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8:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Concrete Chunk Falls Into Capitol Office

Oklahoma State Capitol

Oklahoma Capitol officials say a piece of concrete crashed through an employee's office after moisture leaked into the basement of the nearly 100-year-old building.

Five employees of the House of Representative's media division were packing up their offices Monday after the mishap occurred sometime during the weekend when the office was vacant.

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8:26 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

There's Now A Run On Quake Insurance In Fracking-Heavy Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City resident Mark Myers said that after the USGS issued their warning, he called his insurance agent to look into coverage. "When you see a warning for a major earthquake in Oklahoma, which I understand is pretty rare, it makes you aware of what could happen," Myers said just after speaking to an agent.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A warning from U.S. scientists that Oklahoma may be hit by a major earthquake has caused a run on insurance policies for tremors in the heartland state, adding to the woes of residents already in the firing line of devastating tornadoes.
Education
7:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Legislature Sends 3rd Grade Reading Bill To Fallin For Signature

Reading Test Results
Credit Oklahoma State Department of Education / Oklahoma Watch

A bill that would provide school districts more flexibility to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level is on its way to the governor's desk.

The House voted 83-6 Monday for the changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, which was part of a Republican-led agenda to increase the rigor in Oklahoma schools and prevent students from advancing to the fourth grade if they didn't score satisfactory on a state reading test.

The bill adds several ways for students to advance to the fourth grade, even if they didn't meet all of the requirements currently in statute.

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Will go through June 1
6:07 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

"Click It Or Ticket" Campaign To Start May 19

Credit Lee Haywood / Flickr.com

Oklahoma law enforcement agencies statewide are planning to join the annual nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Troy German said Monday that from May 19 through June 1 officers will be cracking down on drivers and passengers who are not buckled up according to state law.

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Building new global research center
3:47 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

GE And Devon Energy To Collaborate On Technology

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GE Oil & Gas has announced a new technology collaboration agreement with Devon Energy Corporation to accelerate the development and testing of oil and gas products in the field.

GE announced Monday it will work with Devon Energy on artificial lift systems used for increasing the flow of liquids from production wells, advanced drilling technologies and water treatment solutions.

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State Capitol
11:30 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Attorney Details Plundered Art's Journey To University Of Oklahoma

Bergère rentrant des moutons (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep)
Credit Camille Pissarro / Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Representatives of a French woman who claim she is the rightful heir to a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II are testifying to Oklahoma lawmakers that she deserves to have the painting returned.

The son of Leone Meyer and an attorney for the woman both testified Monday before the House Government Modernization and Accountability Committee.

Attorney Pierre Ciric presented lawmakers with a detailed account of how the painting was plundered from a French bank during the Nazi occupation in World War II.

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Oklahoma Watch
10:18 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Oklahoma Reading Retention Bill May Be Heard Monday

Nick Conroy Oklahoma Watch

Students worried about repeating third grade for failing Oklahoma’s reading test will have to wait until Monday for a potential legislative reprieve – a move that would come three days after school districts get the test scores back.

Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, said she will push to get the bill she co-authored heard on Thursday, but was promised by House leadership that the bill will be heard Monday.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon May 12, 2014

"Where Was God" Documentary Provides "Spiritual Disaster Relief" To Moore, Okla.

CGI recreation facing Plaza Towers Elementary immediately following the May 20, 2013 storm.
Where Was God

For many victims of last year’s deadly tornadoes in central Oklahoma, the storms created an existential crisis, where people questioned their beliefs and wondered just what to make of all the destruction in their midst. 

One group has decided to try to tackle life’s big questions through the lens of several storm survivors. 

Chris Forbes calls himself a “faith-based film producer.” After the deadly tornado struck Moore last May – the second EF-5 storm in less than 15 years – he knew there was a story to tell.

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OKC Thunder
5:33 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Clippers rally for 101-99 win over Thunder

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Darren Collison scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Los Angeles Clippers past the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-pointer and Serge Ibaka's tip attempt was too late at the buzzer, allowing the Clippers to salvage a game they trailed until the final 1:23.

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Weather and Climate
12:02 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Storms Possible Sunday Evening into Monday

Oklahoma weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.
Credit National Weather Service

The Norman office of the National Weather Service reports that it will be windy across Oklahoma till at least 7pm.  Thunderstorms are likely this evening, beginning after 5pm in western Oklahoma, and continuing eastward into Monday as a cold front moves across the region. Severe weather is possible starting early evening and continuing into the early Monday morning hours. The potential for severe storms will diminish Monday morning but could increase again Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging straight-line winds will be the main concerns.

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