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News Briefs: Hurricane Matthew, Oklahoma revenue, Prime Reading

Headlines for the week of Oct. 2- 6:

Hurricane Matthew hits southern states

Florida is experiencing heavy wind and rain as they undergo Hurricane Matthew, the Category 4 storm coming up from the Bahamas. Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti earlier this week and according to ABC, killed 100 people in it’s path. According to ABC, The National Hurricane Center said winds hit up to 140 mph and are only expected to increase as they head towards the Florida, South Carolina and Georgia coasts. Yesterday, President Obama declared a state of emergency for Florida and called in federal aid to support evacuation efforts and first aid assistance. According to ABC, more than 2 million people were told to evacuate to higher ground. Georgia has not experienced a hurricane of this size in 17 years. (ABC)

Oklahoma falls short in revenue for September

According to NewsOK, Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller announced Oklahoma’s overall revenue dropped for the 19th consecutive month. September’s revenue was $939 million. However, the last time revenue was this low was in 2010. Since last September, state revenue dropped 10 percent. According to NewsOK, Miller said this decline is due to the low energy prices and the impact it’s had on the state.

Amazon rolls out Prime Reading

Amazon introduced their newest benefit to their Prime members Oct. 5, with the addition of Prime reading. Those with Amazon Prime memberships will now have access to more than 1,000 books, magazines and comic books free of charge. Prime Reading is available on IOS and Android products, as well as the Kindle Nook and Amazon Fire. Amazon partnered with Tech30 is create this addition for its members. According to CNN, Amazon is trying to expand their business to encourage users to read. (CNN)

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