OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Forecasters hope new social media practices can help further the reach of tornado warnings and keep more people out of harm's way. The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., has used Twitter and Facebook for years to disseminate weather warnings. But they tried a new approach recently, holding an online "tornado drill." The Facebook post reached nearly 46,000 users within 15 minutes, the average warning time of a tornado.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Lawyers for two Oklahoma death row inmates are asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court for a stay of execution. Attorneys for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner filed an appeal Tuesday. Lockett is scheduled to die March 20 and Warner on March 27. They are not challenging their convictions but are asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent their executions until they know more about the lethal injection drugs to be used.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would get a pay increase of as much as 20 percent under a bill that has passed unanimously in the state Senate. The bill would provide for an across-the-board pay raise for troopers based on the recommendations of a recent study on state employee compensation. A starting trooper is currently paid an annual salary of about $38,000.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Videos shot from the dashboards of Oklahoma Highway Patrol cruisers would be subject to the state's Open Records Act under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the state Senate. The bill eliminates a current exemption to the state's Open Records Act that allows the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to keep the videos secret.
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