Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:08:29 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
A medical examiner's office spokeswoman said 24 deceased victims from the Moore, OK, tornado had been transported to their Oklahoma City office. Seven of the dead were children.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:54 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:54:16 GMT
Desmonte Leonard the man accused of murdering three people in Auburn last summer will have a status hearing on October 15th. At the last meeting both parties had expressed intentions to meet in AugustMore >>
Desmonte Leonard, the man accused of murdering three people in Auburn last summer still has no expectation on when he will go to trial.More >>
The Senate is debating cuts to the federally subsidized crop insurance program as it considers a massive farm bill this week.More >>
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:17 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:17:00 GMT
People affected by the massive tornado that killed at least 51 people and destroyed parts of Oklahoma still do not know where their loved ones are, but many of them are using social media to find out.More >>
People affected by the massive tornado that killed at least 51 people and destroyed parts of Oklahoma still do not know where their loved ones are, but many are using social media to find out.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
State refineries are reporting fewer accidents, but an environmental watch
dog group says pollution from those plants is up. While oil and gas leaders
dispute the figures, neighbors in Baton Rouge say they know the air is being
polluted because they're getting sick.
Leaks, spills and explosions at refineries around Louisiana are tracked by a
group called the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
"We're tracking their accidents," said Anna Hrybyk, Program
Manager with the Bucket Brigade. "So these are what they call upsets,
what's above and beyond what they're permitted to pollute."
Hrybyk says in 2011, the state's 17 plants reported 301 accidents. She says
98 of those came from Exxon Mobile, in Baton Rouge.
"Some of these were double counted or non-threatening releases, but
they have to be reported," said Chris John, President of Louisiana
Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.
Hrybyk says there are fewer accidents, but the level of pollution is
"I have to have a gas mask - five of them, to protect my family the
best that I know how from chemicals that these plants releasing," said
Shirley Bowman. Bowman and her neighbors live near Exxon Mobile. Bowman is convinced
the plant is releasing more fumes, because they are getting sick more often.
"Give you headaches. In fact yesterday I had an ambulance come out and
pick me up because I started feeling faint, dizzy and couldn't breathe,"
The Bucket Brigade says through a public records request they received a
copy of a spill report from the plant. According to the paperwork, in September
Exxon Mobile reported an oil spill that was, "inexceedance of the
reportable quantities for oil to soil, benzene, naphthalene and voc." All
of which Hrybyk says are causes of cancer.
"Whether it's from EPA, DEQ, we take each incident and go through with
fine tooth comb. What happened and why. Some are avoidable, some not,"
said John. He says they take each incident seriously.
John's also points out the reports and figures used by the Bucket Brigade
are often inflated, using data the industry does not agree with. He says when
there is an incident it is phoned in, that starts a report. From that report
stems other reports, all dealing with the same initial incident. Some of the
reports are double or triple counted, he says.
For Bowman, she awaits the day she no longer feels the need to keep this