Oklahoma News

Oklahoma Kids Get Helmets for Tornado Protection

As many as 34,000 students and workers in the Moore school district in Oklahoma soon will have access to helmets to protect them during severe weather. Moore Helmets for Schools, a group of volunteers headed by the mother of a …

School Storm Shelter Measure Stalls in Oklahoma House Committee

The author of legislation asking voters to decide whether to fund storm shelters in public schools has failed to get it out of an Oklahoma House committee. Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs asked the House Rules Committee to …

Moore Oklahoma Fire Dept. Receives Grant from Fireman’s Fund, Apollo General

The Moore, Okla., Fire Department has received a special $10,869 grant from Apollo General Insurance and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. In the aftermath of the EF5 tornado that tore through Oklahoma, the Moore firefighters had their work cut out for …

Oklahoma Senate Committee OKs Texting and Driving, School Zone Cell Phone Bills

The Oklahoma Senate Public Safety Committee has approved legislative measures that would ban texting while driving, as well as the use of cell phones while driving in school zones. Senate Bill 442, by Sen. Ron Sharp, would make it unlawful …

Tougher Seat Belt Law Advances in Oklahoma

An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation that would require passengers in the back seat of vehicles to wear seat belts. The House Public Safety Committee voted 7-5 for the measure on Feb. 19 and sent it to the full …

Durability of Oklahoma School Storm Shelter Tested in Demolition

An excavator tore down an aging former school in rural Oklahoma, but it was what was left standing that drew a crowd. After the ceilings and concrete walls of the old Little Axe middle school came down with ease, a …

Judge Blocks Oklahoma Firm from Selling Execution Drug to Missouri

A federal judge on Feb. 12 agreed to temporarily block an Oklahoma pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for use in an upcoming lethal injection. The temporary restraining order was issued after a federal lawsuit …

New Texting-While-Driving Ban Proponents: Oklahoma Teens

A group of teenagers who support a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma are urging legislators to pass a new state law outlawing the practice. About a dozen high school students with a group called “Generation tXt” visited with lawmakers …

Moore, Joplin Mayors: Majority of Tornado-Stricken Homes Being Rebuilt

Mayors from two communities hit by deadly EF5 tornadoes in recent years say more than three-quarters of residents who were displaced have rebuilt their homes or intend to do so. It’s been almost three years since the town of Joplin …

Oklahoma, Texas Had Costliest Natural Disasters in 2013: Hartwig

The Oklahoma tornadoes of May 2013 not only caused significant loss of life but also contributed to its designation last year as the costliest state for natural disaster related insurance payouts, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Oklahoma’s policyholders …