• Death toll from March 25's storms in Oklahoma increases to four

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoma medical examiner determined severe weather was responsible for the deaths of a motorist in Norman and two people who were swept off a bridge in Webbers Falls. A fourth man was previously reported dead in Sand Springs.

  • Moore woman gets new home

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Cathy McGuire, of Moore, who lost her old home in the 2013 tornado, recently received the keys to her new home.

  • Cleveland County judge orders 18-year-old to stand trial on murder charge

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Cody Dallas Delano, 18, of Lexington, has been ordered to stand trial in the drive-by shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in Moore.

  • During tornado season in Oklahoma, planning ahead is key to staying safe

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Norman office, said planning ahead is critical to tornado safety in Oklahoma. When a tornado is bearing down, it’s too late to make a plan, he said.

  • McAlister Construction develops energy-efficient neighborhood in Moore

    Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Avondale, on Eastern Avenue between NE 12 and NE 27 in Moore, will be the first of its kind in incorporating affordable Craftsman-style design and geothermal heating and cooling in a single neighborhood.

  • Oklahoma religious organizations act as “hands and feet of Christ” during disaster relief

    By Ruth Serven, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Faith-based groups across Oklahoma work to help clean up after storms strike Oklahoma on Wednesday.

  • 17 Moore homes destroyed in Wednesday tornado activity, officials estimate

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Moorec city officials estimate 17 homes were destroyed by the Wednesday tornado. About 25 homes had major damage and 71 had minor damage, city spokeswoman Deidre Ebry said.

  • What is it that seems to make Moore, Oklahoma a magnet for wicked weather?

    By Adam Kemp, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma tornadoes: So just what is it that seems to make the Moore area a magnet for wicked weather? Answers range from the scientific to the spiritual. But even experts admit to being somewhat flummoxed by the phenomenon.

  • Moore residents, Oklahoma officials say they know how to respond to tornadoes

    BY DARLA SLIPKE, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin viewed heavy damage at Southgate Elementary School and declared a state of emergency in 25 counties affected by storms Wednesday.

  • Eight schools in Moore district sustain tornado damage; all but hardest hit to reopen Friday

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma tornadoes: Dozens of volunteers emptied classrooms at Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary, which was heavily damaged and will be closed for the rest of the school year. Emmaus Baptist Church will serve as temporary home for displaced students.

  • How unusual are the frequent tornadoes in Moore?

    BY ADAM KEMP | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    How unusual are the frequent tornadoes in Moore? In Oklahoma, on average, a town should expect to be hit by a tornado once every thousand years, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. When it comes to severe tornaodes, it’s once every several thousand years. In Moore, let’s just say they come a bit more often. Wednesday night’s twister was at least the 15th to strike the city since 1950, according to the National Weather Service. The Oklahoman is continuing to examine Moore’s history with tornadoes. For more information, check back on Newsok and in Friday’s Oklahoman.

  • Oklahomans warned to beware of scams in wake of tornadoes

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is warning residents to beware of potential scams following severe storms and tornadoes in the state. Pruitt warns to be wary of repair services and contractors who solicit door-to-door; offer discounts for finding other customers; "Just happen to have" materials left over from a previous job; accept only cash; press for an immediate decision; or ask for payment for the entire job up-front. Pruitt also said the Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in effect after Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in 25 counties. The price gouging law prohibits a more than 10 percent increase in the price of most goods and services during and 30 days after a state of em

  • Dangerous Oklahoma weather: 8 tornado/storm terms you need to know

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahomans aren’t strangers to severe spring weather, and last night’s swath of storms has everyone saying, “I love Oklahoma, but this weather…”

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Community briefs

  • Judge orders mental competency evaluation in Moore beheading case

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Alton Alexander Nolen — the murder defendant accused of beheading a co-worker last September at a Moore food distribution plant — is charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. His defense attorney asked the judge to order a mental competency exam for Nolen. The judge is keeping secret the reasons for the request.

  • Moore High School students spark safety discussion with video project

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Moore High School student leaders say their “Could it happen here?” safety program was inspired by the mother of a first-grader killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Conn.

  • Supercats cheer squad struts its stuff at Southmoore High

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The Supercats cheer squad, comprised of special needs students at Southmoore High School, teaches students about teamwork, school spirit.

  • Questions arise as more Oklahoma police departments issue body cameras to officers

    By Jonathan Sutton, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Amid a national a local discussion about community relations with police, more Oklahoma law enforcement agencies are moving to equip officers with body cameras. But the change has sparked a discussion among law enforcement, lawmakers and open government advocates about the Open Records Act and what should be considered public record.

  • Attorney general charges Tulsa contractor in Moore tornado fraud

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    NEXT Construction and Remodeling was contracted in July 2013 by two Oklahoma City-area families to rebuild their homes.

  • Moore elementary students go bald for their buddy

    By Josh Wallace, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Students at Moore’s Heritage Trails Elementary raised more than $40,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, far surpassing the $25,000 goal set by Principal Jason Perez.