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“We will never forget” Oklahomans gather to remember 19 years after bombing

Our state will pause to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing this weekend.

Oklahomans will never forget the day 19 years ago, April 19, 1995.

Before the anniversary is marked Saturday, volunteers are preparing their own tribute Friday.

Oklahoma Christian University students and staff are posting 168 Oklahoma and U.S. flags on the school’s front lawn.

The “Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags” is a dual tribute to those affected by the bombing of the Murrah federal building 19 years ago and to those in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Oklahoma Christian is also one of the only sites in the world to have Survivor Trees grown from seeds from the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

UPDATE: State Superintendent Barresi responds to “no confidence” petition

UPDATE: Janet Barresi’s campaign is responding to the “no confidence” petition.

The campaign released the following statement:

“The fact that those guarding their own kingdoms are against the state’s leading reform advocate is not a surprise. This same group literally turned their backs on Janet when she first went to speak to them before the 2010 elections.  

These are the same people who opposed Janet in 2010, who constituted the 18% who supported SQ 744 in 2010, who have sued parents for seeking opportunities for their special needs children and who have controlled education in Oklahoma for all but the last three years.

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Oklahoma Marine claims PTSD caused him to allegedly physically, sexually abuse his wife

WEWOKA, Okla. – An Oklahoma Marine is behind bars and accused of going on a violent rampage.

He’s now facing 17 felony counts including assault, kidnapping and rape of a woman in front of children.

It happened last Wednesday from 9 p.m until 8 a.m. the next morning.

Authorities claim Brian Fletcher allegedly terrorized his wife in their Sasakwa home.

But she told officers everything between them was fine before that night.

He says he blacked out and doesn’t remember telling his wife, “You deserve to die. It’s not like I haven’t killed before. I can hide a body where no one can find it.”

According to court documents, he allegedly attempted to kill her with different objects and strangle her for 10 hours.

Local tribe hosting fundraiser to pay for storm shelters in schools

SHAWNEE, Okla. – A local Native American tribe is working to keep children safe during storm season through a fundraiser.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is hosting a fundraiser to provide storm shelters for schools in Pottawatomie County.

The fundraiser will include a dinner, silent auction, live auction and live entertainment.

The event will be held on May 3 and tickets are $75 each or $1,000 for a table of eight.

Linda Capps, vice chairman of Citizen Potawatomi Nation, said, “It’s time that we protect our most valuable and most venerable while they are in our schools. It is our responsibility to help however we can.”

The event will be hosted at The Ballroom, located inside Grand Casino Hotel and Resort.

For more information, visit the box office’s website to purchase tickets.

Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek announces MUD MAYhem race on May 31st.

Run Lizard Creek is having its next race on May 31, 2014. Located in Judsonia, Arkansas, this permanent 8K obstacle challenge course features more than 30 obstacles—including a 60 foot water slide—along a five mile stretch of mud, sweat and adventure. Located on more than 480 beautiful acres, this challenging course and timed race event provides a unique experience for runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. MUD MAYhem promises to be even more adventure-filled with added obstacles and mud inducing challenges.

Oklahoma educators and lawmakers disagree over banning social study testing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma educators are expressing their concerns about the proposed state legislation that would erase Oklahoma’s ability to measure student knowledge of social studies, geography and a significant portion of U.S. History.

According to reports, Senate Bill 1654 seeks to eliminate state assessments on social studies in grades five and eight, as well as geography in grade seven.

This U.S. history end-of-instruction exam would remain in place in high school.  However, that assessment only covers standards that encompass history following the Civil War.