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7:03 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Obama Pledges Help After Oklahoma Tornado

President Barack Obama has called Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to express his concern about a monstrous tornado that wreaked havoc in the Oklahoma City suburbs.

The White House says Obama told the governor that he's directed the government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide any assistance she needs. FEMA has sent a special team to Oklahoma's emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.

Obama also told Fallin to contact him directly if the federal government can provide additional help.

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6:22 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Salvation Army, Red Cross Providing Okla. Help

The Salvation Army says it is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore.

The organization said Monday that its Arkansas-Oklahoma division is supplying the teams.

The Red Cross is sending similar assistance. It is also working to link loved ones in Moore who are OK connect through a website called Safe and Well. The site is: www.safeandwell.org

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6:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Kids Rescued From Rubble at Moore, Okla. Elementary

Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb.

An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado hit the region.

Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain and taken to a triage center set up in the school's parking lot.

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6:05 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Fallin Calls Out Soldiers, Says Rescues Continuing

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has deployed 80 Oklahoma National Guard members to assist with search and rescue operations in the hardest hit areas of Moore.

Fallin said Monday the troops will also help establish a perimeter around some of the most devastated areas in the Oklahoma City suburb. Moore suffered a direct hit from a major tornado.

Fallin also spoke Monday with President Barack Obama who offered the nation's help and gave Fallin a direct line to his office.

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4:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Tornado Causes Major Damage in Moore

 

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Television footage shows flattened buildings and fires after a mile-wide tornado moved through the Oklahoma City area.

Video showed homes and buildings in Moore, Okla., were reduced to rubble, and vehicles littered roadways south and southwest of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The suburb of Moore, where Monday's damage was concentrated, was hit hard by a tornado in 1999 that included the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface.

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11:32 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Lincoln Co. to Use Police Sirens to Warn of Storms

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CARNEY, Okla. (AP) — With power out and the threat of more bad weather on the way, first responders in Lincoln County say they'll use police and fire sirens to warn residents of severe weather.

Gov. Mary Fallin is touring storm damage in Carney, where four people were injured and several homes were damaged in Sunday's severe weather. The governor expressed concerns that residents wouldn't know of incoming severe weather because of the power outage.

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11:27 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Oklahoma Injury Tally Up to 39 After Twisters Hit

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CARNEY, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials say more than three dozen people were hurt when tornadoes hit the state.

The director of the state's Emergency Management agency said during a tour at tornado-stricken Carney in Lincoln County on Monday that 39 people were injured during Sunday afternoon's storms. The tally includes those who sought treatment from a medical professional, not those who may have suffered bumps, bruises and cuts who did not seek medical attention.

Two people were killed in the Shawnee area.

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11:24 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Governor Fallin Tours Tornado Damage

Governor Fallin meets with tornado victims today
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SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is touring the areas hit hard by tornadoes Sunday.

The governor visited Carney  and then traveled to the Shawnee area. The governor met with victims from the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park in Shawnee, where two people were killed.

Twenty-one people were also injured after severe weather raked the state.

The National Weather Service is forecasting more of the same for the area — including Oklahoma City and Tulsa — Monday afternoon and evening. Forecasters say baseball-sized hail and tornadoes are possible.

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1:08 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Board Denies Clemency for Condemned Inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has denied clemency for a death row inmate scheduled to be executed next month.

The five-member board voted 3-2 Friday against commuting the death sentence of James Lewis DeRosa. He faces a June 18 execution for the stabbing deaths of 73-year-old Curtis Plummer and 70-year-old Gloria Plummer in 2000.

During the hearing, DeRosa expressed remorse for the LeFlore County couple's death and took responsibility for the killings.

Four members of the Plummers' family urged the board to deny clemency.

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1:05 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Okla. Lawmakers Near Passage of DNA Testing Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Convicted criminals who maintain their innocence would have a way to seek DNA testing in their cases under a bill that is nearing final passage in the Legislature. The bill's passage would eliminate Oklahoma's dubious distinction as the only state in the nation without such a program.

The Oklahoma House voted unanimously on Thursday for the Postconviction DNA Act, which allows those convicted of violent felonies or who have been sentenced to 25 years or more in prison to file a motion in court to request forensic DNA testing in their case.

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