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Texting Ban Gets Support from Okla. Officials
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Health and public safety officials are rallying behind a bill that would outlaw texting while driving in Oklahoma.
A group that includes the mother of a woman killed in a car crash while using a cell phone plans to lobby in favor of the bill by Democratic Rep. Curtis McDaniel of Smithville.
The bill passed last week by the House Transportation Committee would make it illegal for anyone to "compose, send, or read a text-based communication while the motor vehicle is in motion. If approved by the House Calendar Committee, the bill will next head to the full House for a vote, although similar measures have faced resistance in the Senate.
The bill would impose a fine of up to $500 for violations.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27 2013, 10:44 AM CST
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Tennessee sends search and rescue team to Oklahoma
May 21, 2013 16:19 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee-based team of emergency service workers has gone to Oklahoma to help with tornado recovery.
Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said that Tennessee Task Force 1 left early Tuesday from Memphis.
Cooke says the 80-member team will mostly help with search and rescue efforts after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck cities in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday. Emergency crews are digging through the rubble of destroyed structures to find trapped people.
The team is bringing search dogs and semi-trailers loaded with equipment to help dig through collapsed structures and perform other duties. Cooke says the team consists of emergency personnel from around Tennessee.
The task force was one of several teams that deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy last October.
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BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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IN THE NEWS: iPHONE RECOVERED AFTER THEFT IN OREGON
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A smartphone, plus a not-so-smart criminal -- equals an arrest in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.