Special Report: Auditing The Disaster Aid For 2013 Tornadoes And Storms

Federal public-assistance funds are paying for the rebuilding of Plaza Towers Elementary School, in which seven children died in the May 20, 2013, tornado. The school is expected to open next month.
Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

The tornadoes and storms that devastated Oklahoma and killed 34 last year triggered the release of tens of millions of dollars in federal and state aid that will keep flowing for years.

To date, the federal government has approved up to $257 million in disaster assistance of various kinds to help re build damage and help victims of the winds and flooding that struck between May 18 and June 2, 2013, and to mitigate future risks.

The state has contributed an additional $10.5 million, and private insurers are paying about $1.1 billion. Charities also have pumped in aid.

The relief aid stemming from Disaster No. 4117, as it is called by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is arriving through several channels, heading ultimately to state and local agencies, contractors, businesses and individuals.

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Shots - Health News
7:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad? It's Not Them, It's You

S.pneumoniae bacteria may look harmless, but don't rile them.
CDC

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 9:01 am

Imagine a friend of a friend brings his family to stay with you — his family of tiny survivalists. For weeks or months you all live quietly side by side with no problems. You share meals. Your kids play together.

Then one day you get sick — maybe felled by a bad cold or the flu. Suddenly certain the end is near, your jittery houseguest breaks out an armory's worth of chemical weapons. He abandons his community to save himself and hunt for a new home, wreaking havoc on the way out the door.

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Japanese paper cranes
6:28 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Good Wishes Sent Via Paper Cranes

Example of Japanese folded paper cranes
Credit Dominic's pics / Flickr.com

Oklahoma native Candace Goodner, who is a kindergarten teacher in Japan, felt helpless when she saw the devastation of her former hometown of Moore on the news after the tornados of May.

Goodner told the Oklahoman newspaper that one of the customs in Japan when bad luck or illness happens to someone, you send them a "senbazuru", which resembles a mobile made up of a thousand folded paper cranes.

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Politics and Government
4:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Oklahoma To Work With Arkansas On Water Quality

Shanon Phillips receives 15 year service award from Mike Thralls (left) and Mike Rooker.
Credit Conservaton Commission

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Conservation Commission Water Quality Division Director Shanon Phillips as one of three representatives from the state on a joint committee with Arkansas to review the phosphorus water quality standard for the Illinois River.

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Shots - Health News
12:57 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Decades After Henrietta Lacks' Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

Henrietta Lacks and her husband, David, in 1945.
Courtesy of the Lacks family

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:03 am

The family of the late Henrietta Lacks finally got the chance to weigh in on how scientists use cells taken from her — without consent — more than 60 years ago.

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Native American
12:28 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

South Carolina Judge Orders Cherokee Girl's Transfer From Oklahoma

A Cherokee girl living in Oklahoma should be immediately turned over to her adoptive parents in South Carolina after her biological father missed a scheduled meeting with them accompanied by the girl, a judge has ordered.

The case file is sealed, but Monday's order from South Carolina Family Court Judge Daniel Martin was obtained by WCBD-TV of Charleston and posted on its website.

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Shots - Health News
11:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

If You Could Live To 120, Would You Really Want To?

Live to 120? Here I come!
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 6:47 am

We're all getting older. And in the U.S., the population is aging pretty quickly.

Obesity, sedentary lifestyles and all, we can expect to live longer than ever.

An American boy born in 2008, for instance, can expect to live to the ripe old age of 75, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For girls, it's 80. Back in 1960, a newborn boy could expect to hit about 67, while a baby girl would probably reach 73, on average.

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Heat Advisory
10:15 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Baby Dies During Hot Car Ride

Dangerously hot weather continues Wednesday across much of Oklahoma.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Police in Ardmore say a 1-month-old baby died during a car ride in a vehicle with no air conditioning.

Police say the family had been traveling from Ohio to the Ringling, Okla., area Monday when the parents noticed the baby wasn't breathing. Investigators tell Oklahoma City television station KOCO that the baby was taken to the emergency room where she was later pronounced dead.

The baby's cause of death has not yet been released, but investigators say the car did not have air conditioning and only one window would roll down.

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U.S. Senate
9:11 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Inhofe Says He Will Run Again

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe says he's running for another term in the U.S. Senate.

The senator announced his plans Wednesday to seek his fourth term representingOklahoma. In an interview Wednesday with Tulsa radio station KRMG Inhofe said he made his decision to run again after President Barack Obama was re-elected last November.

Inhofe would be 80 if re-elected next year to another six-year term in the Senate.

Democrat Matt Silverstein has filed to run against Inhofe.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Obama Cancels One-On-One Meeting With Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama when they sat down together in June at a G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
Alexi Nikolsky EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:12 am

President Obama has canceled a one-on-one September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House says.

It's the most dramatic effect so far on U.S.-Russian relations in the wake of Russia's decision to grant "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden temporary asylum while he tries to get safe haven in some third country.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Yemeni Government Says Al-Qaida Plot Was Foiled

A Yemeni soldier stands guard Tuesday near Sanaa International Airport.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 9:02 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Journalist Iona Craig, in Yemen, talks with NPR's Renee Montagne

Yemen is still the focus of concern as the U.S., its allies and countries across the Middle East and North Africa remain on alert for possible terrorist attacks.

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