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Storme Jones

KGOU News Assistant

Storme is from Yukon, Okla., and is currently studying broadcast journalism and political science at the University of Oklahoma..  Storme has served in the nation's capital as a U.S. Senate page. Outside of classes, he enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics Oklahoma and attending OU athletic events.

Drew Bernard / Univeristy of Oklahoma

 

Al Roker from NBC’s The TODAY Show and students at the University of Oklahoma set Guinness World Records Monday during Roker’s visit to the OU campus in Norman.

Storme Jones / KGOU

 

Oklahomans rallied at the State Capitol Saturday as part of a nationwide effort called March 4 Trump.

 

State Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, spoke at the event and said Trump hasn’t had a chance to begin governing yet.

 

“Donald Trump is my president. Let’s give him a chance. Let’s stop bashing him,” Yen said. “The administration that he has put together, I think there are some really sharp people in there. Let’s see what happens”

 

Storme Jones / KGOU

 

A five-star point guard from Norman North High School made his college decision on Thursday. Trae Young is staying close to home.

Young said his decision was difficult but he reached a place of peace.

“That place of peace for me, in the fall of 2017, will be at the University of Oklahoma,” Young said.

Bambi bucket helping to gain control over this massive grass fire.
Oklahoma City Fire Department

Emergency management officials have issued an evacuation order for a Sunday afternoon wildfire that has burned 877 acres in south-southeast Oklahoma City.

The fire isolated south of Southeast 134th and Southeast 149th between Air Depot and Midwest Boulevard. The fire is moving to the south.

Oklahoma City Emergency Management is asking residents south of Southeast 149th Southeast 179th or Indian Hills Road, and from Sooner Road to Midwest Boulevard, to leave the area. Officials request people leave to the south and then go to the east or west.

National Weather Service

Some roads and highways in western Oklahoma are icy and hazardous following a second round of freezing rain and ice.  Gov. Mary Fallin has issued a state of emergency for all 77 counties in the state. A complete, comprehensive list of closures can be found on the website of our severe weather partner, KOCO News.

 

Updated January 14, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.

 

AP Photo / Evan Vucci

 

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe has made up his mind on President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the Secretary of Defense. Inhofe is the senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where retired General James Mattis is testifying today. He told NPR’s Morning Edition, Mattis and Trump will restore America’s military dominance.

“I don’t think anyone is going to say there has been anyone who has been a better strategist, a better Marine, than Mattis. He is the right one for this time,” Inhofe said.

Joy Hofmeister, superintendent of public instruction, listens to a question from the audience during the "Oklahoma Watch-Out" forum on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Ilea Shutler / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma’s state superintendent is asking legislators to give schools more money next year. Joy Hofmeister is requesting an increase of $220 million in funding, despite a projected budget shortfall.

On Wednesday, Hofmeister made her case for the additional funds to Oklahoma House members ahead of the legislative session that begins next month. She told lawmakers the additional money is essential to keep up with a growing student population and increased health care costs. She also says schools desperately need new textbooks, and new teachers need more professional development.

State Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, on the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, March 2, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The Speaker-elect of the Oklahoma House of Representatives has announced plans for an investigation into a payment to settle a sexual harassment complaint by a former legislative assistant. 

Updated 1:23 p.m.

State Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka, announced Thursday his first action after officially becoming Speaker will be to authorize an investigation into the wrongful termination settlement agreement paid to Hollie Bishop, who was fired in November 2015 after less than a year working for state Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa.

Storme Jones / KGOU

As holiday travel ramps up, more than 350,000 passengers are expected to travel through Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City by January 7. Officials from both the Transportation Security Administration and the airport are trying to help make passengers’ rides as smooth as possible.

 

The holiday season is the airport’s busiest time of year. TSA Oklahoma Federal Security Director Steve Crawford says knowing what not to bring in carry on bags saves a lot of headaches.   

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2016 State of the State address Feb. 1, 2016.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin says early projections show Oklahoma will have a nearly $600 million hole in next year's state budget. That’s nearly 10 percent of the current year's spending.

