Oklahoma U. offers space for donations to tornado victims

Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 3:54 PM
Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 3:52 PM
By: Russell Mills

It's a problem one would imagine is a good one to have -- so many donated items coming in to help tornado ravaged Moore and Oklahoma City they don't have any place to put it all.

But actually, it's been a logistical nightmare, according to officials with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, as well as government entities which truly appreciate the help, but don't know where to put everything nor how to best organize its distribution.

KRMG has learned that the University of Oklahoma has cleared about 100,000 square feet of space at the Lloyd Noble Center which can be used as a drop-off point for truckloads of donated items.

Local officials ask that people who want to make smaller donations take them to area churches and community organizations.

For those semi-trucks from around Oklahoma and out of state, they ask drivers to take I-35 to Highway 9 East, then proceed to Imhoff and follow the signs from there to the Lloyd Noble Center.

Trump vs. Clinton: Which states allow early voting?

Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 4:14 AM
Published: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 11:55 AM
By: Debbie Lord - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Trump vs. Clinton: Which states allow early voting?
Early Voting Has Begun

In a political season that sometimes seems as if it will never end, Sept. 23 was an important day  – it was the beginning of the end. 

Early voting in four states began on that day. Registered voters in Minnesota, South Dakota and Vermont began to cast their ballots in person or by mail. (Voters in Virginia have to provide a valid reason to get an absentee ballot to vote early.) On Sept. 26, some Mississippi voters began voting.

Nearly 40 states now have procedures for voters to cast their ballots before General Election Day on Nov. 8.

Google has created this handy table that provides state-by-state voting information

Here’s a look at early voting in the United States and which states allow it:

What is early voting?

Early voting allows voters to cast their ballots before election day in November.  

Why have it?

Convenience, mostly. It allows some voters to mail ballots if they would have a tough time getting to the polls, and it cuts down on lines on Election Day.

How many states have early voting?

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 37 states have some form of early voting.

What types of early voting are there?

  •  In-person absentee voting

This means is that voters can get a ballot early, but must turn it at a designated place. The ballot is counted with other absentee ballots.  

  • No-excuse absentee voting

Every state allows people who cannot get to the polling place for a specific reason (such as illness or disability) to mail in an absentee ballot. In 27 states you do not have to give a reason to vote by mail-in absentee ballot.

  • Permanent absentee voting

In some states, voters can be put on a permanent absentee voter list. Voters will receive absentee ballots for all future elections.

  • Vote by mail

Three states, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, hold their elections via mail – no polling places. Voters must return ballots via mail by Election Day.

Who votes early?

According to Michael McDonald, associate professor of political science at the University of Florida and founder of the Elections Project, early voting could account for up to 34 percent of the vote in the 2016 election.

"Early votes will give us a good contour of who's enthused to show up to vote," McDonald told National Public Radio

"Early voters are people who have already made up their minds," McDonald said. "Clinton and Trump supporters will vote right now, and it won't matter what happens until Election Day. They're well educated and dedicated."

Below, courtesy of The Associated Press, is a primer on registering to vote.

In the U.S., states have wide discretion when it comes to crafting election laws. The result has been a patchwork of rules that can often be confusing to voters. Questions and answers about various election laws and how they affect voters:

When is the deadline to register to vote?

Voter registration deadlines vary by state, ranging from 30 days before an election to Election Day. If you live in one of the 12 states that offer same-day voter registration, you can show up on Election Day and register and vote at the same time. In Maryland and North Carolina, same-day registration is allowed only during the early voting period and not on Election Day.

Can I register to vote online?

Yes, if you live in one of the 32 states or the District of Columbia that allow it. In most cases, the information provided in the online form is matched against a state's database of those who have a driver's license or other state-issued identification card.

Do I need to show a photo ID  when I vote?

Laws that either request or require voters to show some form of identification are in effect in 32 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Of those, half require photo identification, while the other half will accept non-photo identification such as a bank statement or utility bill with a voter's name and address on it.

What happens if I don’t have a  photo ID or forget it on Election Day?

This depends largely on where you live. If you live in one of seven states with a "strict" photo ID law, you probably will be directed to fill out a provisional ballot. If you live in one of the nine states with a "non-strict" photo ID, some voters can cast a ballot that will be counted without any additional action needed.

Are there any exceptions?

Yes, in some states. Eight make allowances for people who have religious objections to being photographed, and two have provisions for the poor.

What if I have a problem voting on Election Day? 

If you experience any voting-related problem, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission encourages you to contact your state or local election office for information on how to file a complaint. You also can register a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice at 800-253-3931 or voting.section@usdoj.gov.

Various groups also offer assistance, including the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, which can provide specific information on voting procedures and how to make sure your vote is counted. The group can be reached at 866-OUR-VOTE or online here.

Registration and other voter information for each state can be found here.

To check your state’s  early voting deadline, and which voting options you have, click here.

Shocking video shows parent punching 7-year-old in school hallway

Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 3:53 AM
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 3:48 AM
By: Melissa Gotleib

            Shocking video shows parent punching 7-year-old in school hallway
School hallway (Manuel Sulzer / Cultura)

It was all caught on camera.

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Security cameras at KIPP DC Spring Academy in Washington, D.C., captured the moment that a parent apparently punched a student in the hallway, WJLA reported. Now police are investigating the incident.

