October 2008

Weekly Winner
The Hennessey Clipper
Presidential election and more at stake
Hennessey Clipper Staff Effort
On Oct. 30, The Hennessey Clipper provided a four-page pullout voter guide, which included candidate photos and bios as well as a "Q&A" section with questions generated by the Clipper staff. Infomration on where to vote, a mock ballot, and information on state questions and judges also was included.
In addition to the guide, The Clipper used columns and editorials on its opinion page to urge readers to vote.
"We didn't have as many ads as we'd hoped so this was truly a public service effort," wrote Barb Walter, Clipper co-publisher.
"We don't run color every week unless we have a paid ad to support it," she wrote. "Our Oct. 30 color cost an extra $100 and was supported by the Bill and Barb Walter Get Out and Vote Fund."


Daily Winner
Muskogee Phoenix
Regulations may burden users
By Liz McMahan
The Federal Trade Commission's "Red Flag Regulations," which took  effect Nov. 1, were designed to prevent identity theft of utility users by requiring them to present valid identification to access their accounts. But Sherri Cox, a town clerk in Okay, Okla., says the delayed red flag law will create a lot of paperwork.
The law requires city water users to show valid identification and possibly a password, which caused cities and towns to scramble to comply with the new regulations, according to an Oct. 27 report by Muskogee Phoenix Assistant City Editor Liz McMahan.
Muskogee City Clerk Pam Bush said Muskogee has 16,000 water accounts, and she doubts all the new security measures will do much.
McMahan continued her report on the new FTC protocol and informed readers of steps they should be ready for the next time they deal with their local utility providers.

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