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Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Fire crews worked through the weekend to contain a dozen wildfires in western and northwestern Oklahoma. Authorities say the fires killed two people and injured seven others.

Many of the fires ignited last week. Gusty winds and low humidity meant the flames spread rapidly through drought-stricken trees and brush, torching homes, buildings and more than 300,000 acres.

Emergency management officials say a 61-year-old man died from fire-related injuries near the town of Leedey, and a woman was killed in her car outside a home near Seiling.

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The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Oklahoma City in February and March, and we're bringing you some of the stories that were recorded here. Locally recorded stories will air Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

There are points in life that can force or inspire a change of course. Even though he’s a spunky and scrappy 9-year-old today, when Jason and Vanessa Hart heard that their son had cancer...in an instant, everything changed.

The ongoing teacher walkout could start hurting Oklahoma’s blood supply.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute says the supply is currently stable, but that could change if the teacher walkout and subsequent school closings go on much longer.

Marketing and Media Manager Heather Browne says there are several reasons for a lack of donations right now.

“People are not able to come in because they’re busy with kids that are home, and, also, schools make up 20% of our blood collections, so some of those drives are having to be rescheduled or have been canceled."

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The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater is still more than a year away from holding its grand opening concert. But as construction continues on the new state-of-the-art music performance venue, the first series of performances is already underway in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stillwater.

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