storm shelter http://kgou.org en Oklahoma AG Says School Shelter Petition Meets Law http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-ag-says-school-shelter-petition-meets-law <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 15.9375px;"><font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office says the ballot title of an initiative petition to build storm shelters in public schools complies with state law.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 32662 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma AG Says School Shelter Petition Meets Law Group Files Second Storm Shelter Petition http://kgou.org/post/group-files-second-storm-shelter-petition <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15.9375px;">A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:20:07 +0000 Associated Press & KGOU Staff 32588 at http://kgou.org Group Files Second Storm Shelter Petition Senate Kills Fallin-Backed Shelter Plan http://kgou.org/post/senate-kills-fallin-backed-shelter-plan <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15.9375px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Senate has killed a proposal backed by Gov. Mary Fallin that would have called for a statewide vote allowing some school districts to increase property taxes to pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 23:55:03 +0000 Associated Press 29945 at http://kgou.org Senate Kills Fallin-Backed Shelter Plan House Walks Back Storm Shelter Vote, Plaza Towers Parents Take Legal Action http://kgou.org/post/house-walks-back-storm-shelter-vote-plaza-towers-parents-take-legal-action <p>The Oklahoma House reversed course Thursday night and narrowly passed a plan it had earlier defeated to help school districts pay for safety upgrades such as storm shelters and safe rooms.</p><p>House members voted 51-39 last night for the plan supported by Gov. Mary Fallin. It takes a minimum of 51 votes to pass a bill in the 101-member House.</p><p>The chamber had defeated the proposal hours earlier by a bipartisan vote of 61-34. House members said that Fallin's office had urged members of the majority GOP caucus to change their no votes.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:07:00 +0000 Associated Press 29884 at http://kgou.org House Walks Back Storm Shelter Vote, Plaza Towers Parents Take Legal Action A Battle Of Words: School Shelter Hearing Goes To State Supreme Court http://kgou.org/post/battle-words-school-shelter-hearing-goes-state-supreme-court <p>When the school shelter advocacy group <a href="http://takeshelterok.com">Take Shelter Oklahoma</a> formed several months ago, its goal was simple: to obtain enough signatures to get a $500 million bond issue on the ballot and use that money to build safe rooms in schools to protect kids from tornadoes.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group’s path has become a winding one, the most recent turn was at the State Supreme Court in a fight against Attorney General Scott Pruitt.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 24352 at http://kgou.org A Battle Of Words: School Shelter Hearing Goes To State Supreme Court Fight For Safe Rooms Leads To Oklahoma Supreme Court http://kgou.org/post/fight-safe-rooms-leads-oklahoma-supreme-court <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Kathy Turner works with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://takeshelterok.org/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Take Shelter Oklahoma</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:15:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 15762 at http://kgou.org Fight For Safe Rooms Leads To Oklahoma Supreme Court Parents, Officials Search For Solution To Oklahoma School Shelter Scarcity http://kgou.org/post/parents-officials-search-solution-oklahoma-school-shelter-scarcity <p>Danni Legg&nbsp;transferred her two kids to Kelley Elementary this past August. She moved them from Plaza Towers Elementary, after the tornado in May destroyed the school, causing the death of her middle child, Christopher, along with six other students. &nbsp;Legg says returning to Moore after the tragedy was something she did for her children.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:44:56 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 14869 at http://kgou.org Parents, Officials Search For Solution To Oklahoma School Shelter Scarcity Mapped: Which Oklahoma Schools Have Storm Shelters http://kgou.org/post/mapped-which-oklahoma-schools-have-storm-shelters <p><span>The results of a statewide survey released Thursday show 62 percent of Oklahoma&rsquo;s 1,804 public schools don&rsquo;t have storm shelters, and only 15 percent have shelters built to withstand the 250 mph winds of an </span>EF5<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; "> tornado, like the ones that swept through central Oklahoma in May 2013.</span></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:47:14 +0000 Joe Wertz 14339 at http://kgou.org Mapped: Which Oklahoma Schools Have Storm Shelters UPDATE: Group Launches Oklahoma School Shelter Ballot Drive http://kgou.org/post/update-group-launches-oklahoma-school-shelter-ballot-drive <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Organizers have launched a signature-gathering campaign for a $500 million bond issue to put storm shelters in public schools.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:17:54 +0000 Associated Press 13754 at http://kgou.org UPDATE: Group Launches Oklahoma School Shelter Ballot Drive School Year Begins In Moore, Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/school-year-begins-moore-oklahoma <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 0.9375em; line-height: 1.4285em;">Students are back in school in Moore, Oklahoma, nearly three months after a deadly tornado tore through town.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 0.9375em; line-height: 1.4285em;">The storm killed a total of 25 people, including seven third-graders who had hunkered down at the Plaza Towers Elementary School with their teachers.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:31:09 +0000 meghna chakrabarti 11752 at http://kgou.org School Year Begins In Moore, Oklahoma