Severe Storms
12:45 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

OU Looking To Add Storm Shelters Closer To Housing

Credit Tyler /

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the planning phase for tornado shelters on the OU campus in Norman is nearing completion.

The $12 million project is an expansion of campus storm shelters for students living in university housing.

The OU Board of Regents last September approved — at Boren's request — the hiring of MA Plus to help design a campus system of additional storm shelters.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:16 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Primary Preview: Four Oklahoma Races To Watch Tuesday

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has had a ripple effect in Sooner State politics, reaching into the Fifth Congressional District, and all the way into the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and state legislative seats.

KGOU gathered eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley, Oklahoma bureau chief and CapitolBeakOK writer Patrick McGuigan, and SoonerPoll and Shapard Research President and CEO Bill Shapard to make sense of the several hotly contested races in both the GOP and Democratic primaries.

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Oklahoma News
9:13 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Baby Rhinoceros Born At Oklahoma City Zoo

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden Facebook

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a new baby boy: an Indian rhinoceros born Saturday.

The zoo says the male calf was born to a 7-year-old female rhinoceros named Niki. The calf's father is 28-year-old rhinoceros Chandra.

The zoo says the calf is the fourth Indian rhino born at the zoo since the facility added the species in 1981.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:47 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Election Records: ‘Dark-Money,’ Campaign Groups Have Close Connections

State Rep. T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) is sworn in as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives - January 8, 2013
Oklahoma Legislative Service Bureau

Key individuals involved in a so-called “dark-money” group supporting T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate this year have had close ties with the campaign or its main consulting firm, according to state, federal and other public documents.

Those same individuals helped lead a separate independent political group in 2012 that had close connections to the consulting firm representing some state candidates also supported by the political group.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Joplin Works Toward Tornado Preparedness After 2011 Tornado

Con-way Truckload installed six of these Atlas Safe Rooms for employees around the property after the Joplin tornado.
Credit Gail Banzet-Ellis

As we pass the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, we’re looking at lessons learned from another devastating storm, three years ago in Joplin, Missouri. 

Joplin’s EF-5 tornado damaged or destroyed more than 500 businesses, but since that time, the city has made remarkable progress getting back on its feet. Recovery has included planning for the unexpected. 

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Top Business Stories: Earthquake Insurance, Energy, Hogs And Yukon

United States Geological Survey Oklahoma Seismicity Map - 1970 to June 17, 2014
Credit USGS /

Strong Earthquakes In Central Oklahoma Have Some Looking For Insurance That May Be Difficult To Get.

About 100 companies offer quake insurance in Oklahoma, the state insurance commissioner says. But most of them won’t start a policy until we have gone without a quake for 30 days.

Since November, there have been more than 265 events between magnitude 1 and 4.3 in Central Oklahoma.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Happy Retirement To Kathy Hawkins, KGOU Business Manager

Kathy Hawkins, KGOU Business Manager
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

June 22, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m giving tribute to KGOU’s Business Manager of the last eight years, Kathy Hawkins, who is retiring at the end of the month.

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Indian Times
9:52 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Can A School Be Bully Free?

Credit Oklahoma Alliance Academy

The U-S Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”

An educator and a counselor in Tulsa want to create a school that’s bully-free.

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Oklahoma News
6:15 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Man Impersonating Police Officer In Norman On The Phone

Credit Martin Cathrae /

Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester says a man impersonating law officers is calling people and asking for money.

Lester says his office received reports Friday afternoon that a man identifying himself as either Sgt. Joseph Kelly or as an Officer Hall has made the phone calls. The sheriff says his department does not have any employee with either name.

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5:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Fallin And Inhofe Tour Fort Sill Army Barracks

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Gov. Mary Fallin visit Fort Sill on Friday.
Credit U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin says 600 immigrant children being cared for in Army barracks at Fort Sill appeared to be healthy and in good spirits, and while they were in Oklahoma some of them were playing the game "Twister."

Fallin and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe visited the barracks Friday to view conditions for the children, who are between the ages of 12 and 17. They toured the shelter at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the children's care.

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