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8:35 pm
Sun May 22, 2011

Heavy Tornado Damage at Joplin

Joplin, MO – NEW: Official: Tornado hits hospital in Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) Authorities say a tornado has hit a Joplin hospital and caused the roofs of two city fire stations to collapse.

Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer says a tornado hit the St. John's Regional Medical Center on the city's south side. He said there are multiple reports of injuries from the twister that struck around 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Local & Regional
2:35 pm
Sun May 22, 2011

Native American Museum?

Oklahoma City, OK – Future of American Indian museum project uncertain

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Work crews have spent five years building the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

Whether construction will continue is up in the air.

A $40 million dollar bond package that was to be added to $67.4 million committed in previous bonds was rejected by state Senate leaders last week.

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Local & Regional
9:05 am
Sun May 22, 2011

School House Insurance Hike

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. schools expected to face insurance increase

(Information in the following story is from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) More than 400 Oklahoma schools have received notices of expected insurance rate increases averaging 19.5 percent.

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Local & Regional
9:00 am
Sun May 22, 2011

Oklahoma Troopers May Be Afghan Bound

Okmulgee, OK – Oklahoma troops notified of possible deployment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Army National Guard says five units have been told to begin preparing for deployment to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

Officials said Friday the Oklahoma National Guard received a notification of sourcing, which will affect 448 Oklahoma soldiers.

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Local & Regional
9:28 am
Sat May 21, 2011

Session Ends

Oklahoma Capitol
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Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin signs House, Senate redistricting bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has signed redistricting legislation that redraws election districts for the Oklahoma House and Senate.

Fallin signed the measures on Friday, when the 2011 Oklahoma Legislature recessed. The measures were passed previously by the House and Senate.

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Local & Regional
9:24 am
Sat May 21, 2011

Unemployment Rate Down in State

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent in April, a drop of 0.5 percentage points from March.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says 97,700 people were without work last month, down from 106,010 in March. The April 2010 jobless rate was 7.2 percent.

Commission officials say Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted non-farm employment added 11,600 jobs over the month, compared with growth of 26,400 jobs in April 2010.

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Local & Regional
9:21 am
Sat May 21, 2011

School Deregulation

The State Senate Chambers
State Senate

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Senate OKs public school deregulation bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Public schools in Oklahoma could be exempted from various state education requirements under a bill approved in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate on Friday voted 29-16 for the "Allowing Local Administrators More Options Act." Opponents argued the bill is an attempt to dismantle state laws designed to improve public education in the state. It now heads to the House for consideration.

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Local & Regional
9:18 am
Sat May 21, 2011

Stormy Weather

Undated – No injuries, some damage reported with Okla storms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Authorities say a small tornado has damaged several buildings in northeast Oklahoma and straight-line winds damaged homes in Oklahoma City, but no injuries were reported.

A twister moved through Mayes County about 9 a.m. Friday, destroying a storage shed and damaging metal buildings. Emergency Management Director Johnny Janzen says no one was hurt.

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Local & Regional
1:02 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Pharmacist Trial Begins

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma County prosecutor says a pharmacist who shot and killed a teenager during an attempted robbery was initially hailed as a hero, but is actually a "murderer."

Pharmacist Jerome Ersland is on trial for first-degree murder in the May 2009 shooting death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker at a south Oklahoma City pharmacy.

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