Following Oklahoma's 2013 Tornadoes, Where Does Federal Aid Really Go?

Debris filled the streets in Moore, Okla. on May 20, 2013.
State Farm Flickr Creative Commons

After a string of deadly tornados hit Oklahoma in the spring of last year, President Obama signed a federal disaster declaration that paved the way for up to $257 million in aid.

One year later, about one half of that funding has been spent.  The Oklahoma Tornado Project teamed up with Oklahoma Watch to track where all the money went. 

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Assignment: Radio
11:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Diet Fit For A Caveman

Credit Dollen

As the name suggests the Paleo diet takes you back to caveman days, no preservatives, no processed grains and no fast food at all... Assignment Radio's Hayley Thornton explored what it means to go Paleo.

Emily Groff: From my point of view it’s a very  nutritious kind of back to natural way of eating, which is why the certain foods are included and I have read a lot of books and done a lot of research into it, and its really about eating what’s best for your body.

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Oklahoma Facts
9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's No Joke, $1 Fine For Swearing In Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Santa Claus commission is among the facts from a popular Twitter account in the state.
Credit Sam Howzit

Did you know that swearing in Oklahoma is punishable by a $1 fine for each offense? Or that the Sooner State has a Santa Claus Commission?

No, it isn't an April Fools' Day prank. All are true facts about the nation's 46th state that are being shared and retweeted on the popular Twitter account @OklahomaFacts. The more obscure the fact, the better.

The account has garnered more than 12,000 followers. Even country music superstar Blake Shelton is a fan.

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Cleveland County
8:34 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Cleveland County Commissioner Denies Request To Resign

Cleveland County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan
Credit Cleveland County

A Cleveland County commissioner says he won't resign despite requests to do so from other commissioners following a report from the state's multicounty grand jury.

Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said Monday he won't step down from his post and that he plans to file for re-election. Last week, a multicounty grand jury report found that Sullivan likely broke state laws for his involvement in a road project, but that the statute of limitations to charge him had expired.

Sullivan was not charged with any crimes.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Missing Malaysian Jet May Never Be Found, Head Of Search Warns

Angus Houston, the retired Australian air chief marshal who is leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Lui Siu Wai Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:02 pm

"The head of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has raised the possibility that no wreckage from the passenger jet may ever be found, revealing authorities have a very poor understanding about how fast or far it traveled," The Sydney Morning Herald writes.

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide Increased To 27

In Arlington, Wash., neighbors and businesses are raising money for the families of those affected by the mudslide in Oso, a part of that city.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:03 pm

This post was updated at 1:45 p.m. ET.

The search continues in Oso, Wash., for victims of the massive mudslide that swept through about 50 homes and properties on March 22.

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Parallels
2:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

What 'The Simpsons' Says About Ukraine's Language Divide

The Simpsons, which has been on-air longer than Ukraine has been an independent country, is popular there. Some Russian-speakers even say they find the show funnier when it is dubbed in Ukrainian rather than their native Russian.
Fox via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:06 am

Misha Kostin, a 21-year-old construction engineer in eastern Ukraine, loves The Simpsons. He's loved it for 10 years. He says the animated series "illustrates everyday life problems in humorous ways, and offers a useful moral at the end of each episode."

And though Kostin and most of the people in eastern Ukraine are native Russian speakers, he prefers to download episodes dubbed not in Russian but in his second language, Ukrainian. All his friends in the city of Donetsk prefer the version dubbed in Ukrainian.

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Sexual Assualt Awareness
6:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Supports "Wear Teal Day"

Credit Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking Oklahomans to participate in the annual "Wear Teal Day" to raise awareness and show support of survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Tuesday event is meant to raise awareness of sexual violence and to help educate the public about prevention

The color teal and the teal ribbon represent awareness about sexual violence.

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Prohibits off-label uses
4:51 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Further Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Drugs

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A bill to further restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily cleared a Republican-controlled Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 5-1 Monday for the bill, which was written in direct response to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

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Oklahoma Politics
3:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate

T.W. Shannon speaks before a joint session of the Oklahoma House and Senate in Oklahoma City on Feb. 3.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:53 pm

The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.

Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bill Offers Flexibility On Oklahoma Third Grade Reading

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A bill that would offer more flexibility to school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 on Monday for the bill, which included several amendments by state Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond)

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