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Oklahoma tornadoes: business briefs for May 23

Oklahoma tornadoes: business briefs for May 23
Modified: May 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm •  Published: May 23, 2013

Oklahoma briefs

Tornado victims can apply for grants

The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency is offering grants for families impacted by tornadoes in 2013. The grants, capped at $2,000 per household, may be used for housing-related expenses including utility deposits, security deposits, hotel rooms and first month's rent. There is no income limit. Applications will be taken at Oklahoma Emergency Management's resource center once it opens. Families applying for assistance must have a valid number from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information, call 419-8196.

Williams to triple workers' donations

— The Williams Cos. Inc. has pledged to triple donations by its employees or retirees interested in aiding relief efforts after this week's deadly tornadoes. The energy infrastructure company will contribute twice as much as its employees to the relief organizations of their choice, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Employees donated more than $15,000 in the first couple of hours after Williams started logging contributions. The company pitched in $30,000, pushing total contributions to $45,000. The fund drive continues until the end of May and Williams will monitor relief efforts to see if it can contribute in other ways.

OSU student selected for award

A graduate student at Oklahoma State University has been awarded the American Oil Chemists' Society Processing Division Student Excellence Award for her research related to canola oil processing. Meizhen Xie, who majors in biosystems and agricultural engineering and food science, was recognized last month at the group's annual meeting. “My research involves collecting canola lecithin from the crude canola oil using the relatively new enzymatic technology,” Xie said. Xie's research already has produced beneficial data and will continue to be useful in the future, said Nurham Dunford, an oil and oilseed specialist at OSU's Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center.

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