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Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 7

Oklahoma news briefs for Aug. 7, 2014
Oklahoman Published: August 7, 2014



event set

A free evening of bluegrass and country swing music featuring the Byron Berline Band is planned Aug. 18 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The 7 p.m. outdoor concert will be on the east side of the Al Harris Library. The public is invited. Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs. Based in Guthrie, three-time national fiddle champion Berline has been inducted into the Oklahoma Musicians Hall of Fame, was named Oklahoma’s Ambassador of Goodwill, has been the featured artist at the international convention of the Violin Society of America, and conceived and planned the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival since its beginnings in Guthrie in 1997.




will be given

Cricket Wireless and two Oklahoma City fire stations will donate school supplies this weekend at Cricket Wireless stores. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, firefighters from Oklahoma City Stations 21 and 14 will be at two stores to hand out back-to-school supplies to children. They will be at 2505 SW 29 and 4553 NW 23, Suite 1900.


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are sought

State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi is asking high school teachers and administrators to submit nominations for the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which recognizes superior high school seniors. To be eligible, a student must be a high school senior graduating between January and June 2015, be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and attend a public or private high school or be homeschooled. Nominees should demonstrate academic scholarship. Barresi also is soliciting nominations from parents of homeschooled students. Nominations must be received by Nov. 3. They can be sent to Melissa White, executive director of ACE/Counseling for the state education department. Her email address is To learn more about the program, visit


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