85
      Wednesday
      90 / 65
      Thursday
      92 / 67
      Friday
      90 / 67

      Okla. state parks report increase in business

      NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's state park system is reporting an increase in visitors after the shutdown of federal recreation areas within the state.

      Radio station KGOU reports that with federal campsites closed, state parks that usually see a drop in attendance during the fall are reporting a large number of visitors. State Parks Director Kris Marek said the extra business is a "very positive good fortune."

      Not everyone is benefiting from the federal government shutdown. Some businesses near federal recreation areas are reporting a drop in business. Dick Duhn of the Arbuckle RV Resort says business is off more than 50 percent.

      Shelly Sawatzky of the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce said the federal shutdown arrived on the first day of the archery deer season, hurting the local economy.

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      Information from: KGOU-FM, http://www.kgou.org

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