Farmers market to have event
Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City will host the Farmers Market Garden Celebration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will include a planter chair display and competition with market visitors voting for the best chair. Visitors can also tour the All-America Selections Trial and Display Gardens. The celebration will be held at the Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland.
Comic store coming to Moore
MOORE — DZ Comics & Gaming will open its first retail location next month at New City Center, NW 5 and Interstate 35, in Moore. The business is owned by Christopher Diaz and Brent Byers. A grand opening is scheduled for July 13.
More health clinics expected
The number of retail health clinics that have been popping up in places like drugstores for years is expected to double by the end of 2015, according to the consulting firm Accenture. Accenture said in a report released Wednesday that a flood of newly insured patients from the national health care overhaul will help stoke demand for those clinics, which typically treat minor illnesses when a patient doesn't have a doctor or the physician isn't available. The overhaul is expected to expand health insurance coverage to nearly 30 million uninsured people. A big chunk of that growth will start next year when the state-federal Medicaid program for poor and disabled people expands in several states and the government starts offering income-based tax credits to help people buy insurance.
Nintendo shows games
LOS ANGELES — It's all about the games for Nintendo. Instead of a typical flashy presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Japanese gaming giant opted to showcase several games for its Wii U system during a brief Tuesday presentation at its booth on the show floor of the gaming industry's annual trade show. Nintendo showed off the cartoony strategy game “Pikmin 3,” anti-gravity racer “Mario Kart 8,” 2-D platformer “Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze,” 3-D platformer “Super Mario 3D World,” slick action sequel “Bayonetta 2” and a speedier rendition of “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” for the Wii U. For gamers who couldn't make it to E3, the titles will be on display at more than 100 Best Buy Co. stores in North America this week. The company also flaunted — but didn't allow attendees to play — a new installment in the fighting series “Super Smash Bros
India company buying Cooper Tire
FINDLAY, Ohio — India's Apollo Tyres Ltd. is buying Ohio's Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for about $2.22 billion. Apollo says the combined company will be one of the world's largest tire makers, with a strong presence across four continents and combined 2012 sales of $6.6 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Cooper shareholders will receive $35 per share in cash. The price represents a 42 percent premium over Cooper's Tuesday closing stock price. Cooper shares jumped 40 percent in Wednesday premarket trading. Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper says the deal is in the best interests of its shareholders. The sale, which remains subject to Cooper shareholder and regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the year's second half.
Group goes after Amazon
Mercy for Animals, an activist group known for its undercover videos of alleged animal abuse by suppliers to some of the world's largest retailers, now is going after Amazon.com Inc. The nonprofit wants Seattle-based Amazon to stop selling foie gras and has created a website, AmazonCruelty.com, to generate public outrage via social media. The site features a three-minute video, recorded with a handheld camera by a Mercy for Animals investigator, that claims to show duck “torture” by New York producer Hudson Valley Foie Gras, whose products are sold on Amazon. The animal-rights group argues that force-feeding ducks to produce foie gras is inherently cruel.
U.K. to regulate e-cigarettes
LONDON — Britain will start regulating electronic cigarettes and other products containing nicotine as medicines, according to the country's top regulator. E-cigarettes are battery-operated products that turn nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said in a statement Wednesday it would treat e-cigarettes as medicines, “so that people using these products have the confidence they are safe, are of the right quality and work.” E-cigarettes and other nicotine products will be licensed in the U.K. from 2016, giving manufacturers time to ensure their products comply with all standards for medicines. The U.K. regulator says e-cigarettes aren't recommended for use until then, but it won't ban them entirely.
From Staff and Wire Reports