Headlines
8:37 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Headlines: Severe Weather, Blue Bell & Teacher Pay Raise

Headlines for Friday, May 8, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin declares a disaster emergency for 12 counties after Wednesday night’s storms. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahomans cleaning up from the storm need to be wary of scams. (KOCO)

  • Delta Airlines is investigating why passengers were left stranded while crews sought shelter from storms. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

FBI Says It Sent Bulletin On Texas Assailant Hours Before Attack

FBI Director James B. Comey takes a question during a news conference in March. Comey says the FBI issued a bulletin to local law enforcement about one of the Garland, Texas, assailants three hours before the attack.
Joshua Roberts Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:01 pm

Updated at 6 p.m. ET

FBI Director James Comey says the bureau issued a bulletin on one of the two assailants at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, just three hours before the attack earlier this week.

Comey told reporters Thursday that the FBI had sent an Intel Bulletin to local law enforcement with a photo of Elton Simpson, his license plate number and other information without stating directly that he was heading to Garland.

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Environment
2:17 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

What Oklahoma Farmers Think About The Right-to-Farm Issue In Oklahoma

Dustin Green, owner of 10 Acre Woods farm near Norman, feeds a few of his 400 or so chickens.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The right-to-farm bill got through the legislative process last week. That means voters will have a chance to decide next year whether to give farmers and ranchers broad protections against future state laws that might interfere with their operations.

But opponents say right-to-farm is a license that allows big ag to harm animals and the environment. But where do actual Oklahoma farmers and ranchers stand on the issue?

StateImpact randomly knocked on current and former farmers’ and ranchers’ doors east of Norman to find out.

“I don’t have an opinion. I don’t know anything about it. Do you know anything about it?” Debbie Downey asks her son, Dustin. “I know absolutely nothing about it,” Dustin says.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Thu May 7, 2015

NSA's Bulk Collection Of Americans' Phone Data Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

A view of the National Security Agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:22 pm

The National Security Agency's practice of collecting data about Americans' telephone calls in bulk goes beyond what Congress intended when it wrote Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The three-judge panel was asked to consider whether the program violated the Constitution. Instead, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel punted on the constitutional claim, deciding the program was simply not authorized by federal law.

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Headlines
9:14 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Sheriff Petition, Pro-Gun Bills & Kyle Dillingham

Headlines for Thursday, May 7, 2015:

  • Oklahoma gets pounded by storms. (NewsOK)
     
  • A petition is asking for a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill heading to the Governor prevents businesses from banning guns at some events. (NewsOK)

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Red Cross Shelters
7:23 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Red Cross Shelters

Red Cross has set up shelters to help Oklahomans affected by Wednesday night's storms.

  • Heritage Family Baptist Church
    600 N. Mustang Road in Tuttle
     
  • Santa Maria Virgen Episcopal Church
    5500 N. Western Avenue

You can help with donations at RedCross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or test REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

Road Closings
7:12 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Statewide Road Closings

Road Closings from ODOT:

Oklahoma City Metro Area

  • Interstates and highways are open, however drivers should expect congestion and delays in the Oklahoma City metro area today as emergency response and cleanup continues. 

Alfalfa County

  • US-64 is closed between the south SH-8 junction and the south SH-58 junction west of Jet due to high water.                                                          

Grady County 

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Closings
6:56 am
Thu May 7, 2015

School Closings

School Closings and delays via KFOR.com

All Saints Catholic School

Closed Today

Amber-Pocasset Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Bridge Creek Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Go Church-Norman

Open at 8:30 AM Today

Moore-Norman Tech

Open at 12:00 PM Today

Mount Saint Mary High School

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Tornadoes Rake Oklahoma, Destroying Homes And Injuring 12

The driver of a truck that crashed during severe weather on Interstate 35 gestures to his rescuers after being cut from the truck in Moore, Okla., on Wednesday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 11:40 am

More than a dozen tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma on Wednesday, destroying homes and injuring 12 people.

The Oklahoman reports that the damage is widespread and that the thunderstorms that spawned the twisters also brought lots of rain that could lead to record flooding.

The paper reports:

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Energy
6:03 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Oil pump jacks in Williston, N.D., in December. Oil prices have been on the rise, but some analysts say the global economic slowdown, fracking and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

Oil prices hit a new high for the year Wednesday — closing at just under $61 a barrel. They've been rallying for a month, but nobody's predicting $4-per-gallon gasoline anytime soon. And some analysts say weak demand will send oil prices down again.

The recent rise follows an historic drop in prices, which were as low as about $45 a barrel less than two months ago.

So to understand what's going on now, let's look at what sent prices tumbling in the first place

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