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October 1, 2009 (29:59)

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has decided to cut nearly 30% of the state's nutrition program budget prompting a state lawmaker to call for a special legislative session. Senator Kenneth Corn says the move will close senior nutrition centers statewide and imperil the lives of thousands of senior citizens. A group of state legislators is considering making Oklahoma's criminal code more user friendly. State Rep. Mark McCullough, (R) Sapulpa, says criminal law needs to be streamlined and centralized to make it easier for attorneys, judges, police and the public to understand. Critics say gutting existing statutes could have the unintended effect of loss of case law. President Obama has nominated Sandford Coats to be the new U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Coats has been assistant U.S. attorney since 2004. Congress' failure to pass agency budget bills could cause problems for road and bridge projects in Oklahoma. The state is expecting $40 million in reimbursement, but there is no money in the Federal Highway Trust Fund to pay the state back. The first swine flu vaccine could arrive in Oklahoma early next week, but supply will be very limited. Only about 21,000 doses of flu mist inhaled inoculations are being made available for use by healthy people. The State Health Department is working on a plan to determine who will get them. New efforts are underway to ban text messaging while driving in Oklahoma. Currently 20 states and the District of Columbia prohibit the practice.

Originally broadcast on October 1, 2009