TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa-based John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation's fourth annual symposium on bringing races together in America is about to begin.
The event runs Wednesday through Friday in downtown Tulsa and will focus on how addressing racial reconciliation issues could contribute to social, economic and political stability.
The symposium is named after John Hope Franklin, a pioneering scholar of American history and African-American studies who worked on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that outlawed public school segregation.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Hospital officials say they plan to demolish the Moore Medical Center, which was destroyed in last week's EF5 tornado.
Norman Regional Health System CEO David Whitaker says the building isn't salvageable. The Norman Transcript reports (http://bit.ly/1ayySui ) that the Norman Regional Hospital Authority has declared an emergency to allow hospital officials to waive bidding requirements for recovery, salvage and demolition costs.
Major items passed by the Oklahoma Legislature, which was working Friday to wrap up its 2013 session:
— Tax Cut: Lawmakers adopted legislation that reduces the state's top income rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The measure has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
Public agencies in Moore have opened streets to residents and resumed mail delivery to as many addresses as possible.
At a news conference Friday, police said residents in the hardest-hit areas can go back into their neighborhoods without having to deal with police checkpoints. Some road closures may still occur as utility crews work to restore service.
Moore's postmaster said 85 percent of mail delivered from the Moore station is being delivered, and that mail deliveries from the Santa Fe station are up to 95 percent.
The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill to provide various tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses in Monday's tornado that tore through Moore and left 24 people dead.
The bill approved unanimously in the Senate on Friday also provides sales tax breaks for businesses that donate inventory to help storm victims and property tax credits for property that increases in value after it's rebuilt.
Additional tests reveal no new cases of hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS among patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon accused of running dirty clinics.
The pace of people seeking testing has slowed. About 3,900 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington have gone to state clinics for testing. In March, health departments urged testing for 7,000 patients. Just 54 patients sought tests within the past week.
Inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions inside Harrington's clinics at Tulsa and Owasso.