Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

Congratulations! Mazeltov! Happy Wedding! There are all kinds of ways for travel, hospitality and more marketers to be welcome at nuptial celebrations, and same-sex marriages seem no different. That's even truer now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear cases from Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. On Monday, the court declined to hear arguments from those states that were opposed to the marriages, in effect bringing the total of states allowing same-sex nuptials to 24.

A Carl's Jr. franchise with 40 locations in Oklahoma and Texas credits some recent high redemption rates with SMS coupons to the ability to push out aggressive, local offers. The Carl's Jr. Star Chasers Oklahoma, Inc. franchise consists of 40 locations in Oklahoma and Texas, and the company uses SMS marketing to primarily push out offers to engage consumers at specific store levels. The company works with Tetherball on its mobile marketing efforts.

A state lawmaker last year quietly opened up confidential state employee information to a private labor organization that advocates for state workers. The Oklahoma Public Employees Association can now send annual mailings to the home addresses of all state workers - addresses the Legislature closed off to the public years ago by exempting them from the state's Open Records Act.

The FEMA implosion Oct. 25, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 42 IN THE NEWS WASHINGTON--The only FEMA employee to ride out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans painted a grim portrait yesterday of an agency led by officials who were unprepared for the scope of the disaster and failed to respond to his increasingly desperate pleas for help. --Mary Curtius "FEMA official: Agency was clueless on Katrina" Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21, 2005 Like people the world over, I was appalled and sickened by what happened to the citizens of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Who

By Paul Barbagallo, assistant editor, Target Marketing & Inside Direct Mail Legislation establishing state-maintained telemarketing do-not-call lists has been introduced in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Washington State. If enacted, these states will join 25 others already maintaining their own lists. These bills follow the heavily debated do-not-call registry in California, a state so innundated with evening phone solicitations that the measure gained snowball-like momentum as it rolled to the Capitol. Senate Bill (SB) 771 eventually passed, enabling Californians for sign up for the registry beginning in January 2003. Under the program, California consumers will be able to place their phone number on the state's

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