• 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.

  • Tornadoes and severe storms leave Moore day care center in ruin

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By the time Darcie Clark made it to the Kids USA day care center she runs in south Oklahoma City Thursday morning, its roof was lying on the ground and pieces of playground equipment were hanging at a nearby construction site.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma state Senate revives bill to ban texting while driving

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The state Senate Public Safety Committee revived legislation Thursday that would ban Oklahoma motorists from sending text messages while driving.

  • Oklahoma senators rebuke groups for social media bullying Thursday

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma GOP legislators called out a conservative think tank’s Twitter statement during heated debate over a controversial bill that would prohibit thousands of Oklahoma educators from paying union dues by state payroll deduction.

  • Owasso man dies in Tulsa County crash on wet roadway

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    An Owasso man, Brandon Jonjock, 29, was killed in a crash in Tulsa County late Wednesday. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports the crash.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for March 27, 2015

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for March 27, 2015

  • Body found in Oklahoma City river

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A dive team was called in after a body was spotted floating in the Oklahoma River near the Chesapeake Boat House about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Oklahoma City police.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Florida fun ends in flight frustrations

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    My Spring Break getaway last week to southwest Florida, ended in a cancelled flight and a comedy of errors. But 41 hours later — after finagling four subsequent flight itineraries, two nights of alternative childcare and what to do about one set of lost car keys — it was far from funny. Soon after we […]

  • Proposal offered to renovate Edmond's Rodkey House

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Edmond Historical Society and Museum is offering to spend $125,000 to renovate and furnish the Rodkey House, one of the oldest houses in Edmond. The society has received a $100,000 anonymous gift for the project.

  • 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.

  • 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…”

  • 400 evacuated from Oklahoma City airport terminal during storms

    William Crum | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    About 400 people took shelter in the pedestrian tunnel at Will Rogers World Airport in southwest Oklahoma City as storms raked the airfield Wednesday evening. The storms produced damaging tornadoes in Moore and winds caused damage — including downed tree limbs — in neighborhoods along SW 119 Street in Oklahoma City. Airports Director Mark Kranenberg […]

  • Oklahoma weather: Severe storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Read updates below of damage reports from Wednesday's storms that moved across central Oklahoma.

  • Tornado touches down in Moore, Oklahoma

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Multiple tornadoes hop-scotched across Oklahoma on Wednesday, leaving at least one person dead in Sand Springs and at least 20 people treated at metro hospitals, four with serious injuries.

  • Terri Hendrix to perform in concert in Norman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Texas singer/songwriter Terri Hendrix will appear in concert with Lloyd Maines on Sunday in Norman.

  • Music accompanies Oklahoma teacher's rise above rough start in life

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Tony Flores was recently named Putnam City Schools’ teacher of the year. He is now in the running for Oklahoma’s teacher of the year.

  • Oklahoma City-area achievers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Canadian Valley Technology Center students take part in engineering event.

  • Canadian County continues fast growth, new Census Bureau data shows

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Canadian County’s population grew by nearly 3 percent between 2013 and 2014, the highest such rate in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area over the past year, Census Bureau records show.

  • Mega Adoption Event set this weekend in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma City Animal Shelter will host pet adoption groups across the state for the Mega Adoption Event at State Fair Park.




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