OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
11:13 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 9:03 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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History
7:40 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 11:14 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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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Adrian Peterson To Be Reinstated By NFL

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (center) is seen following a court appearance last year in Conroe, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 6:15 pm

Updated at 4 p.m. ET

The NFL has announced that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated Friday as "an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings."

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
11:06 am
Thu April 16, 2015

After the Bomb, Downtown Oklahoma City Sees Significant Resurgence and Growth

Bill Mihas, owner of Coney Island
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

It’s been nearly 20 years since a bomb destroyed the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. As Oklahoma City prepares to look back on the bombing, one thing is clear — downtown OKC is a far different, and much better place than it was in April 1995. And it’s hard to deny the role the bombing played in the area’s resurgence.

Downtown Oklahoma City, April, 2015: The Thunder is in the arena fighting for a birth in the NBA playoffs. Bars and restaurants in Bricktown are packed along the scenic canal that feeds into the Oklahoma River, where the U.S. Olympic rowing team trains. 20 years ago, before the Oklahoma City bombing, downtown was nothing like this. There was no pro-basketball team, Bricktown was in decay, and the Oklahoma River was nothing more than muddy ditch.

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Headlines
8:19 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Headlines: Deputy's Training, Cold Beer and an Elephant Road Trip

Headlines for Thursday, April 16, 2015:

  • Training records for a Tulsa County reserve deputy accused of shooting a man during an undercover operation might have been falsified. (Tulsa World)

  • Court descriptions of a murdered Australian baseball player reduce the family in tears. (NewsOK)
     
  • The Senate makes changes to a bill regulating ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft before sending it to the House. (Journal Record)

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Pentagon To Exhume Remains Of Sailors From USS Oklahoma

A gravestone identifying the resting place of seven unknowns from the USS Oklahoma is shown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. The Pentagon says it will disinter and try to identify the remains of up to 388 unaccounted for sailors and Marines killed when the ship capsized in the 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Audrey McAvoy AP

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:04 pm

The Pentagon says it will exhume the remains of 388 sailors and Marines who died on Dec. 7, 1941, in the capsizing of the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:16 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Survivors of "Black Sunday" Dust Storm Commemorate 80th Anniversary

Dust Bowl survivor Pauline Hodges traveled to the Oklahoma Capitol to speak at an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the "Black Sunday" dust storm.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

On April 14, 1935, a rolling mountain of dust and sand swept through Oklahoma, choked out the sun and filled homes with dirt piles so high residents had to clean their homes with shovels. Survivors of the storm met Tuesday at the state Capitol to mark the eightieth anniversary of “Black Sunday."

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon near the town of Forgan in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. Pauline Hodges was 5-years-old at the time. She and her mother were visiting a neighbor when her friend’s father ran up to the backdoor and yelled...

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Here & Now
11:04 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Police Video Shows Killing Of Black Oklahoma Suspect

In this frame from the video released by police, Eric Harris is held down after being shot by reserve deputy Robert Bates.

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:49 pm

A man can be heard apologizing and admitting to shooting a man in a video released at the weekend that documents the killing of a black suspect by a white reserve sheriff’s deputy in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Police have said that the 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in the April 2 incident.

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Headlines
8:15 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Deputy Shooting, Anti-Abortion Law & Legislative Successors

Headlines for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • The Tulsa County District Attorney files charges against a long time Tulsa County Reserve Deputy. (Tulsa World)

  • A new challenge could be coming to the state’s new workers comp system. (Journal Record)

  • Jury selection starts in Australian Baseball player murder trial. (NewsOK)

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
8:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

OCU Theatre Students Portray Survivors of OKC Bombing in Verbatim Play

Michelle Roselle (right) is a senior at Oklahoma City University and portrays Oklahoma City bombing survivor Florence Rogers (left) in "The 20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project," a play from Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre.

Everyone remembers exactly where they were when they found out about the Murrah Building bombing on April 19, 1995. It’s a moment frozen in time.

"I was in southeast London, I was directing a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the ICA, and I was in a rehearsal and a friend of mine came in and said ‘you have to watch the television’," says Brian Parsons, the associate dean of Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre.

But what do you do if you can’t remember? There’s now an entire generation of young 20-somethings who have no recollection of that day or the lessons learned. So, Parsons is using art to help.

"We didn’t want to recreate that day because that day doesn’t need recreating," he says. "We wanted to really show that out of evil and out of tragedy comes beauty and hope."

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