Local segment of C-SPAN Cities Tour airs this weekend

With the help of Vyve Broadband cable partners, C-SPAN’s Cities Tour Shawnee Weekend airs this weekend.

“Mayor Richard Finley's segment will kick off Shawnee Weekend today — airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Central Time,” Debbie Lamb, C-SPAN Cities Tour Coordinating Producer, said.

C-SPAN is available in Shawnee on Vyve Broadband, channel 19. In addition, the segment will be available to view online at www.c-span.org/citiestour after it airs, she said.

As Book TV (on C-SPAN2 — literary programming) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3) air the individual segments listed below throughout the course of the weekend, they also offer all the respective programs to air together in special blocks:

Book TV (on C-SPAN2, Vyve Broadband channel 20) Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time

American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Vyve Broadband channel 21) Sunday at 1 p.m. Central Time

C-SPAN has created a special Shawnee web page at www.c-span.org/citiestour, where each segment will be available to view after it airs. The air time for each piece will be available online once the schedule has been completed. In addition, Lamb said all video segments will be available indefinitely on the C-SPAN Video Library site at www.c-span.org.

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Flu continues to plague state

Influenza continues wreaking havoc this week. Data this week shows the flu claimed another 21 victims in the state, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths for this season to 194. However, Pottawatomie County data shows the number of hospitalizations held steady at 88 for the season, meaning no new cases were reported this week.

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SECC takes part in Read Across America

The jointly-sponsored Read Across America event at the Shawnee Early Childhood Center begins at 9 a.m. this morning.

“This is the sixth year for the event where community volunteers, politicians, police officers, students from the middle school and high school, library staff members and others read to all the students,” Mary Sims, teen services librarian at Shawnee's Pioneer Public Library System, said. “In addition, every child receives a new book.”

The event is sponsored by the Shawnee Library, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Pi Beta Phi philanthropic organization and Jr. Service League.

Volunteers will gather around 8:45, she said.

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UPS honors Oklahoma drivers for 25 years of safe driving

UPS announced that 11 drivers from Oklahoma are among 1,582 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. Among the 11 is David Richards, of Harrah. Richards works at an Oklahoma City site.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Craig Wiltz, president, UPS Red River District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”