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Nomin Ujiyediin

KGOU Digital News Editor

Nomin Ujiyediin is a recent alum of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and a graduate of Rutgers University.  She has worked at NPR’s Latino USA and WNYC in Manhattan.  When she’s not working, she’s often at the gym, behind the lens of a camera or at the movie theater.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @NominUJ.

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Among the artifacts Hobby Lobby forfeited to the United States Department of Justice were more than 1,500 cuneiform tablets.
U.S. Department of Justice

Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts company Hobby Lobby has agreed to return more than 5,500 ancient Iraqi artifacts and pay $3 million to the United States Department of Justice.

The annual Oklahoma City Pride Parade celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 25, 2017.
Nomin Ujiyediin / KGOU

Thousands of supporters attended Oklahoma City's 30th annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25. The parade was the climax of the weekend-long OKC Pride Festival, which celebrated LGBT life in Oklahoma and featured music, activist organizations, vendors and local charities. Check out KGOU's photos of the celebration above.

Oklahoma County Jail, via KOKH

A Midwest City doctor has been arrested on five counts of second-degree murder for prescribing unnecessary and lethal amounts of drugs to her patients.

Portrait of a Venetian Ambassador, Aged 59, II, 2006. By Kehinde Wiley.
Tony Powell

Artist Kehinde Wiley is known for his colorful portraits of everyday African-Americans in the style of classical European paintings. Raised in South Central Los Angeles and educated at the San Francisco Art Institute and Yale University, Wiley has lived and worked around the world.

Law enforcement has captured all four inmates who escaped from the Lincoln County Jail early Monday morning. United States Marshals apprehended the final escapee, 23-year-old Brian Allen Moody, in Lincoln County on Thursday.

The other three inmates, 41-year-old Sonny Baker, 31-year-old Jeremy Tyson Irvin and 27-year-old Trey Goodnight were captured on Wednesday morning.

This post was updated on June 15, 2017 at 4:40 p.m.

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Meteorologist Rick Smith responds to messages on the National Weather Service Facebook account. On stormy days, the forecast office in Norman often receives messages every few minutes from people worried about tornadoes.
Nomin Ujiyediin / KGOU

When meteorologist Rick Smith was growing up in Memphis in the 1960s and '70s, he was terrified of tornadoes. When storms approached, he glued himself to the weather radio and TV, gathering as much information as he could. At night, he cowered in his parents’ bed, covering his ears to block out the sound.

“It was like this mysterious, loud monster at night that you just didn’t know exactly what it would do to you,” Smith said.

The current terminus of James Garner Ave. at Acres Street. Norman Forward would extend the two-lane roadway all the way to the Robinson Street underpass.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Three new sales tax and bond proposals could raise more than a billion dollars for public projects in Oklahoma City.

 

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin at her 2017 State of the State address on Feb. 6, 2017.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Lawmakers finished the 2017 legislative session on Friday the passage of a nearly $7 billion budget. Legislators accomplished some of their goals this year, including compliance with the federal REAL ID Act and a $1.50 fee per pack of cigarettes. But there were also several things that did not happen at the statehouse, including the five items listed below.

Oklahoma state Reps. Leslie Osborn, center, R-Mustang, Kevin Wallace, left, R-Wellston and Glen Mulready, right, R-Tulsa, talk on the House floor in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 22, 2017.
Sue Ogracki / AP

Oklahoma’s legislative session came to a close on Friday, as lawmakers passed a nearly $7 billion budget.

Matteo Paciotti / Flickr.com

Republicans and Democrats spent weeks battling over ways to fill Oklahoma’s budget shortfall. The two parties have found little common ground on tax revenue, but they have been able to agree on some items that could make it easier to toast legislative achievements, or drown their sorrows following a bill’s defeat.

 

Rep. Steve Russell
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

U.S. Representative Steve Russell has announced he is seeking the chairmanship of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the House of Representatives.

The state agency that handles juvenile offenders is making some fundamental changes to the way it operates. The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs is undergoing a major shift in culture away from being a corrections’ system to more of a mental health and treatment agency. KGOU partner Oklahoma Watch has more.

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Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating is among the candidates to replace James Comey as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

National Weather Service

A night of storms brought power outages and damage to trees, buildings and infrastructure to central Oklahoma--and it's not over yet.

Oklahoma is suffering through severe cuts to public services. But the city of Tulsa is making do. The Economist reports that increased donations from philanthropists, as well as a sales tax increase with revenues dedicated to police, museums and public transportation have kept Tulsa running while a budget crisis ravages the rest of the state.

Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

The Oklahoma Attorney General's office has filed charges against the owners of a vanity publishing business for allegedly extorting its customers.  

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced that Richard Tate and his son Ryan Tate, who run Tate Publishing and the Tate Music Group, have been charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor, including counts of extortion, embezzlement and racketeering.

Sonic, America's Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In has pulled a commercial featuring General George Custer off the air. 

 

The Oklahoma City-based fast food chain premiered the commercial on April 24 to advertize a frozen dessert called a Custard Concrete. But the ad quickly drew criticism from social media users who called its humor insensitive.

 

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Uncertainties about the state budget have led Oklahoma transportation officials to change highway construction plans.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission announced at its monthly meeting on Monday that the Oklahoma Department of Transportation may suspend work on more than 80 bridges and roads across the state.

Mesonet

A weekend of rain, hail and high winds has left its mark on Oklahoma.

 

National Weather Service

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in response to a night of heavy storms that damaged power lines and homes across the state.

The state of emergency will last for 30 days and allows state agencies to make purchases that will contribute to disaster preparedness and relief, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

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