The Moore City Council has approved more than $32 million to pay for cleanup costs related to the deadly May tornado.
Moore Finance Director Jim Corbett says the city foots the bill for the cleanup costs, then is reimbursed by the state and federal government. Corbett says the city received its first payment last week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Twenty-five people died after the EF5 tornado tore through Moore, including a 90-year-old woman who died last week after suffering a fractured skull in the twister.
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner has increased the toll from the May 20 tornado at Moore after the death of a 90-year-old woman critically injured in the storm. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said today that the death of Kathryn Begay pushed the death toll to 25. Begay's home in the town of Moore was destroyed and she suffered a fractured skull. Officials say she suffered a pair of strokes after the storm and died last Thursday. A tornado that struck El Reno on May 31 killed 22 people, including 14 adults and eight children. Many victims drowned due to heavy rain from that storm.
Six people have been indicted in federal court in Muskogee after two bribery investigations revealed alleged corruption involving construction of a casino for the Choctaw Nation in Durant.
Lauri Parsons and her husband, Brent Parsons, Cordell Bugg, James Stewart, and Mark Eshenroder were indicted on conspiracy to commit theft or bribery charges. Brent Parsons and Stewart also face money laundering charges.
Allen Franklin, project manager for the tribe, is accused of conspiracy to commit theft or bribery.
The chief curator at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman will serve as the facility's interim director.
University of Oklahoma President David Boren named Mark A. White to the position, though the appointment needs approval by the OU Board of Regents.
The Norman Transcript reports that White would start as interim director on Sept. 3. A national search will be conducted to replace former directorGhislain d'Humières, who resigned to become director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky.
Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 10:17 am
The Obama administration's weekend decision to close diplomatic posts from Central Asia through the Middle East and into North Africa has led to applause from "rattled lawmakers in both parties," The Washington Post writes.