An overturned car on Interstate 35 at Main Street in Norman Friday afternoon. All the occupants were safe.
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Damage, But No Injuries As Tornado, Large Hail Move Through Central Oklahoma

Central and southern Oklahoma is in the middle of another round of severe weather, three days after small tornadoes and large hail struck Mustang, Luther, and the Tulsa area. Updated 5:34 p.m. The threat of tornadoes and severe weather has moved east out of the Oklahoma City metro, but flooding is now a major concern as heavy rain continues to fall across the region. 515pm - once the storms pass your location, your severe weather threat will end. — NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) April 29, 20165:22PM...
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NextEra Renewable Energy Resources' wind farm near Elk City, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A $1.3 billion budget hole and state funding crisis fueled by low crude prices has polarized a debate on the state’s financial support of wind-generated electricity.

Construction continues on Evans Road at State Highway 66 east of El Reno.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The state's budget crisis has been blamed on low oil prices, but it affects local governments too. That's because a portion of oil and gas tax revenue is earmarked for counties and schools.

Damage at Johnson Construction in Davis, Okla. Wednesday morning. The business lost three overhead doors.
Shelly Johnson / @wall_cloud Twitter

Severe thunderstorms moved across the state Tuesday afternoon and evening, downing electrical lines, damaging some homes and businesses, and dropping large hail. No injuries have been reported.

Updated April 27, 9:07 a.m.:

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission and audience members listen to a presentation on right-to-farm at the April 19 meeting in Tahlequah, Okla.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Budget cuts and the death of the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission were the thrust of mid-April’s regular meeting of the OSRC. But the real fireworks were around State Question 777, which you’ve probably heard referred to as ‘right-to-farm. What you probably haven’t heard it called yet is “State Question 666.”

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu speaks to legislators in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Oklahoma City Public Schools has reached a separation agreement with Superintendent Rob Neu. He'll remain with the district, but on administrative leave, through the end of the fiscal year.

Updated 6:31 p.m.

The school board met in executive session for a little less than an hour Monday evening, and emerged shortly before 6:30 p.m., when Board Chair Lynne Hardin read from a statement.

Ty Judd flashes a rattlesnake's fangs during a hunt on April 16, 2016 near Okeene, Oklahoma.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU


If there are any rattlesnakes in the rocky hills of northwestern Oklahoma, Ty Judd knows where to find them.

Judd and his friends have been rattlesnake hunting these gypsum hills for years, armed with long metal tongs, a plastic bucket and a few simple rules.

“Watch where you step,” Judd said. “Never put your hand on the side of a hill unless you’ve looked it over because little snakes will curl up there and bite you on the hand.”

Gov. Mary Fallin, second from right, and her husband, Wade Christensen, second from left, greet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, following a rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said South Carolina's former lieutenant governor had "great advice" in recommending Gov. Mary Fallin as a running mate.

Department of Corrections Interim Director Joe Allbaugh
Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Interim Director spoke to a crowded café in Oklahoma City Tuesday night. Joe Allbaugh addressed challenges in the prison system’s record keeping, inmate population and budget strains. 

Allbaugh praised the legislature for allocating nearly $28 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to the Department of Corrections, but he said the agency is still set to see a multi-million dollar deficit by the end of the fiscal year.

Catherine Lisle (left) and Danielle Hodge come down the finisher's chute during the 2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Provided / Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

More than 24,000 runners turned out for a warm and humid race during Sunday’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

University of Oklahoma assistant volunteer running coach Patrick Gomez won the 2016 race with a time of two hours, 38 minutes. It was his first marathon.

“The crowd support was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” Gomez said afterward. “One runner even stopped his race to work out the cramping in my legs.”

April 24, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

Last week, KGOU hosted Mike McGrath of “You Bet Your Garden” at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The KGOU staff had a chance to talk with about 200 listeners and donors before Mike’s presentation.

It was wonderful! So many kind words from these listeners about the content we present on air and on the web.

At the reception and in other conversations, I heard from many who are worried about KGOU’s financial future. Here’s the answer I gave them.