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Police searching for missing 84-year-old woman

NORMAN, Okla. – Police in Norman are searching for an 84-year-old woman who has not been seen since midnight.

Authorities say 84-year-old Carol Carey was last seen in Ardmore around midnight.

She was wearing a leopard print top and tan pants.

Also, she wears glasses.

Authorities say she is on medication that she does not have with her.

Carey drives a white 2002 Buick LeSabre with Oklahoma license plate ’190DKH.’

If you have any information on her whereabouts, call police.

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RedHawks to honor Moore teacher who shielded students during tornado at home opener

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City RedHawks will have a special guest Friday night when they play their first home game of the season.

Plaza Towers teacher Karen Marinelli will be honored in the team’s “Home Run For Life” series.

The series recognizes people in the community who have overcome a significant medical event in their life.

Marinelli suffered significant injuries to her lower body, shielding three first-grade students from the May 20 tornado.

On Friday, the RedHawks will honor her and the three children she protected.

The season opener is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

 

Metro fire departments investigating after residents report smoke

OKLAHOMA CITY – Residents throughout the metro have been reporting the smell of smoke.

However, fire crews say they do not know where it is coming from.

Throughout the night, NewsChannel 4 received several reports from people thinking a grassfire was nearby.

The reports came from Moore, Midwest City and northwest Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department spent the night investigating.

So far, there is no clear answer as to what’s causing the smell or the haze.

Fire departments across the metro say there are no fires burning in the Oklahoma City area right now.

How to keep your pets away from spring time harm

OKLAHOMA – Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.

Warmer weather and longer days bring more adventures and greater dangers for curious pets and unknowing pet owners.

As pet owners enjoy the great outdoors with their pets it is important to keep in mind that more time spent outdoors presents a multitude of risks to our pets and ourselves.

Steve Dale, pet advocate and pet expert will discuss springtime hazards, what to avoid outdoors and how to protect your pet and your home from parasites. In addition, Steve will share pet symptoms to be aware of for infections and allergies. Dale’s outdoor hazards include:

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Retailing giant pushes for organic foods

Wal-Mart is hoping to take a big bite out of the organic foods market.

The retailing giant already sells 1,600 organic products, but the company today is announcing a new line of goods is coming.

It’s teaming up with organic foods company “Wild Oats” to offer organic products on its shelves.

“We’re removing the premium associated with organic groceries,” Jack Sinclair, the U.S. division’s executive vice president of grocery, said during a call with reporters. “That’s a really important step in the industry.”

The joint venture will start with 100 packaged goods products.

It may later expand into other categories, such as meat.

The products will be sold at the same place as non-organic brands — and 25% less than organic national brands currently sold at Wal-Mart.

Fallin seeks aid to stop local shops from going out of business because of bridge closure

LEXINGTON, Okla. – There is good news for two Oklahoma towns impacted by a bridge that is closed between them.

Gov. Mary Fallin is now asking the federal government for aid to help businesses in Lexington and Purcell, who are losing money because of the closure.

Fallin is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to make an economic injury declaration.

Click here for more information on the bridge.

That declaration would allow business owners in McClain and Cleveland counties to apply for federally subsidized loans.

The bridge between Lexington and Purcell has been shut down to all traffic since Jan. 1, forcing drivers to take a 45 minute, one way trip between the communities.

Fallin says several businesses in Lexington are reporting up to a 50 percent decline in sales as a result of the shutdown.

Are the kids hungry? McDonald’s offering free breakfast for Oklahoma students today

OKLAHOMA CITY – If you are trying to get out the door and get the kids fed before school, a popular fast-food restaurant is helping.

McDonald’s announced that it is giving away free breakfast sandwiches to students in the third through eighth grade.

The free offer is on Thursday, April 10 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for those kids getting ready to take standardized tests.

Students will be able to choose from an Egg McMuffin or a Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait with a milk, Minute Maid orange juice or apple juice.

A bag of apple slices is also included.

Officials say students must be present to receive the free offer.