U.S.
6:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations

About 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Ill., last November. Some senators are pushing for a better disaster formula for communities to get financial help.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado ripped through the area last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.

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At risk of demolition or deterioration
6:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Oklahoma's Most Endangered Places

Westhope
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For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma state Capitol has made a list of the most endangered places in the state.

The nonprofit organization Preservation Oklahoma released its annual list of Oklahoma's most endangered places on Tuesday.

The list recognizes historic sites across Oklahoma at risk of demolition or deterioration and raises awareness about the need to preserve them.

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Helps housing and service programs
5:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

HUD Gives $6.6 Million In Grants To Programs In Oklahoma

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced $6.6 million in grants to renew support for 55 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The grants announced Tuesday support programs that include street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to individuals and families with children who are homeless. The grants also support job training; health care; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment; and child care.

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Oklahoma City Zoo
4:34 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

UPDATE: Young OKC Giraffe Dies During Risky Surgery

Zoo officials hope Kyah will be returned to her mother at the zoo soon after the surgery, and say she could be back on her feet within two weeks.
Credit Jaimee Flinchbaugh / Oklahoma City Zoo

A 6-month-old female giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo died Tuesday during surgery to correct a terminal birth defect that affected her ability to eat.

Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson confirmed the death to The Oklahoman's Matt Patterson:

Kyah was euthanized during surgery when it became clear the complications encountered would be too much to overcome.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OK Policy Poll: Voters Oppose Tax Incentives For Horizontal Drilling

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A new poll shows 64 percent of Oklahoma voters oppose state tax incentives for horizontal drilling and support eliminating the incentive to pay for other government services.

Oklahoma levies a 7 percent tax on oil and gas production, but the horizontal drilling incentive lowers the rate to 1 percent for the first 48 months of production. The incentive expires in 2015, and some Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to make the reduced rate permanent.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:06 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

City Of Norman Awaiting Permit To Sell Reclaimed Water So Frackers Don’t Have To Use Drinking Water

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A Texas drilling company has tapped a hydrant and is using drinking water from the City of Norman for a hydraulic fracturing operation.

Norman has faced water supply shortages and the city has declared mandatory conservation measures, which restricts activities like outdoor watering and car washing, and hydraulic fracturing uses hundreds of thousands to millions of gallons of water.

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Oklahoma Politics
1:10 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Oklahoma City Democrat Announces U.S. Senate Bid

State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City)
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A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City who has been a leading liberal voice in the Senate has announced her plans to run for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn.

Flanked by family and friends, Sen. Connie Johnson announced her candidacy on Tuesday and said: "It's time for a change."

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State Capitol
12:18 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawmakers Honor Oklahoma National Guard Soldier Paralyzed During May Tornado

Gov. Mary Fallin State lawmakers honor Oklahoma National Guard Sgt. E. H. Pittman for his actions during the Moore tornado last May during a Tuesday ceremony at the state Capitol.
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The Oklahoma Legislature has honored a soldier with the 45th Infantry Brigade who was seriously injured while trying to protect others when a massive tornado struck Moore in May.

Sgt. E.H. Pittman was honored with the Oklahoma Star of Valor Tuesday during a joint session of the Legislature to honor members of the Oklahoma National Guard.

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All Tech Considered
11:24 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How

Microsoft is ending its support for the 12-year-old Windows XP software Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 11:59 am

Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.

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Corrections
9:34 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Tulsa Halfway House Once Again Getting Oklahoma Inmates

Oklahoma corrections officials are once again sending inmates to the Avalon Center in Tulsa, Okla., two months after removing all state prisoners from the halfway house due to an investigation into organized fighting at the facility.
Credit Avalon Correctional Services

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has begun repopulating a halfway house in Tulsa, about three months after the facility was temporarily shut down because of violations.

About 200 inmates were moved out of the Avalon Correctional Services halfway house in January after a corrections department investigation found "serious infractions" that affected inmate safety.

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