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Northwest Oklahoma tornadoes were EF1, may be year's first

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service says two tornadoes that struck northwest Oklahoma are each rated EF1 with wind speeds of up to 90 mph (145 kph) and may be the first confirmed tornadoes of the year in the state. Weather service...

 

Storms batter South, kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. National We...

 

Sheriff: Several injured after powerful storms hit Texas

DALLAS (AP) — About a dozen people have been injured in Texas after powerful storms spawned at least one suspected tornado and damaged several homes, authorities said Saturday. Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak told The Associated Press a...

 

The Latest: At least 8 die from strong storms in South

The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Two more deaths have been blamed on the weekend storms that ravaged the South, bringing the death toll to at least eight. One of the deaths in East Texas was that of a person...

 

Bomb cyclone storm hammering central US, disrupting travel

Blizzard warnings were posted from Colorado to Minnesota on Wednesday and wildfires were a concern in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as the second so-called "bomb cyclone" storm in less than a month hit the central U.S., raising the prospect of...

 
 By Josh Rouse    Regional    April 11, 2019

Area superintendents seeking solutions amid teacher shortage

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Across Oklahoma, superintendents from the smallest districts to the largest continue to contend with an ongoing teacher shortage that shows no signs of slowing. More than 30,000 teachers have left the profession in Oklahoma...

 

Foresters warn of high fire danger in Oklahoma and Texas

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Foresters in Texas and Oklahoma say portions of the states face significant wildfire threats due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry says a red flag...

 

3 Midwest states demand more power over river after floods

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Three Midwestern Republican governors of states ravaged by recent flooding on Wednesday demanded more authority over management of the Missouri River system. Following a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,...

 

Emergency Management showcases a new mobile command vehicle

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — City officials who recently congregated outside of Moore city hall came to see something they agree is good to have but hopefully never needed. Moore Emergency Management Department was there before the city council meeting to...

 

Rats chewing through tasty street lights wiring in Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Rats have been blamed for chewing through some apparently delectable wiring and causing street light outages in an Arkansas city. The Texarkana Gazette reports electricians in Texarkana have begun repairing a string of...

 

Captors marvel at 6-foot rattlesnake dubbing it as 'Samson'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Just because you invite a rattlesnake to enjoy the warmth of your living room, that doesn't mean it won't try to bite you, especially if it's a big, tough western diamondback as pugnacious as one nicknamed "Samson." "When we wer...

 

Missouri family farm overwhelmed by spring flooding

CRAIG, Mo. (AP) — In the late 1800s, the first members of the Drewes clan came to northwest Missouri and found a land that looked like their own back in Germany. They put down seed on a plot of land 3.5 miles south of Craig in Holt County. Nearly...

 

Whooping cranes make Kansas pit stop while migrating north

STAFFORD, Kan. (AP) — A flock of rare whooping cranes is delighting visitors at a Kansas wildlife refuge during a pit stop there on its northern migration. The Wichita Eagle reports that staff and visitors at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    March 27, 2019

Flooding poses potential risk for 1 million private wells

ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1 million private wells that supply drinking water in mostly rural parts of the Midwest could face the risk of contamination from floodwater, posing a health concern that could linger long after the flooding subsides. Maj...

 

EPA: Mushroom compost removes pollutants from Tar Creek site

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency report shows mushroom compost has been extracting contaminants from the heavily polluted Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma for a decade. Tar Creek is a 40-square-mile...

 

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow...

 
 By David Pitt    Regional    March 22, 2019

Midwest flooding costs increasing, with $1.6B damage in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage, pushing the total costs from the devastating Midwest flooding to at least $3 billion. The ongoing flooding...

 

Cleanup of Texas chemical plant hamstrung by new fire, spill

HOUSTON (AP) — The efforts to clean up a Texas industrial plant that burned for several days this week were hamstrung Friday by a briefly reignited fire and a breach that led to chemicals spilling into the nearby Houston Ship Channel. The Texas...

 

Officials: Air is safe near Houston-area petrochemical fire

Houston authorities on Tuesday assured residents that there were no measureable air-quality problems from a petrochemical storage terminal fire despite a huge black plume of smoke that could be seen for miles. The fire began Sunday at the...

 

Wet winter bodes well for water supplies along Rio Grande

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some ski areas touted an "endless winter" as forecasters on Tuesday called the snow that has been falling along the New Mexico-Colorado border a good sign for cities and farmers who depend on one of North America's longest...

 

Recent rain means lush, bright wildflowers across Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Experts say recent rain across much of Texas has contributed to a spectacular 2019 wildflowers season. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Tuesday announced the colorful displays range from bluebonnets to buttercups...

 

Kansas City-area coalition working to combat climate change

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A coalition of Kansas City-area leaders is working to reduce the impact of climate change amid reports that the region could be among the hardest hit in the nation. After an international group of scientists issued a...

 

Heavy rain causes rivers to rise, road closures in Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Heavy rains have caused rivers and creeks to rise across much of Missouri, flooding thousands of acres of agricultural land and closing several roads. The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler map shows road closures at...

 

Midwest flooding forces evacuations, closing of road, river

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the central U.S. on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highw...

 

'Epic' storm brings blizzards, floods, tornado to mid-US

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. "This is a very epic cyclone," said Greg...

 

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