The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received a $5
million grant that will be used to begin construction of a genetics
The grant was given by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. OMRF
officials said the new building will bear Reynolds' name.
"This generous gift will help OMRF construct its newest center
devoted to the study of genetics, which is the newest frontier in
biomedical research," Dr. J. Donald Capra, OMRF president, said
Friday. "By developing a clearer understanding of DNA, we will
acquire a better understanding of human disease and the factors
involved in the regulation of gene expression."
The OMRF is a private, nonprofit biomedical research institution
that employs more than 400 scientists, physicians, technicians, and
administrative and support personnel.
A state Ethics Commission task force has recommended raising the
contribution limit a political party can give to a gubernatorial
candidate from $5,000 to $50,000.
The group also thinks the limit on party donations to other
candidates for statewide office should be increased from $5,000 to
It did not recommend increasing the party's contribution limit of
$5,000 to legislative candidates.
The group also recommended that the Legislature establish another
task force to consider the full range of finance issues.
The recommendations were announced Friday by Gary Copeland,
director of the Carl Albert Center and facilitator for the task
Other members were Duchess Bartmess, former general counsel for
Gov. Frank Keating; state Rep. Larry Ferguson, R-Cleveland; Pat
Hall, Oklahoma Society of Association Executives; state Sen. Keith
Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City; Gordon Melson, executive director of the
Oklahoma Democratic Party and Robert Pinney, Common Cause of
Also, O. Gail Poole, Committee on Campaign Finance reform; Joseph
Romine, private citizen; Carol Woodward Scott, former president of
the League of Woman Voters of Oklahoma; Thelma Smith, private
citizen; state Sen. Brooks Douglass, R-Oklahoma City; state Rep.
Tommy Thomas, D-Atoka and Steven Edwards, chairman of the Oklahoma
Douglass, Edwards and Thomas were not present when the
recommendations were adopted.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Library/Learning Center being
built with MAPS money is scheduled at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the
southeast corner of Hudson and Park avenues.
Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys and Councilwoman Ann Simank
The general contractor on the $20.5 million facility is Flintco
Construction and the architect is The Benham Group.
Oklahoma City also will have a groundbreaking at 3 p.m. today at
the corner of NW 10th Street and Blackwelder Avenue for the project
to improve and widen NW10th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to
The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma has announced
its opposition to U.S. House Resolution 1814. The chamber said HR
1814 is a potential problem for tribal governments' sovereign status
and a danger to their ability to restore economic viability.
Authored by Reps. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., and Peter Visclosky, R-
Ind., the measure would allow states to collect state taxes on goods
and services sold on tribal lands. Failure to collect and remit
state taxes would subject the tribe to seeing its land removed from
U.S. Rep. Tom Coburn said Friday he will fight any effort by a
Missouri group to dock a riverboat casino at Webbers Falls on the
Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma.
Representatives with a group calling itself the Southern Cherokee
Nation have held discussions with Webbers Falls officials about the
idea. "I am disturbed that the so-called Southern Cherokee tribe,
which is not a federally recognized tribe, intends to flout Oklahoma
law by docking a full-blown Las Vegas-style riverboat casino at
Webber's Falls," said Coburn, R-Okla. …