Okla. House panel approves $40M for Indian museum
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A plan to divert $40 million in use taxes over three years to help complete construction of an American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River has cleared a House committee.
A House budget panel on Monday voted 13-10 for the measure, which would divert the tax revenue beginning in fiscal year 2015. Use taxes are those paid on Internet purchases and tangible personal property purchased out of state and brought into Oklahoma. The taxes are expected to generate about $244 million next year.
Museum supporters say they've secured $40 million in pledges from private donors and only need one final $40 million appropriation from the Legislature to complete the project.
A separate $40 million for a museum in Tulsa will be considered Monday afternoon.
Official: 2nd person killed by Oklahoma tornado
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's state medical examiner's office says a second person was killed by a tornado that leveled a central Oklahoma mobile home park.
Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott on Monday identified the two people who are confirmed to have been killed during Sunday's storms as 79-year-old Glen Irish and 76-year-old Billy Hutchinson. Both men were from Shawnee.
1 of several tornadoes that touched down in parts of the nation's midsection on Sunday leveled the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee.
It wasn't immediately clear if both victims lived at the mobile home park.
SEVERE WEATHER-OKLAHOMA INJURIES
Okla. injury tally up to 39 after twisters hit
CARNEY, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma officials say more than three dozen people were hurt when tornadoes hit the state.
The director of the state's Emergency Management agency said during a tour at tornado-stricken Carney in Lincoln County on Monday that 39 people were injured during Sunday afternoon's storms. The tally includes those who sought treatment from a medical professional, not those who may have suffered bumps, bruises and cuts who did not seek medical attention.
Two people were killed in the Shawnee area.
Forecasters are warning that severe weather could occur again today. The Storm Prediction Center says areas of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are at a "moderate risk" of seeing tornadoes, severe hail or high winds.
Emergency director Albert Ashwood is traveling to hard-hit areas of Oklahoma, as is Gov. Mary Fallin.
SEVERE WEATHER-NO ELECTRICITY
Lincoln Co. to use police sirens to warn of storms
CARNEY, Okla. (AP) - With power out and the threat of more bad weather on the way, first responders in Lincoln County say they'll use police and fire sirens to warn residents of severe weather.
Gov. Mary Fallin is touring storm damage in Carney, where four people were injured and several homes were damaged in Sunday's severe weather. The governor expressed concerns that residents wouldn't know of incoming severe weather because of the power outage.
Crews said it would likely take days to restore power - meaning the area could be without tornado sirens as bad weather bears down on the state Monday afternoon and evening.
Utilities say power is out to about 6,000 homes and businesses in the state. Most of the outages are in Norman, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Wellston.
Oklahoma governor to tour tornado damage
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin is touring the areas hit hard by tornadoes Sunday.
The governor plans to visit Carney at 10 a.m. Monday before traveling to the Shawnee area. The governor plans to tour the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park in Shawnee, where one person was killed.
Twenty-one people were also injured after severe weather raked the state.
The National Weather Service is forecasting more of the same for the area - including Oklahoma City and Tulsa - Monday afternoon and evening. Forecasters say baseball-sized hail and tornadoes are possible.
Oklahoma health officials warn of diseases
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - With summer approaching and temperatures getting warmer, Oklahoma health officials are warning residents to take precautions against diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks.
The Tulsa Health Department says West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. In some cases the illness can be fatal, and its symptoms often include fever, headache, dizziness, and muscle weakness.
Residents should remove standing water and take precautions against being bitten, especially during dawn and dusk.
Officials say it is important to do a full-body check for ticks after being in the outdoors, including the backyard. Prompt removal of attached ticks can prevent some infections.
FAKE DELIVERY DRIVER
Bethany woman saved from attacker by family dog
BETHANY, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Bethany say a woman and her infant who were attacked by a man posing as a delivery driver were saved by the family dog.
Police say the man was holding a package and when the woman opened the door, the man sprayed mother and baby with pepper spray.
Oklahoma City television station KOCO reported reports the family dog, Louie, bolted toward the man when the woman screamed.
Louis chased the intruder out of the house.
The woman and baby were treated at a hospital for effects of the pepper spray. The family says they've recovered from the chemical.
The attacker hasn't been caught.
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