Hot Practices Prompt Heat Precautions

DEL CITY, Okla. (AP) - Players across Oklahoma took the practice
field Tuesday on the first day of preseason football drills in the

The heat-related death last year of a student at Douglass High
School is on the minds of many of them.

Del City High School junior receiver Keno Meadows says he knew
Chris Stewart, who died last August. Meadows says Stewart's death
is a strong reminder to take care of himself on hot days like today
and drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

Oklahoma has dealt with a rash of heat-related deaths in recent
weeks. The State Medical Examiner's office says 20 Oklahomans have
died this year from heat stroke, 18 of those in the past month.

National Weather Service forecasters say there might not be a
break in the triple-digit heat until at least the weekend, and even
then it won't cool off much.

By 3 pm Tuesday, it already was 103 degrees in Lawton, 101 in
Frederick and 100 at Altus Air Force Base, Hobart and Stillwater.

In Oklahoma City -- which has hit 100 degrees for nine straight
days -- it was 98 degrees.