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School Safety Task Force Meeting Planned
A task force on school safety here in Oklahoma is meeting Wednesday.
They are set to meet today at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, where a panel of law enforcement and security experts will be finalizing their recommendations for improving school security in Oklahoma.
After the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, school security has been on the minds and hearts of people here in the Sooner State. Today, panelists will discuss 39 draft proposals with the Oklahoma Commission on School Security. they will then include a list of final recommendations for legislative action that will be voted on, come March 5th.
Draft proposals include more mental health treatment for troubled students, mandatory training for school staff on bullying and emergency preparedness, and the creation of a school security institute that would coordinate and standardize school security procedures statewide.
The 22-member task force is headed by Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb.
Posted: Wednesday, February 27 2013, 06:52 AM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Obama pledges help after Oklahoma tornado
May 21, 2013 00:05 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has called Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to express his concern about a monstrous tornado that wreaked havoc in the Oklahoma City suburbs.
The White House says Obama told the governor that he's directed the government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide any assistance she needs. FEMA has sent a special team to Oklahoma's emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.
Obama also told Fallin to contact him directly if the federal government can provide additional help.
The White House says Obama's homeland security team is keeping him updated on the situation.
The tornado flattened entire neighborhoods in the southern suburb of Moore with winds up to 200 mph, leaving buildings on fire and landing a direct blow to an elementary school.
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