Fourth-grader is contest finalist
Jenna Hooper, a fourth-grader from Maryetta School in Stilwell, was one of 50 state winners in Google's sixth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the country to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “My Best Day Ever.” Jenna and the other state winners will have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York from May 22 through July 14. The public will be able to vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners and help select five national finalists (one per grade group). The overall winner's logo will be displayed on Google's home page. Voting will be open through May 10 at google.com/doodle4google/vote.html.
Group honors four lawmakers
The state office of the National Federation of Independent Business has presented four Oklahoma lawmakers with its Guardian of Small Business Award. They are: Sen. Brian Bingman, president pro tempore of the Senate, who authored SB 1062, a bill creating an administrative system for workers' compensation, a top priority for NFIB/Oklahoma members; Sen. Anthony Sykes, a supporter of Oklahoma's workers' comp reform efforts; Rep. T.W. Shannon, speaker of the House, who sponsored legislation to lower the state's personal income tax, reduce unemployment fraud and place a moratorium on new or higher fees by state agencies; Rep. Leslie Osborn, who wrote a bill to repeal the franchise tax and phase out Oklahoma's personal income tax.