The top news stories in the state in 2013 included a trio of deadly May storms, high-profile criminal trials and several twists involving key legislation and the state Supreme Court. The Oklahoman covered these and many other news-making events. Following is a list and photos documenting some of the big stories of 2013.
• Former Oklahoma state Senate leader Mike Morgan is sentenced to probation after a federal jury finds him guilty of accepting bribes to influence legislation. Prosecutors later ask a judge to re-sentence Morgan and hand down a stiffer penalty.
• Gov. Mary Fallin gives her State of the State speech, highlighting her desire for a state income tax cut, an overhaul of the workers compensation system and plans to repair the state Capitol.
• A deadly blizzard socks western Oklahoma, stranding motorists and emergency responders and leading to the death of a man in Woodward who was killed when his house collapsed.
• Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater charges five members of the state Pardon and Parole Board with violating the state's Open Meeting Act, a misdemeanor charge. The five defendants are awaiting trial.
• Former McLoud schoolteacher Kimberly Crain is sentenced to 45 years in prison for committing sex crimes against children. Co-defendant Gary Doby, who was known by the nickname “Uncle G,” earlier was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the case.
• Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is injured during a playoff game against the Houston Rockets. Westbrook undergoes knee surgery and misses the rest of the playoffs. The Thunder defeats Houston but is eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round.
• Political newcomers James Greiner and John A. Pettis Jr. win Oklahoma City council elections to unseat incumbent council members. Greiner beats Gary Marrs in Ward 1 while Pettis defeats Ronald “Skip” Kelly in Ward 7.
• A deadly tornado strikes the Shawnee and Bethel Acres area on May 19, killing two.
• An EF5 tornado rips through central Oklahoma on May 20, leaving a path of destruction through Moore, Oklahoma City and Newcastle. The twister kills 25 and destroys 1,200 homes. It tears through two schools, killing seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School.
• President Barack Obama visits the state on May 26 to tour tornado-damaged areas.
• A monster storm strikes Canadian and Oklahoma counties on May 31, with an EF3 tornado causing widespread destruction in El Reno. The storm badly floods rivers and streams in Oklahoma City. The raging flood waters wash away numerous people who had fled their homes in an attempt to escape the tornado. The death toll climbs to 23.
• The toll of drowning victims from the May 31 storm becomes clear as bodies are discovered in Oklahoma City's waterways. Alexis Johnson, who was 5 months old at the time of the storm, has not been found.
• August Reiger, who graduated in May from Classen School of Advanced Studies, disappears on a family trip in Ecuador. Reiger remains missing.
• Oklahoma City gambling figure Teddy Mitchell pleads guilty of involvement in an illegal Internet sports gambling business. Mitchell's son, Dryden R. Mitchell, pleads guilty to gambling and fraud charges. Teddy Mitchell's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9. Dryden Mitchell is sentenced to six months in federal prison.
• Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer announces he will retire in August after five years on the job.
• Australian student and baseball player Chris Lane is shot while jogging in Duncan in what authorities describe as a thrill killing. Three teens are charged in the killing, which draws international attention.
• State Commerce Secretary Dave Lopez is appointed interim superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.
• Gov. Mary Fallin calls for a special legislative session after the state Supreme Court tosses out a sweeping civil justice bill the Legislature approved in 2009. The court rules the bill violated the state's single-subject rule. Legislators return for a five-day session to change the state's tort laws, this time through 23 separate bills.
• Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers testing sonar equipment find two cars submerged in Foss Lake. A 1969 Camaro and a 1952 Chevrolet each contained the remains of three people that authorities believe are connected to missing person cases from more than 40 years ago.
• Sports Illustrated produces a series of stories alleging past improprieties in the Oklahoma State University football program. The allegations, based on accounts from several former players, do not lead to sanctions or punishment from the NCAA.
• In an adoption case that drew national attention, a judge rules that the girl known as “Baby Veronica” should live with her adoptive parents in South Carolina rather than her biological father in Oklahoma.
• Former state lawmaker Randy Terrill is found guilty of bribery. Terrill is convicted for offering a bribe to fellow legislator Debbe Leftwich and is given a one-year prison sentence. The bribe called for Leftwich to receive a state job in exchange for her not running for re-election. Leftwich decides to let a judge find her guilty of accepting a bribe and is sentenced to one year of probation.
• Former Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison is convicted of first-degree manslaughter. Harrison is found guilty of shooting Dale Scott Jr., 18, in March 2012. Prosecutors said Scott was unarmed when Harrison shot him in the back following a police chase. Jurors in the case select a four-year prison sentence. Harrison's formal sentencing is set for Jan. 8.
• The University of Oklahoma registers two late touchdowns to defeat Oklahoma State University 33-24 in the annual Bedlam game.
• The state Supreme Court tosses out the law that would have reduced the state income tax. The legislation also included provisions creating a fund for Capitol repairs. The court rules the law violated the state's single-subject rule.
• A pair of wintry storms hit the state, leaving snow and ice and forcing numerous schools to cancel classes for several days. Five deaths were attributed to the storms — four from traffic accidents on icy roads and one from exposure to the cold.
• The state Supreme Court upholds the law that changes the state workers' compensation system from a judicial system to an administrative system, saying the law doesn't violate the single-subject rule.
• A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles central Oklahoma. More than 2,700 earthquakes were reported in the state in 2013, a jump over previous years.
Contributing: Staff Writers and The Associated Press