Oklahoma news briefs for May 21

Oklahoma news briefs for May 21, 2014
Oklahoman Published: May 21, 2014
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STATE BRIEFS

OKLAHOMA CITY

Garden fest

is planned

Gardening enthusiasts can celebrate summer with “Garden Festival in the Park,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36. Gardening seminars, children’s activities and a plant and garden accessories sale are part of the festivities. There is no admission charge and the festival is hosted by the Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs. Seminars include “Veggies for Oklahoma Gardens,” by Oklahoma Master Gardener Jo Vincent Martin, “Water Gardening” by Paullei Mumm of the OK Water Garden Society, and “Oklahoma Proven” by Oklahoma Master Gardener Ray Ridlen. For more information, call 297-1392 or go to www.okc.gov/parks.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Cancer group

criticizes bill

A bill that would mandate doctors and other prescribers to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring program when writing controlled dangerous substances has drawn concerns from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. The network, which is an advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, released concerns about the legislation, noting that Oklahoma does have a prescription drug problem, but there’s a better way to fight it. “We know that the regulatory intention is good, but we also know that a potential unintended consequence is that the changes impede access to necessary medications, and diminish the quality of life of patients undergoing treatment and those who experience pain after their treatment,” the report read. “We support balanced policies that address misuse and abuse but do not interfere with patient care.”

FROM STAFF REPORTS

PAWNEE

Ranch to hold fishing clinic

Pawnee Bill Ranch will hold a free children’s fishing clinic at 10 a.m. Thursday. The clinic by the state Department of Wildlife Conservation will include information on fish identification, knot-tying, fish cleaning and cooking, fishing tackle selection and water safety. Poles will be provided. Call (918) 762-2513 to reserve a spot. Pawnee Bill Ranch is one-half mile west of Pawnee on U.S. 64.

FROM STAFF REPORTS