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Lawmakers urged to use caution in drafting drone laws: Lawmakers on Wednesday were urged to use caution in drafting bills to govern the use of drones. The Senate Public Safety Committee held an interim study on the issue at the request of Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer. Simpson said he expects to have legislation introduced next session. …Drones are used in a number of areas, such as law enforcement, firefighting, insurance, emergency management, weather research, agriculture and mapping [Tulsa World].
Zika study reveals health, financial surprises: Even though the 26 Zika virus cases in Oklahoma have all been travel-related, “The concern is for our population during that nine month period after a traveler returns, within a demographic such as ours,” state Rep. Richard Morrissette says. That’s because the Zika virus can live within us and be transmitted for approximately nine months, but researchers are quick to say that it could be longer. Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, sponsored an interim legislative study about Zika last week at the State Capitol [The Daily Admoreite].
Rev. Al Sharpton rallies with hundreds for Terence Crutcher in downtown Tulsa: Before marching almost a mile through downtown Tulsa with about 400 people Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Al Sharpton and other civic leaders urged the crowd to remain peaceful as they seek justice for the police shooting that killed unarmed Terence Crutcher. Sharpton, religious leaders, members of the Crutcher family and several attorneys spoke at a “National Prayer Call for Justice March” before leading the crowd from the Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 N. Greenwood Ave., to City Hall, 175 E. Second St [Tulsa World]. The Rev. Al Sharpton’s march for Terence Crutcher coincided with two separate Tulsa rallies backing law enforcement, including solidarity for the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot him [Tulsa World].
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