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July 3, 2014

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Oklahoma City — Group files second storm shelter petition

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma will begin collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.

David Slane, an attorney for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says petitions were distributed Wednesday and signatures will be collected beginning Thursday. Organizers must collect the signatures of 155,000 Oklahoma voters in 90 days to have the measure placed on the November ballot.

The petition drive comes more than a year after a tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, killing seven children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

The petition drive calls for a $500 million bond issue for the shelters to be repaid from the state's General Revenue Fund. It is the second petition launched by supporters. The first was abandoned in April.

15 kids injured in 

Norman bus accident

NORMAN (AP) — Norman police say 15 students were taken to a local hospital Wednesday with minor injuries after a school bus was involved in a head-on crash with another vehicle near the University of Oklahoma campus.

Norman Police Lt. Eric Lehenbauer said in a press release the students all were ages 7 to 10 and that none of the injuries are considered serious.

Lehenbauer says police believe a car ran a stop sign, was hit by a sport utility vehicle and then was struck head-on by the bus. The driver of the car also was taken to Norman Regional Hospital.

Lehenbauer says there were 38 children and five adults on the bus.

 

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