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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.. Outside of classes, he enjoys volunteering with Special Olympics Oklahoma and attending OU athletic events.

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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
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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.

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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.”  

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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.”

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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.

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