New Law Gives Life-Saving Information on Breast Cancer Screenings

On Nov. 1, a new law takes effect to help Oklahoma women be better informed about a condition that can make breast cancer difficult to detect. A ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 443, known as Nancy’s Law, was recently held at the state capitol.

The legislation is named for Nancy Simpson, of Edmond, who died in 2018 just months after being diagnosed with stage four breast cancer despite being given a clean bill of health in all her mammograms done in previous years. No one involved in her care had ever explained that she should have received additional imaging because of her dense breast tissue, a common condition that can prevent mammograms from detecting cancer. 

Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, is the principal author of the measure, with house principal author Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia. Under Oklahoma law, if a patient has dense breast tissue, she is to be notified about that condition and what additional testing she may undertake. SB 443 also requires mammography results and notification to be emailed to the patient if she requests it.

Public to Vote on MAPS 4 Projects on Dec. 10

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and the Oklahoma City Council approved an ambitious and unique MAPS 4 package for voters to consider in a special election on Dec. 10.                       

“MAPS 4 is a broad package that meets many needs in our city, most notably in our neighborhoods and in our daily lives. It also enhances our quality of life and promises to diversify our economy,” Mayor Holt says.

The proposed MAPS 4 program includes all 16 of the projects that received a presentation during this summer’s special meetings. It would raise a projected $978 million over eight years, debt-free, funded by a temporary penny sales tax. It requires approval from Oklahoma City voters in the Dec. 10 election. OKC.gov/Government/MAPS-4

The MAPS 4 temporary 1-cent sales tax would keep Oklahoma City’s sales tax rate unchanged. It would take effect April 1 when the Better Streets, Safer City temporary sales tax expires. The MAPS 4 package is focused on neighborhood and human needs, quality of life and job-creating initiatives. More than 70% of the funding is for neighborhood and human needs.

Metropolitan Library System Donates Thousands of Books to Organizations

The Metropolitan Library System’s annual Read It Forward program aims to provide more literacy opportunities to children throughout Oklahoma County through books provided to local nonprofit organizations.

The Metropolitan Library System donated more than 4,900 new books to local nonprofit organizations following the completion of the library’s annual Summer Reading program in August.

The Read It Forward program gives Summer Reading participants the opportunity to donate their prize—a free book—to someone else or “Read It Forward” rather than claim it. The library system also donates a book on behalf of Summer Reading participants who complete 30 hours or more in the program. These books are then distributed to local nonprofits serving families and youth.

After a record-breaking 2019 Summer Reading program, the library was able to donate more than ever, totaling more than 4,900 books. Local nonprofits benefiting from the 2019 Read It Forward program included Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Sanctuary Women’s Development Centers, Palomar and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.

Seven Anglers Finish Oklahoma Fishing Trail Grand Slam

Seven anglers have completed the Oklahoma Fishing Trail Grand Slam in the two months since the fishing trail launched, the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department announced.

“With some of the best and most diverse fishing available in America, Oklahoma is a Top Ten fishing state. We want people to get out and complete the Oklahoma Fishing Trail Grand Slam and earn bragging rights over their fellow anglers,” said Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who is also Oklahoma’s Secretary of Tourism and Branding.

The Oklahoma Fishing Trail and the Grand Slam are designed to highlight the diversity of fish species found in Oklahoma. Anglers must catch five different species of fish native to Oklahoma, snap a picture of each one and then submit the images on FishInOK.com. Those who complete the Grand Slam received an exclusive Grand Slam decal.

The five types of fish needed to complete the Grand Slam are bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish and a bonus fish that can be any other species found in Oklahoma, including trout, paddlefish and saugeye. For more details, visit FishInOK.com.