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9:09 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Oklahoma Lawmakers Work to Adjourn 2013 Legislature

Oklahoma lawmakers are hoping to adjourn the 2013 Legislature one week earlier than required.

Lawmakers hope to wrap up their work for the year on Friday. The Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn by 5 p.m. on the last Friday in May, or May 31.

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9:08 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Legion Giving $1M To Tornado Victim Veterans

The American Legion says it's allocating $1 million to veterans affected by the Oklahoma tornado.

The Indianapolis-based veterans organization announced this week the money will be used to cover relocation expenses for veterans and their families whose homes were devastated by the disaster.

The Legion also provided relief funds after Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters.

With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, the American Legion is the nation's largest veterans organization.

Local & Regional
9:06 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Kids, Teachers From Devastated School Reunite

Students from a suburban Oklahoma City elementary school destroyed by this week's tornado reunited with their teachers Thursday and collected whatever could be salvaged from the ruins.

Some children carried thank-you cards. A first-grader was eager to see her favorite gym teacher and for a chance to say goodbye for the school year.

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9:04 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Birth Control Coverage Up For Federal Appeal

In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has asked a federal appeals court for an exemption from part of the federal health care law.

The retailer said Thursday it shouldn't be required to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill and other contraceptives that the owners oppose on religious grounds.

The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argues that for-profit businesses should have the same exceptions granted to religious groups and some nonprofits.

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Local & Regional
10:38 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Motorists Urged To Avoid I-35 in Moore

Oklahoma transportation officials say heavy traffic on Interstate 35 through Moore is hindering the tornado recovery effort.

The Transportation Department on Thursday asked motorists to avoid the area. The I-35 off-ramps in Moore are still restricted. The only people allowed to travel into Moore are residents and emergency responders.

Also, Oklahoma City police say Western Avenue between SW 164th and SW 134th is closed to all traffic. The closure will continue until utility crews finish installing new power lines.

Local & Regional
8:29 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Thunderstorms, Hail Slow Oklahoma Tornado Cleanup

Weather radar indicates strong storms over Oklahoma City

A band of thunderstorms is battering the Oklahoma City area and slowing cleanup operations in the southern suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes earlier this week.

The National Weather Service said Thursday that the storms are producing hail, heavy rain and high winds. A flash flood warning is also in effect for some areas.

The Weather Service says more severe storms are forecast for late afternoon and at night. It says tornados are a possibility.

Local & Regional
5:47 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Plan to Tap Rainy Day Fund For Tornado Relief Advances

Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has unanimously approved a bill to tap $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help pay for tornado disaster relief.

The Senate voted 45-0 on Wednesday for the bill that directs the funds to the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management to aid in recovery efforts. State officials expect the money will be used to match federal money made available to affected communities.

Gov. Mary Fallin urged lawmakers to consider the bill, which is expected to be given final legislative approval Thursday in the House.

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5:42 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Moore Victims Memorial Service Planned

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says a memorial and prayer service will be held this weekend to honor Oklahoma tornado victims.

The governor's office says the service will take place Sunday in the tornado-ravaged community of Moore to remember the victims of Monday's massive tornado that killed 24 people and a May 19 tornado that killed two people in Shawnee.

Fallin's office says the service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Moore, though details were still pending Wednesday. It will be open to the public.

Local & Regional
11:31 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Moore Mayor Wants Mandatory Safe Rooms

New construction in Moore may be required to include safe rooms
Credit BBC

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb battered by a monstrous tornado says he is pushing to require safe-room shelters in all new homes.

Glen Lewis said Wednesday he will propose an ordinance in the next couple of days at the Moore City Council that would modify building codes to require the construction of reinforced shelters in every new home in the town of 56,000.

The suburb was also hit by a massive tornado in 1999 that followed nearly the same path as the storm Monday that killed at least 24 people.

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Local & Regional
9:19 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Rogers County Holds Off on Certifying Tax Election

Rogers County
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CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Rogers County Election Board has voted to not certify results of a recent sales tax election after a resident filed a complaint alleging the county didn't give proper legal notice of the election.

Voters in Rogers County approved a 1-cent sales tax during a May 14 election. But a resident filed a challenge to the election results, saying the county didn't properly publish a legal notice of the election in a county newspaper before the vote.

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