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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.

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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.

Local university to honor OKC bombing anniversary with flags

EDMOND, Okla. – Oklahomans are gathering together to mark the 19th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.

At 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18, student and staff volunteers will post 168 Oklahoma flags and 168 U.S. flags on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Christian University (OC) campus at 2501 East Memorial Road.

The “Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags” at Oklahoma Christian is a dual tribute to the victims of the Murrah Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995, and the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

The hope is that each person who sees the memorial tribute will take a moment to remember the 168 lives lost on that dreadful day.

 

 

 

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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.

UPDATE: Popular bridge growing nearer to completion

PURCELL-LEXINGTON, Okla. – For months residents have been waiting for answers on when a popular bridge that connects two towns would finally be open.

Today the Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced repairs on the Purcell-Lexington bridge are growing nearer to completion.

The bridge closure has hurt businesses and even prompted Governor Mary Fallin to ask the federal government for aid to help those businesses.

Some businesses reported up to a 50% decline in sales as a result of the shutdown.

The deadline for completion of the project is June 14.

According to reports, the contractor overseeing the project will receive an incentive of $1,500 for every hour early the repairs are completed.

So far, the contractor appears to be ahead of schedule.

MORE: Click here for more information on the bridge

More prison time for former pharmacist convicted of murder

CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. – Two more years have been added on to the life sentence currently being served by former pharmacist Jerome Ersland.

Prison guards accused Ersland of having contraband in jail.

Prosecutors say he got the drugs from his own son.

All the while, Jerome Ersland is in the midst of appealing his controversial murder case in which a jury found him guilty of using excessive force to stop a teenager from robbing the Oklahoma City pharmacy where he worked.

He shot the teenager several times after the teen was down.

To add to that, his son Jeff Ersland is accused of showing up for a prison visit with Fentanyl patches in doses that are stronger than Morphine.

“I’m really sorry. I’d rather not discuss it right now. Thank you guys for coming out, though,” Jeff Ersland told News Channel Four when crews asked him about the accusations.