News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would force more Oklahoma school districts to return to five-day school weeks has been given final legislative approval and is heading to the governor's desk. A top priority of Senate Republicans this year, the bill passed the House Wednesday on a 63-32 vote. According to the state Department of Education, 92 of Oklahoma's more than 500 school districts currently are operating on four-day school weeks.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill that overhauls Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, including increasing the benefits paid to injured workers. The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday for the bill that resulted from months of negotiations among lawmakers, attorneys, injured workers and business leaders. The bill now heads to Gov. Kevin Stitt, who is expected to sign it.
HUNTER, Okla. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine what caused a turbine on an Oklahoma wind farm to buckle and collapse midway up the tower. The Enid News & Eagle reports nobody was hurt in Tuesday's accident near Hunter. No cause has been announced, but Enel Green Power North America is investigating why its turbine, made by GE, failed at the Chisholm View II project. The National Weather Service reports strong winds gusting to near 40 mph swept the area from late Monday morning through Tuesday evening.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A tornado warning has been issued for the city of Joplin, Missouri, eight years to the day since a massive tornado devastated the city and killed 161 people. The National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri, said the warning continues until 8:45 p.m. CDT for the cities of Joplin, Webb City and Carl Junction.
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