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Repair Begins on Historic School Building after Earthquake
St. Gregory's University in Shawnee is breaking ground on what it is calling it's Centennial Restoration Project. Benedictine Hall, which is listed on the national registry of historic places, was badly damaged during the November 2011 earthquake. All of the buildings turrets either fell or had to be knocked down. In the wake of the quake, faculty member Becky Beauchamp says they've gotten about 2.8 million dollars in donations from alumni and friends of the school. "It's been amazing," Beauchamp said. The school is giving pieces of brick to donors who want a piece of the school,"We made 500 of these and we will likely have to make more," Beauchamp added. They are now using that money to refurbish the building back to it's original design in 1915. Beauchamp says they will also make some energy efficient changes.
Benedictine Hall will turn 100 years old in 2 years, and hopefully before than the building will see restoration complete.
For students like Rebecca Bodeman, who hopes to see the repair done before she graduates in May, the earthquake experience at the school was one of faith. She says as the only Catholic university in Oklahoma, the earthquake shook the building, but didn't break it's foundation. "It's important to remember that things can change and the building can fall down, but the foundation is still the same." Bodeman said.
Fox 25 News
Posted: Tuesday, January 29 2013, 09:57 AM CST
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Okla. court upholds life sentence in uncle's death
May 17, 2013 21:34 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a 38-year-old man who was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting his uncle to death.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Patrick Shane Yargee. A jury in Tulsa County found Yargee guilty in the 2010 shooting death of 48-year-old David Willie Harjo.
Authorities alleged that Yargee shot Harjo eight times in a residence in northern Tulsa. Reports filed in the case indicate that the two men had an argument involving a woman before the shooting.
The five-judge court unanimously rejected Yargee's claims that he was denied a fair trial.
Yargee's defense attorney, Stuart Southerland of the Tulsa County Public Defender's Office, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
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