Severe Storms
4:08 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued For Most Of Oklahoma

Storms will continue to move eastward through the evening and early overnight. Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary concerns for locations across central Oklahoma.
Credit National Weather Service / Storm Prediction Center

A Tornado Watch is in place for most of Oklahoma as a storm system is poised to make its way through the state.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say it's important to be aware of the weather over the next three days, though it's not time to panic.

“It’s very difficult and very challenging striking a balance between freaking people and telling them what they need to be ready for,” says warning coordinating meteorologist Rick Smith with the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office.

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2:21 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Walking The Path Of A Tornado

Lead in text: 
John D. Sutter, a CNN Opinion columnist and a former staff writer for The Oklahoman newspaper, walked the full 17-mile damage path from the May 20th tornado, and live-tweeted what he encountered.
I downloaded a map from the National Weather Service and drove on Thursday afternoon to Newcastle. I found the quaint cul de sac where the tornado was born. No one expects an infant to grow into a terrorist. Likewise, looking at the humble beginnings of this tornado, I'd never have dreamed it would stomp across the metro area, smashing neighborhoods, killing 24 people, including seven children in one elementary school, and causing an estimated $2 billion in damages.
OU Softball
12:38 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

OU's Ricketts Repeats As Nation's Top College Softball Player

University of Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts
Credit University of Oklahoma Athletic Department

University of Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts has been named the top college softball player in the country for the second straight year.

The Amateur Softball Association of America Tuesday night announced that Ricketts won the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The other finalists were Oklahoma teammate Lauren Chamberlain and Tennessee's Raven Chavanne.

"It's definitely an honor to win the award with the girls I was going against, who have had amazing seasons so far," Ricketts says.

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State Capitol
5:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Legislative Session Over, But Health Questions Remain

Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) and other legislative leaders announce a budget agreement May 2 at the State Capitol.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin gave lawmakers an 'A' grade for approving much of her agenda during the recently concluded legislative session, but at least one key issue remains unresolved, which is how the state plans to address the more than 630,000 Oklahomans without health insurance.

Fallin rejected the opportunity under the federal health care law to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 200,000 people without health insurance, saying last November that doing so would prove too costly to the state and the country.

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Severe Storms
4:59 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Forecasters Say More Severe Weather Possible in Oklahoma

More severe storms are possible again on Wednesday with the area of potential severe weather spreading east into Central Oklahoma.
Credit National Weather Service / Norman Forecast Office

The National Weather Service says starting Tuesday evening Western and Central portions of the state could see more severe thunderstorms with the possibility of some tornadoes.

"Supercells with large hail and damaging winds are expected during the late afternoon and evening with storms likely forming into clusters or lines during the evening," says Rick Smith, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office. "The tornado potential is a little bit higher on Wednesday due to strong wind shear, but the hail and wind will still be the most common threats."

He says the focus will mainly be west of the Interstate 35 corridor on Wednesday, but could expand into Central Oklahoma the day after tomorrow.

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Music News
3:01 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

Outside the Woody Guthrie Center, there's a large mural of Guthrie holding his guitar bearing the phrase, "This Machine Kills Fascists."
Brett Deering WireImage

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 7:43 am

Woody Guthrie's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours. But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period. His reputation there is now closer to a full restoration as Oklahoma opens his archives.

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11:56 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Unscathed By Tornado, Oklahoma Pubcasters Band Together To Report, Assist With Relief

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One of the first reporters on the scene May 20 after a massive tornado struck the town of Moore, Okla., didn’t mean to be there. Joe Wertz, digital reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma, was trying to get home.
Wertz, working out of KGOU-FM on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and other station employees heeded storm warnings May 20 by leaving work early. Wertz lives in Oklahoma City about 20 miles north of Norman, and hoped to beat the storm home.
The Two-Way
10:39 am
Tue May 28, 2013

From Texas To Great Lakes, Severe Weather Due Again

Tuesday's weather is expected to be bad from Texas up into the nation's midsection and across to the Great Lakes.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 10:07 am

The warnings aren't as ominous as they were eight days ago in the hours leading up to the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., but the National Weather Service is predicting "another round of severe weather for the Central United States on Tuesday."

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Around the Nation
3:53 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Okla. Real Estate: Priced To Sell Includes Storm Shelter

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 6:58 am

After last week's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla,, hundreds of homes were damaged. Maurice Smith is optimistic about the future in Moore. So much so, he is planning to build a new home and sell the old one without an agent. And he expects it will be snapped up quickly. The reason? Displaced residents are looking for homes, and his has a storm shelter.

Commentary
3:17 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

After WWII, A Letter Of Appreciation That Still Rings True

U.S. Navy sailors form a ceremonial guard at a wreath-laying ceremony to memorialize the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to the veterans of World War II in front of the Lone Sailor statue at the Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C., in December 2003.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 8:43 am

In the fall of 1945, my father was honorably discharged from the Navy. He was one of the lucky ones. He'd served on a destroyer escort during the war, first in convoys dodging U-boats in the Atlantic and then in the Pacific where his ship, the USS Schmitt, shot down two kamikaze planes. My dad always kept a framed picture of the Schmitt above his dresser, but, like most men of his generation, he didn't talk a lot about his war years.

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