"It's going to be a challenging year,” Fallin said during a Wednesday news conference. “We've got certainly need within the Department of Corrections, which you've seen recently. We've got needs with Highway Patrol, in Mental Health Services. There's a lot of competing needs out there, for money.”

OU Athletics

 

Former University of Oklahoma All-American football player James “Jimbo” Elrod, 62, died in a single car crash on the Turner Turnpike approximately 4 miles west of Chandler, Oklahoma early Monday morning.

The Highway Patrol responded to the call at 3:43 a.m. The car had rolled end over end several times, causing Elrod to be ejected. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Elrod’s wife, Diana, was wearing her seatbelt and was transported to the OU Medical Center in critical condition.

Oklahoma City skyline
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Oklahoma City Council approved mid-year budget cuts of more than $9 million dollars at its regular meeting Tuesday. The amendment is the city’s second cut this year.

Updated December 6, 1:50 p.m.

Sales tax revenue is projected to fall 2.6 percent this year, and City Manager Jim Couch says it's declined every month this year compared to the same month in 2015.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The Oklahoma City Police Department and the city’s Fraternal Order of Police have reached an agreement over the use of body worn cameras. The new agreement spells out when the cameras can, and must, be used.

Officers will be required to turn on cameras in the time between receiving a call and arriving at the scene. Police cannot roll film when interviewing victims or witnesses. Police management will be able to watch film to review operations, but not necessarily to assess an individual officer’s performance unless a citizen files a complaint.

Storme Jones / KGOU

More than 100 students, faculty, and staff members gathered on the University of Oklahoma's South Oval Wednesday in opposition to an anti-Black Lives Matter and anti-Islamic protest. OU President David Boren ordered the group to leave campus, or face arrest.

A small group of so-called street preachers have come to the campus before. This time, the group took aim at sensitive issues around the country, holding signs reading “BLM Are Racist Thugs” and “Muhammad is the devil.”  

drone
Matt Rourke / AP

A legislative panel explored the rules and regulations governing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Oklahoma during an interim study Wednesday.

The Senate's Public Safety Committee examined the pros and cons of unmanned aerial vehicles, and what policies or regulations to consider when drafting legislation before the 2017 session.

State Sen. Frank Simpson wants to address the constitutional questions and public safety issues that come with using drones without stifling economic development.

Ben Felder / The Oklahoman / Twitter

The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded to a deadly accident at a construction site in downtown Oklahoma City on Friday.

A construction worker fell 14 stories at the Bank of Oklahoma building that's under construction at the intersection North Walker Avenue and Sheridan Avenue.

Photo courtesy Dorothey Ellis

 


 

From Reba McEntire to Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood, Oklahoma has left its mark on popular country music. But the Sooner State also has a deep and enduring connection to the blues.

 

Small town blues festivals are a Labor Day tradition in Oklahoma. This weekend, Medicine Park, Arcadia and Rentiesville will all host concerts featuring many of the most talented blues musicians from Oklahoma and surrounding states. Of course, any blues festival in the Sooner State wouldn’t be the same without Dorothy Ellis, better known as “Miss Blues.”

Sue Ogrocki / AP

 

Oklahoma is home to musicians of all genres, from Carrie Underwood to the All-American Rejects and Hinder. One weekend each year, a town of about 3,000 people, just over an hour east of Oklahoma City, doubles in size to pay homage to a hometown hero, and America’s “Father of Folk Music.”

 

The 19th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival features over 70 artists from around the country, but the majority of this weekend’s performers hail from many of the Oklahoma towns that served as the setting for Woody Guthrie’s songs.

 

 

Oklahoma Watch

Updated April 15, 8:01 a.m.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent is "out of the office."

That's all the district's board of education said after meeting for five hours in executive session Thursday night to discuss the employment status of Rob Neu. After the meeting Board Chair Lynne Hardin said Neu has not submitted a resignation, but Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora has been assigned the additional responsibilities of superintendent in addition to her current role.