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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
10:22 am
Fri April 17, 2015

That April Morning: The Oklahoma City Bombing

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Brian Hardzinski KGOU

The bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City killed 168 people - including 19 children. It injured hundreds more, and forever shaped the community.

April 19, 1995 started as an idyllic spring morning - clear skies, calm winds - better than most Wednesdays during the state’s usually-turbulent severe weather season. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Workers showed up to their jobs, and went about their regular routines.

That all changed at 9:02 a.m.

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StoryCorps
7:24 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing Reopens Wounds For Survivors

Phuong Nguyen, 55, and her son, Chris, who survived the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 3:05 pm

On the morning of April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast — equal to 4,000 pounds of TNT — killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.

The federal office building also housed a day care center. The explosives-laden truck was parked directly beneath it. Of the 21 children there that morning, only six survived.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
5:48 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Sneak Preview: "That April Morning - The Oklahoma City Bombing"

It's been nearly 20 years since a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The aftermath of the tragedy continues to reverberate through the city and shape the character of the state.

Friday morning at 11 a.m. KGOU will debut a new documentary called That April Morning: The Oklahoma City Bombing. We've produced this sneak peak:

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History
6:40 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Family Of Unaccounted For USS Oklahoma Sailor Wouldn't 'Let Him Go'

Edwin Hopkins with his mother, Alice, and father, Frank Jr. Hopkins was killed aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, but his remains never were identified.
Courtesy Tom Gray

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 10:14 am

The Defense Department announced Tuesday that it will exhume the remains of 388 sailors and Marines who were buried as "unknowns." The men were killed when Japanese torpedoes sank the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, during the attacks on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
5:20 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

The McVeigh jury members address the media during a news conference in Denver, Colo., Saturday, June 14, 1997. From right to left are: Roger Brown, Fred Clarke, Doug Carr, Diane Faircloth, James Osgood, Tonya Stedman, Mike Leeper, Ruth Meier, Jonathon Candelaria, Martha Hite and Vera Chubb. (Michael S. Green/AP)

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 8:03 am

Just past the two-year anniversary of the bombing of the Boston Marathon, another horrific anniversary approaches. Oklahoma City residents will never forget April 19, 1995, when a bomb blast tore through the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, killing 168 people and injuring several hundred others.

Police tracked down Timothy McVeigh, a 26-year-old Persian Gulf War veteran and right-wing militia sympathizer. He was put on trial and ultimately put to death.

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Oklahoma News
12:10 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office To Conduct Internal Review

Tulsa County reserve deputy Bob Bates (center) stands outside the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center with his attorney, Clark Brewster, after turning himself in Tuesday morning.
Matt Trotter KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says it will conduct an internal review of its reserve deputy program after a 73-year-old volunteer officer fatally shot an unarmed suspect who was on the ground.

Spokesman Shannon Clark told the Tulsa World Thursday that there will be an audit, but she did not discuss details.

Clark did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
6:26 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Clinton To Speak At Sunday's Ceremony Remembering Oklahoma City Bombing Victims

Former president Bill Clinton will speak during Sunday’s ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Clinton was in office during the 1995 bombing, and now serves as a member of the national advisory board for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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Oklahoma News
5:41 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Federal Court Declines To Block Transfer of Seattle Elephants To OKC

Chai at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Credit Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo. / Creative Commons/Google Images

A federal appeals court has declined to block the transfer of two elephants from a zoo in Seattle to a new home in Oklahoma City.

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied a motion to stop the move of the aging female elephants at Woodland Park Zoo to an Oklahoma City zoo.

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Oklahoma News
5:11 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Gun Rights Group Sues Over Norman Music Festival Weapons Ban

Credit normanmusicfestival.com

A decision by organizers of a popular music festival in Norman to ban weapons during an upcoming three-day concert has prompted a lawsuit by a gun rights group whose members want to carry their firearms at the outdoor concert.

The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Cleveland County seeking to stop the ban from taking effect during the festival next weekend in the city's downtown area. The association claims the city has no right to prohibit people from carrying concealed or even openly displayed firearms on city property.

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Oklahoma News
3:45 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

House Votes To Allow Liquor Stores To Sell Refrigerated High-Point Beer

Credit K. Graham / Flickr Creative Commons

Legislation that would authorize liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer has been approved by the Oklahoma House.

House members on Wednesday voted 68-21 for the Senate-passed measure. Its author, Republican Rep. Glen Mulready of Tulsa, says the bill will now go to a joint House-Senate conference committee where it may undergo changes before lawmakers seek final passage.

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