Agriculture Department said Thursday.

Oklahoma will receive an interim payment of $288,913. The estimated total for the state is $401,533. The state's interim payment was reduced to make up for overpayments last year. The payments, for the budget year ending Sept. 30, represent 75 percent of the estimated total amount each state will receive as its share of funds collected by the Forest Service. …

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