Oklahoma City, OK – Oklahomans who visit the Illinois River during the long Memorial Day weekend will get a first-hand look at damage to the river bank and recreational facilities caused by last month's flooding.
Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts President Joe Parker says flooding along the river may have caused as much as $1.5 million in damage to stream banks, fences, streamside bathroom facilities and camp sites
But Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission director Ed Fite says the Illinois is still open for recreational use.
Piedmont, OK – Authorities say they found the body of a 3-year-old boy who had been missing since a tornado struck his Oklahoma home.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said Thursday that Ryan Hamil's body was found Thursday morning on the shore of Lake Falcon, near his home in Piedmont. He says the boy's body was likely washed to the shore by changing currents.
The boy had been missing since a tornado destroyed his home Tuesday. West said the boy's 15-month-old brother, Cole, also died.
Oklahoma City, OK – The superintendent of the Newcastle Public School District has been named the 2011 Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year.
The Oklahoma Association of School Administrators says Robert Everett was chosen from superintendent finalists from across the state, and will be recognized at the Annual Summer Conference set for June 8-10. It's hosted by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration.
The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival in the fall of 2009 helped kick off the return of Return to Forever, the stellar fusion band from the 1970s — now a trio with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White on piano, bass and drums, respectively.
Norman, OK – Employees at the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center found themselves heeding their own advice when they took cover as tornadoes barreled through Oklahoma.
Storm Prediction Center spokeswoman Keli Tarp says the employees in the building were told to go to a shelter as a tornado passed by in south Norman. There have been no reports of damage or injuries at the center.