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Oklahoma business briefs for May 22, 2014

Oklahoma business briefs for May 22, 2014
Oklahoman Published: May 21, 2014


OG&E warns customers of scam

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. is warning business customers about a potential telephone scam. The scammer contacts businesses posing as an OG&E customer service representative collecting on a past-due bill. The caller threatens the business with disconnection if the bill is not paid immediately, then instructs the business owner to pay using a prepaid money card. Spokeswoman Kathleen O’Shea said customers who receive such calls should hang up and contact OG&E about their account status.

Chickasaws donate to institute

The Dean McGee Eye Institute announced a major gift Wednesday from the Chickasaw Nation to complete the renovation of its research facilities. The Chickasaws’ gift, together with support from other major donors, will allow the institute and the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology to double the size of a translational vision research center to 7,750 square feet, while providing updated technologies and facilities to more effectively conduct biomedical vision research. “We are exceedingly grateful for the Chickasaw Nation’s history of generous support for the Dean McGee Eye Institute,” said Dr. Gregory Skuta, CEO of the eye institute and chairman of the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology. “This most recent gift will enable our scientists to further advance our vision research programs in a world-class facility that addresses such important conditions as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and infectious diseases of the eye.” In recognition of the tribe’s gifts, the institute will rename its third floor the Chickasaw Nation Center for Human Resources and Business and Clinical Support Services.

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