JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The tornado that tore through Joplin a year ago already ranks as the deadliest twister in six decades. Now it carries another distinction — the costliest since at least 1950.
Insurance policies are expected to cover most of the $2.8 billion in damage. But taxpayers could supply about $500 million in the form of federal and state disaster aid, low-interest loans and local bonds backed by higher taxes. That's according to records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with federal, state and local officials.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says there's a shortage of troopers trained to patrol the state's lakes and that the marine enforcement division will be spread thin as the summer boating season begins.
Highway Patrol Captain Victor Lee said Friday that every troop in the state needs more officers.
Troopers in marine enforcement carry out routine boat inspections before the boats launch and investigate boat crashes and drownings. They also take part in search and rescue.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A morgue cooler where bodies are stored at the state Medical Examiner's Office has been repaired.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says a part needed to fix the unit was found and installed.
The agency had to move more than two dozen bodies to refrigeration trucks after an employee noticed the cooling system wasn't working properly early Wednesday. Elliott says there was concern about finding the part to fix the cooler because the equipment is about 40 years old.
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man who was killed in a shooting in Midwest City was a probation and parole officer.
Police were responding to a disturbance call about noon Friday when they found a body in the street. Corrections spokeswoman Joyce Jackson later told reporters the victim was 32-year-old Jeff McCoy, who had worked as a probation officer for almost seven years.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislative leaders and officials in Governor Mary Fallin's office say they expect to announce a deal on Monday on how to divvy up Oklahoma's $6.6 billion budget.
House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman met with the governor's office until about 6 p.m. Friday to hammer out the final details of the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two people are dead after a motorcycle and car collided in Broken Arrow.
Police say the wreck happened Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Elm Place and Fargo Street. The Broken Arrow Police Department says a man was driving a white motorcycle at a "high rate of speed." He went over a hill and crashed into a woman driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix who was turning left onto Elm Place.
The motorcycle struck the driver's door of the Pontiac. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.