Weather and Climate
7:06 am
Sat May 25, 2013

New Red Cross Resource Centers

The American Red Cross is opening of three Multi-Agency Resource Centers today in Little Axe, Shawnee and Carney.

These centers will be staffed with caseworkers from the American Red Cross and partner agencies. The Red Cross says those impacted by the storms can come to these centers and meet with all agencies to get assistance with short-term needs.

Hours for the centers will be 9a to 7p.

Little Axe: Little Axe School- 2000 168th Ave NE Norman, OK

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Weather and Climate
4:55 am
Sat May 25, 2013

'Please, No More Clothes': Relief Groups Ask For Cash

Relief agencies like the American Red Cross say monetary donations give them the greatest flexibility to address victims' needs.
Erik Lesser EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 3:38 pm

The tornado that devastated much of Moore, Okla., has drawn loads of donations from across the country: food, clothing, medical supplies, toys. Much of it is needed by the victims, but not everything.

After every disaster, relief groups usually ask for one thing: money. But writing a check or texting a donation isn't always that satisfying for those who want so desperately to help.

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Tornado Aftermath
9:19 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Friday Summary of Oklahoma Tornado News

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

  Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that will allow the state to access $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help communities recover from tornado damage. Fallin on Friday signed a bill that the House and Senate passed unanimously in the wake of the deadly tornado that raked across the state on Monday, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds more. It allows the state to use the money to match federal disaster funds and for other "disaster-related assistance." The state's Rainy Day Fund, a constitutional reserve fund, currently has a balance of about $577 million. Up to 25 percent of the money can be accessed to pay for emergency-related expenses. The rest is reserved for when the state experiences budget shortfalls.

Governor Mary Fallin says Oklahoma isn't going to mandate storm shelters or safe rooms in the aftermath of the Moore tornado. The city's mayor wants to propose a city ordinance requiring all new homes to have storm shelters. But he says the city may only be able to require them for new assisted living facilities and apartment complexes.

The House and Senate on Friday, in response to the deadly twister that tore through the Oklahoma City area on Monday, passed a bill to provide tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses from the storm. Fallin indicated she would sign the measure.

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Politics and Government
9:11 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Friday Summary of Oklahoma News

  The Oklahoma Legislature has adjourned the 2013 Legislature one week earlier than required and handed Gov. Mary Fallin a major political victory by passing an income tax cut. The House dropped the gavel at 7:33 p.m. Friday and adjourned Sine Die, a Latin phrase that literally means "without day." The Senate had adjourned at 12:23 p.m. By adjourning a week early, the Legislature saved about $140,000 in expenses for lawmakers and other session costs. Lawmakers must adjourn by the last Friday in May.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that requires abortion providers to take additional steps to notify the parents of a minor who is seeking an abortion. The measure was among 21 bills Fallin signed into law on Friday, when the Legislature planned to adjourn its 2013 legislative session. The bill prohibits a minor from getting an abortion until at least 48 hours after written notice has been provided to her parent or guardian, except in cases of a medical emergency. In that case, the physician must verbally inform a parent within 24 hours after the abortion and send a written notice to the parent's last known address. The bill includes an exemption for girls who are the victims of sexual or physical abuse.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:37 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Moore Tornado Victims Face Tragedy and Insurance Companies Following Storm

An army of insurance adjusters from across the country started to descend on Moore less 24 hours after Monday’s storm, and by Wednesday morning, a long line of them had formed outside the First Baptist Church.

Many were already in the area because of hail and tornados from earlier storms, and now they’re in destroyed neighborhoods assessing damage house by house.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

World Views: May 24, 2013

Listen to the entire May 24, 2013 episode

Suzette Grillot reports from Istanbul, where she speaks with University of Oklahoma economist Firat Demir about the international response to Monday's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., and political problems facing Turkey.

University of Oregon political scientist Richard Kraus joins the program for a conversation about how art and culture become a testing ground between the United States and China. He's the author of author of Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music.

World Views
3:46 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

As Syrian Conflict Intensifies, Turkey Fears Renewed Civil Violence

Turkish protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against the government of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Beyazit Square in Istanbul, on March 18, 2012
Credit FreedomHouse2 / Flickr

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Firat Demir.

After decades of fighting, the conflict between the Kurdish nationalist group the PKK and the Turkish government finally drew to a close with a ceasefire in March.

Peace in Turkey may be short-lived, though. Violence in neighboring Syria is steadily intensifying, forcing a reluctant Turkey to respond and possibly putting citizens at risk.

“Most people among the Kurdish population are very optimistic,” says Firat Demir, a University of Oklahoma economist. “The last thing now that a citizen of Turkey wants is to have another civil conflict after this 80-year-old bloody conflict that is ending.”

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Indian Times
2:56 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Tribe and Red Cross Help Native and Non-Native Residents Recover from Tornadoes

Local residents register with Red Cross at the Little Axe Resource Center
Credit Susan Shannon

Interviews with Linda Day, Donna Butler, Gov. George Blanchard & Dr. Lois Pokwarney

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe’s Little Axe Resource Center is surrounded by greenery and gently rolling hills making it a beautiful backdrop for what has become a place to get help and some of the necessities of life for the surrounding residents.

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World Views
12:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Across The World, Citizens Empathize With Moore

Stella and Jack Howard (left and right) with their daughter, Dawnelaina (center), sit with the remains of their Moore home. The Howards built this house after their last one was destroyed by the May 3, 1999, twister.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Firat Demir about Turkey's reaction to the May 20 Moore tornado.

From Italy to Istanbul, the tragedy in Moore isn’t far from many people's minds or the front pages of international newspapers.

"We have received an amazing outpouring here from the mayor to regular citizens stopping by to see how they can help," says Rebecca Cruise, who's visiting the University of Oklahoma's center in Arezzo, Italy. "The emails from faculty with students abroad also show how much the world is paying attention to this story."

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12:23 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Teen Katrina Refugee Loses Home Again In Tornado

Lead in text: 
This week, 15-year-old Darius Joseph found himself displaced again - the Dick family home was destroyed in the tornado on Monday.
Darius Joseph, 15, moved with his mom from New Orleans to Moore, Okla. after his home was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Last year, Joseph ran away from home and moved in with the family of his best friend Brandon Dick.

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