Katie Western practices her lines for the upcoming National Weather Festival. She’s majoring in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and is one of the festival’s Weather Friends, a group of superheroes representing each kind of severe weather. Katie’s character goes by the name “Swirl Girl.” She’ll run around in a costume and answer questions about tornado preparedness. And even though it’s fun, Katie realizes her role may be more important this year than it has been in years past.
The Oklahoma State Department of Education says the release of school report cards will be delayed.
The department said Friday that release of the reports that grade schools on an A through F scale will be postponed until after a special meeting of the State Board of Education within the next two weeks. The board had been scheduled to discuss the reports at its meeting on Tuesday.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi says the delay is due to "an abundance of caution" to make sure the grades are accurate.
European Union trade ministers are warning Russia to stop pressuring neighborhood countries that seek closer ties with the EU.
Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says since the end of the Cold War, countries that once served as Russia’s “buffer zone” increasingly look to the West.
She’s a surgical tech by day, and a mom to her 7 year old son Coy…but in her other life she is one tough cookie. Kathina Catron is one of the top women fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, in this region. And she’s a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Severe smog has reduced the visibility of a northern Chinese city to less than half a football field.
Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says Chinese authorities blame the increase on two things: a lack of wind, and more smoke in the air.
Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with historian Kyle Harper.
University of Oklahoma historian Kyle Harper says there have been thousands of answers to what caused the fall of the Roman Empire. Overexpansion, economics, and the rise of Christianity are all valid explanations, but he’s exploring the role of disease and climate change.
“When we look back at the Roman Empire now, we can see that changes in the Romans' environment, both the climate, but also the kind of species that live in and around humans, especially pathogens, play an enormous role in the collapse,” Harper says.
An Oklahoma judge says a settlement to award punitive damages has been reached in a case that blamed sudden acceleration in a Toyota Camry for a wrongful death.
The jury found Toyota Motor Corp. liable Thursday for a fatal crash and awarded $1.5 million compensation to Jean Bookout, the driver injured in the crash, and $1.5 million to the family of Barbara Schwarz, who died.
The jury also decided that Toyota acted with "reckless disregard" for the rights of others.