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  • Oklahoma city closes 2 public storm shelters

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    SHAWNEE — A central Oklahoma city says it will no longer use its city hall and a fire station as public storm shelters. Shawnee’s emergency management director recommended the city commission vote to stop using the buildings, citing potential dangers and an increase in private shelters. A...

  • Highways closed due to flooding are open again

    Updated: 41 min ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Parts of a couple of state highways that were closed due to flooding Tuesday are open. The Arizona Department of Transportation says State Route 74 between Interstate 17 and Lake Pleasant Parkway and the Loop 303 freeway between I-17 and Lake Pleasant Parkway reopened overnight....

  • Wildfire near Yosemite ebbs, some evacuees return

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that surged early and gave a scare to a community near Yosemite National Park has been tamed by firefighters, and some of the more than 1,000 people who evacuated their homes have returned. "We're not seeing the fire expand like we thought," Madera County...

  • Souris River Valley flood control plan in limbo

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Plans for an $823 million flood control project for the Souris River Valley are in limbo due to federal policy changes and disagreements in Congress. Corps of Engineers officials are studying new rules that impact changes to existing flood levees and the type of environmental...

  • Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans. The majority of public school students will attend charter schools established by a state-run school district created in the aftermath of the storm. Supporters hail it...

  • Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes. The Phoenix area was battered by...

  • Rebuilt elementary school in Moore reopens after 2013 deadly tornado

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The new Plaza Towers Elementary School opened Tuesday in Moore, Oklahoma, welcoming students back to the site where a tornado destroyed the former school and killed seven children in 2013.

  • New Briarwood Elementary opens after 2013 tornado leveled school in Moore district

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Emotions vary among parents and Briarwood Elementary School students who attended classes last year in a nearby church. The Moore school district school in southwest Oklahoma City was rebuilt after being leveled by the May 20, 2013, tornado.

  • Some evacuees of Yosemite-area fire can go home

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Nearly 1 square mile in Madera County had been scorched, revising earlier estimates that it had...

  • Officials say Lake Tahoe imperiled by wildfires

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Lake Tahoe, a crown jewel of the western landscape, is being challenged by drought, invasive species, the threat of catastrophic wildfire and climate change, officials said Tuesday. The warning came during an annual summit about protecting the iconic lake that...

  • Storms hit southern Michigan, with 60 mph gusts

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms have pushed across Michigan's Lower Peninsula, creating wind gusts nearing 60 miles per hour in places, knocking down trees and dumping as much as 3.6 inches of rain. The National Weather Service issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings...

  • Arizona flooding creates several dramatic scenes

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A series of storms dumped more than 4.5 inches of rain on areas north of Phoenix on Tuesday, requiring several dramatic rescues and resulting in many visible examples of damage. Here are some examples of the destruction brought on by the floodwaters: HOUSE RESCUE As violent...



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