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1:00 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Ford to Delay Some Loan Payments for Storm Victims

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said customers affected by last week's tornadoes in Oklahoma will have the option to delay some payments on their car and truck loans.

The Michigan-based auto company says its disaster relief program allows qualified customers to delay one or two monthly payments on their vehicle loans. Ford says those who are eligible for the program will be sent postcards with contact information.

Local & Regional
12:58 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

OKC Police Identify Victim in Weekend Killing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in Oklahoma City say they've identified the victim in a weekend killing.

Authorities say a man was found lying in a street at Northwest 10th Street and Indiana Avenue late Friday night. The man, identified Wednesday as 55-year-old Kenneth Joe Barger, was unresponsive and taken to an Oklahoma City hospital.

Witnesses told police that Barger had been in a fight with another person who left the scene before officers arrived.

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Local & Regional
8:47 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Reconciliation Event Set in Tulsa

Reconciliation Event set to begin
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa-based John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation's fourth annual symposium on bringing races together in America is about to begin.

The event runs Wednesday through Friday in downtown Tulsa and will focus on how addressing racial reconciliation issues could contribute to social, economic and political stability.

The symposium is named after John Hope Franklin, a pioneering scholar of American history and African-American studies who worked on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that outlawed public school segregation.

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Local & Regional
8:40 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Tornado Damaged Hospital to be Razed

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MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Hospital officials say they plan to demolish the Moore Medical Center, which was destroyed in last week's EF5 tornado.

Norman Regional Health System CEO David Whitaker says the building isn't salvageable. The Norman Transcript reports (http://bit.ly/1ayySui ) that the Norman Regional Hospital Authority has declared an emergency to allow hospital officials to waive bidding requirements for recovery, salvage and demolition costs.

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Local & Regional
8:06 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Major Accomplishments of 2013 Oklahoma Legislature

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Major items passed by the Oklahoma Legislature, which was working Friday to wrap up its 2013 session:

— Tax Cut: Lawmakers adopted legislation that reduces the state's top income rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The measure has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

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Local & Regional
4:04 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Moore Post Office Service Increases; Streets Open

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Public agencies in Moore have opened streets to residents and resumed mail delivery to as many addresses as possible.

At a news conference Friday, police said residents in the hardest-hit areas can go back into their neighborhoods without having to deal with police checkpoints. Some road closures may still occur as utility crews work to restore service.

Moore's postmaster said 85 percent of mail delivered from the Moore station is being delivered, and that mail deliveries from the Santa Fe station are up to 95 percent.

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Local & Regional
11:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Rains in NE Oklahoma Prompt Illinois River Warning

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Oklahoma's Scenic Rivers Commission is warning holiday travelers not to swim or canoe the Illinois River after a week of heavy rainfall in northeast Oklahoma.

Commission member Ed Fite warns campers that river levels are high and the water is moving twice as fast as usual.

Fite told television station KTUL it's too dangerous to swim, tube or canoe over the Memorial Day weekend.

The commission also says fallen trees and debris — along with the fast-moving currents — are the main concerns.

Local & Regional
11:33 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Oklahoma Legislature OKs Tax Breaks For Storm Victims

The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill to provide various tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses in Monday's tornado that tore through Moore and left 24 people dead.

The bill approved unanimously in the Senate on Friday also provides sales tax breaks for businesses that donate inventory to help storm victims and property tax credits for property that increases in value after it's rebuilt.

Local & Regional
9:10 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Pace Slows in Testing After Tulsa Health Scare

Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.

The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.

Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.

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Local & Regional
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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