"Health Care Reform in Oklahoma" will be the topic of a
presentation by Garth Splinter at the winter public meeting of
the Oklahoma Health Care Coalition. The meeting is scheduled at
7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, 3233 Northwest
Expressway. The breakfast costs $15 for nonmembers who are
pre-registered. Reservations are required and can be made by
calling 271-5500 by 4 p.m. today.
Party Chairman Won't Seek Re-Election
The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party announced
Thursday he will not seek re-election at the state convention in
April. Clinton Key, who has served as party chairman since 1989,
said it is time for someone else to have to opportunity to lead
the GOP in Oklahoma for the next two years and beyond. "Over the
last five years a tremendous number of people worked to help our
party and its candidates," Key said. "I will always value the
concern that the people of Oklahoma have for their government."
In last month's elections, the GOP gained five seats in the
state House of Representatives, giving the Republican caucus the
highest number since 1929. The newly elected governor,
lieutenant governor and labor commissioner are all Republicans.
Also, the GOP controls both U.S. Senate seats and five of the
state's six U.S. House seats.
Cleanup of Toxic Waste Under Way in Catoosa
CATOOSA _ The Environmental Protection Agency has started a
$1.2 million toxic waste cleanup effort at an abandoned
industrial site in Catoosa. About 800 55-gallon drums at the
site of TRI Containers Inc. contain unknown contents, EPA
officials said. They were alerted to possible problems when
vandals broke into the site in November 1993 and some of the
drums began to leak. Authorities also found a sludge-filled vat,
six storage tanks and unlined surface impoundments.
The contents of the containers will be tested to determine the
proper disposal method, said John J. Martin, a coordinator with
the EPA's emergency response branch. The cleanup is expected to
take from four to six months, he said.
Halliburton Laying Off 29 Employees
DUNCAN _ Halliburton Energy Services in Duncan announced
Thursday it was laying off 29 employees, mostly in manufacturing.
Jimmy C. Cooper, vice president of administration, more layoffs
will occur by the end of the month. He said the layoffs are a
result of reduced need for new equipment in the field. "They are
telling us they do not need as much capital equipment to run
their business in the field, so there's a reduced demand on the
plant to put out new equipment," Cooper said.
Board Finds Six Counties Out of Compliance
The Oklahoma State Equalization Board received a report
Thursday showing six counties out of compliance with property tax
rate guidelines. The counties are Adair, Carter, Creek,
McCurtain, Pawnee and Pittsburg. Oklahoma Tax Commission
officials said it is anticipated the six counties will make the
necessary adjustments in their tax rates to come into compliance
by the Equalization Board's meeting next June.
Devon Energy Announced Dividend
Devon Energy Corp. …