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7:05 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Record Rainfall, Flooding Takes Toll on Oklahoma Roads

Road bed washed away by flooding near Pryor
Credit Mayes County-Facebook

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Record-smashing rainfall and torrential flooding that has hammered Oklahoma this month has likely caused tens of millions of dollars' worth of damage to roads and bridges in the state, although official estimates won't be available for weeks.

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6:58 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma State University gets $8 Million Donation for New Building

OSU Health Science in Tulsa
Credit Google Street View

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation has donated $8 million for the construction of a new academic building at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Tulsa media outlets report Oklahoma State officials announced the donation Tuesday. The new 84,000-square-foot building, which will be named after the foundation, will cost $45 million and include a hospital simulation center, clinical skills lab, exam rooms, and classroom and meeting space.

Construction is expected to begin later this year and be completed by fall 2017.

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6:54 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Lankford to Host Indian Affairs Hearing in Anadarko

Senator Lankford
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford will lead a meeting of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Anadarko.

The field hearing will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Anadarko High School auditorium.

Entitled "Advancing Economic Success in Indian Country," the hearing will be focused on business success stories of both tribes and Native American business owners.

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2:34 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

President Barack Obama Signs Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for areas of Oklahoma affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in early May.

The declaration signed Tuesday makes federal funding available to individuals whose property was damaged in storms in Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties May 5–10.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

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12:38 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Lee's Sandwiches Recalls 213,000 Pounds of Meat

A Lee's location
Credit Lee's

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Fast-food restaurant Lee's Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, despite having not been inspected properly.

The Orange County Register reports that chicken, beef and pork products were recalled by the Garden Grove-based company from its restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

There have been no reports of adverse reactions to eating any of the products.

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7:45 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Tulsa Deputy Injured in Crash

Credit KWGS News File Photo

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma troopers say a Tulsa County deputy has been taken to a hospital after rolling his patrol SUV.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Whit Cochran says  the crash happened Monday afternoon just west of Sand Springs. He says the deputy was responding to an emergency call and took an exit ramp too fast.

The deputy's identity hasn't been released. It's unclear what emergency he was responding to.

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7:42 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Inmates on the Run

Key Correctional Center at Fort Supply
Credit State of Oklahoma

FORT SUPPLY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northwest Oklahoma are searching for a pair of inmates who they say walked away from a minimum security prison.

The Woodward County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Juventino Rojas and 36-year-old Carlos Gastelum went missing early Monday morning from the William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply.

Rojas was serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted on a drug trafficking charge in 2009. Gastelum was serving a 15-year sentence after being convicted of a similar charge in 2008.

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7:35 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Roads Still Closed By Flooding

The following roads are being reported by O-Dot because of high water:

Cherokee County
SH-80 is closed about four miles west of Hulbert between SH-51 and US-62.

Choctaw County
SH-70 is closed at the Muddy Boggy River between Soper and Boswell.
SH-109 is closed at the Muddy Boggy River west of the US-271/SH-109 junction

Cotton County
SH-5B at West Cache Creek.

Grant County
SH-11 is closed between US-81 in Medford to SH-132

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7:39 am
Mon May 25, 2015

3rd Death Blamed on Weekend Storms

File photo
Credit American Red Cross

CLAREMOREroOkla. (AP) — Authorities are blaming a third death on weekend storms that have barreled through the Plains and Midwest.

Keli Cain, an Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman, said in a statement Sunday that a 33-year-old woman was killed Saturday in a traffic collision in Tulsa. She didn't release the woman's name.

Claremore, Oklahoma, Fire Captain Jason Farley was killed late Saturday while trying to rescue people trapped by floodwater. He was swept into a drainage ditch and his body was recovered.

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4:51 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Update: Claremore Fire Fighter Identified

Capt. Jason Farley
Credit Claremore Fire Department

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Claremore firefighter has died after being swept away by floodwaters while assisting in a water rescue from residences.

Claremore Fire Chief Sean Douglas says Capt. Jason Farley died while helping to rescue about 10 people who were trapped in duplexes by rising water. Farley was swept into a drainage ditch about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. His body was recovered about 1 a.m. Sunday.

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