John Mclean, 7, says he was punched in the stomach. Video shows the parent leaving the building after punching John and looking back at him for a few seconds. John can been seen holding his stomach while bent over on ground, obviously in pain.

“It made my stomach real painful,” John told WJLA.

Lena Mclean, John’s mother, wants answers for what happened to her son. She told the station that she and the parent have had interactions before, and she doesn’t know why he would want to harm John.

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“You don’t bully a child. You didn’t torment a child. I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t do that to none of your kids,” Lena Mclean told WJLA. “I’ll feel much better when he is locked up.”

A police report has been filed, but the parent involved has yet to be arrested, something Lena wants to happen.

The school sent parents a letter about the incident that said, “The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff remains our number one priority, and we will continue to work closely with the police to ensure that students and staff are safe at school.”

Lena Mclean requested the video from the school.

Man shoots at Shelby Co. deputy, in custody after pursuit, manhunt

Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 4:21 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 4:20 a.m.

A Shelby County deputy and man exchanged shots during a traffic stop, leading to a high-speed pursuit and manhunt late Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Deputies said a traffic stop was initiated on a man who had active arrest warrants out of West Virginia Monday night.

Deputies reported the man was calm at first, but took out a gun and fired at the deputy. The deputy returned fired with three rounds, but neither the deputy nor the suspect was hit.

Deputies engaged in a high-speed pursuit along parts of Ohio 29 where speeds reached over 100 mph.

The pursuit ended with when a police K9 cruiser rammed the suspect vehicle off the road. Earlier, Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The suspect fled after the crash into a wooded area, leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a search.

Around 3:05 a.m., after a nearly four-hour search, the man was located in a trailer park, and was taken into custody without incident.

Additional details will be released later.

UPDATE @ 3:25 a.m.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirm the man who fled after a high-speed pursuit is in custody.

Scanner traffic indicates the man was taken into custody after a nearly four-hour search, at a mobile home park near Ohio 29 around 3:05 a.m.

Additional details were not yet available.

UPDATE @ 1:15 a.m.

An active search is underway along Ohio 29 in Shelby County for a man who fled after a high-speed pursuit.

A helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol is on the way to the area to help search in a wooded area where the suspect was last seen.

Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said one deputy suffered minor injuries after the suspect vehicle slammed into their cruiser. It was not clear if the deputy was transported to an area hospital or was treated at the scene.

Shots were fired between the suspect vehicle and a law enforcement officer prior to the pursuit, according to initial reports.

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.

The passenger of the vehicle, a woman, is reported in custody, while the driver, a man, is still on the run following a high-speed pursuit in Shelby County.

Initial reports indicate shots were exchanged between a law enforcement officer and the suspect vehicle during a traffic stop in Sidney.

Police scanner traffic indicates a helicopter has been requested to help deputies, officers, and troopers search in a wooded area where the suspect is believed to be hiding.

We’ll update this page as new details become available.


Shots have been exchanged between deputies and at least one suspect during a high-speed pursuit in Shelby County.

According to scanner traffic, Shelby County deputies and an officer from Sidney police were involved in a high-speed pursuit along Ohio 29 outside the city.

Initial reports indicate the suspect vehicle crashed into a deputy’s cruiser near the intersection of Ohio 29 and Jackson Road. Medics were dispatched to check on the deputy, but the severity of his injuries was not immediately known.

Reports also indicate one suspect bailed out of the vehicle and was spotted near a wooded area. It was not clear if there was still an active search for the suspect, but one person was reported in custody at 11:40 p.m.

We have a crew heading to the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available.

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Mom of conjoined twins holds son alone for first time after separation surgery

Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 3:14 AM
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 @ 3:00 AM
By: HotTopics.tv

            Mom of conjoined twins holds son alone for first time after separation surgery
Via Nicole McDonald / Facebook

Until this weekend, mom Nicole McDonald had never held her twin boys in the 13 months since their arrival. On Friday, she was finally able to hold her son, Jadon, following his separation from his brother, Anias.

"For over 13 months, I've dreamed of this moment... I wrapped my arms around him and rocked. One of the most profound moments of my life." #JadonAndAnias
Posted by CNN on Monday, October 24, 2016

Jadon and Anias were born conjoined at the tops of their heads. Because of their condition, Nicole was never able to hold her sons.

>> Surgeons separate conjoined twins; family reunited after surgery

On Friday, she finally got that chance.

>> Boy opens eyes for first time since separated from twin brother

“For over 13 months, I’ve dreamed of this moment,” Nicole wrote on Facebook, according to CNN. “I looked down at Jadon’s angelic face and saw him in a way I’d never seen him before. He whimpered for almost the whole two hours I held him because he had just been extubated, had the area under his scalp washed out and had been weaned from the good pain meds.”

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Before the surgery, if Nicole wanted to comfort Jadon, she would have to wrap her body around him in his hospital bed. Now, she can hold him in her arms.

Nicole’s husband, Christian McDonald, wasn’t at the hospital at the time, but says he’s glad Nicole got the moment she had been dreaming of with Jadon.

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She hasn’t been able to hold Anias yet, because his recovery process has been taking a bit longer, as doctors predicted.

Both boys are recovering well. Two weeks ago, they underwent a risky, 27-hour separation surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. A GoFundMe page has raised more than $280,000 to help cover the family’s medical costs. If you would like to donate, click here.

Posted by Nicole McDonald on Monday, October 17, 2016