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Self named Associate Director of Housing

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Becky Reynolds, Executive Director of Little Dixie Community Action Agency, announced Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, the selection of Macy Jo Self to fill the position of Associate Director with the primary responsibility for housing and housing-related programs. In this new role, Self will provide leadership and guidance over several programs including: Multifamily apartments, self-help housing, housing counseling, weatherization, Youth- Build, business and residential lending programs, emergency services, utility assistance and many other supportive services.

Secretary Perdue announces groundbreaking proposal to transfer agricultural animal biotechnology regulatory framework to USDA

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a significant step in modernizing regulations of agricultural animals modified or produced by genetic engineering. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be moving forward with an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit public input and feedback on a contemplated regulatory framework that would modernize our system into a scientifically-sound, risk-based, and predictable process that facilitates the development and use of these technologies for U.S. farmers and ranchers under USDA’s authorities. This initiative follows President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on agricultural biotechnology that called upon federal agencies to make regulatory improvements to rectify some of the long-standing barriers to innovation for U.S. agriculture.

OSDH unveils vaccine distribution strategy for phase 2 priority groups and beyond

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• Increased access points to be available for larger population groups in communities across the state OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced its strategic plan to transition into phase 2 by offering the COVID-19 vaccine to first responders and healthcare workers outside the inpatient setting by utilizing designated distribution points across the state of Oklahoma. To provide increased access to the COVID-19 vaccine for Oklahomans, OSDH is initiating vaccination “PODS” or Points of Dispensing Sites across the state where individuals who are set to begin receiving the vaccine can do so safely in the coming weeks.

Survey indicates most Oklahomans plan to get COVID-19 vaccine

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• Majority of Oklahomans believe vaccines are safe and effective; plan to receive COVID-19 vaccine once available OKLAHOMA CITY — Most Oklahomans believe vaccines are safe and effective, and plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a recent statewide survey conducted by Amber Integrated. Approximately 78% of Oklahomans believe that vaccines, generally speaking, are safe and effective.
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Weather Update

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High temperatures for the week ahead are mostly going to be in the low 50s and the nights will drop to the low 30s. A small weather system could bring a little mixture of rain and snow Saturday night but nothing major expected.

Stimulus funding would help meat, poultry producers expand

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LYONS, NEBRASKA – Seeking to address market disruptions created by the coronavirus pandemic, a stimulus package approved Monday by Congress included funds to directly support small-scale meat processors to help them expand and distribute meat across state lines, a decision applauded by Johnathan Hladik, policy director for the Center for Rural Affairs.