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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Multiple rounds of severe weather are in the forecast for much of Oklahoma today through the weekend. The Storm Prediction Center says Oklahoma is at a slight risk this evening and tonight for severe weather with large hail the primary threat. Forecasters say damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are also possible with the storms today. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11:00 tonight for western Oklahoma. Later on, a "significant multi-day severe event" is expected over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, storms are expected to develop east of a dryline and warm front in northern and western Oklahoma. The National Weather Service says on Saturday the area most at risk for severe weather extends from Woodward to Enid to Ponca City and south to Altus. On Sunday, severe storms are again possible.

     

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    CC)--Local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the expansion of a housing development in northern Enid. Chisholm Creek Village, located near the North Van Buren overpass and exchange, already has a number of homes built. Developer David Ritchie told the Enid News and Eagle he plans on adding 31 more. If the housing market holds, he plans on building 15 homes each year. The development began almost 20 years ago, but Ritchie said the time is right for expansion. Economic Development officials agree. Enid Regional Development Alliance Executive Director Brent Kisling said a recently completed study determined that in the next six months, the city of Enid would be adding 785 new jobs. And over the next two years, it is projected to add 1,687 jobs.

     

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    EQ)--There was another earthquake north of Kremlin Tuesday, about a mile and a half north of town just east of the railroad tracks. That puts the epicenter approximately 12 miles north-northeast of Enid. USGS officials said the temblor occurred just after 4:00 and measured 2.7 on the Richter scale.

     

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    WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say no injuries have been reported after a large fire broke out today at an industrial facility in Woodward. Our partners KWTV News 9 reports three workers were on site at Basic Sediments and Waste Solutions when several tanks exploded early today. Authorities say all three workers escaped without injury. Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer said it appears a mechanical device malfunctioned and started the fire. Authorities said the fire was contained and crews allowed the blaze to burn itself out.

     

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    SE)--Enrollment will be Thursday and Friday for Enid Public Schools’ 4-year-old program for the 2014-15 school year. EPS offers full-day and intergenerational classes. Enrollment for full-day intergenerational 4-year-old programs at The Commons and Greenbrier Village will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at those locations. Enrollment for the 4-year-old programs at all 11 elementary schools, as well as the expanded program at Carver Center that will launch in the fall, will be 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Students should enroll at their home elementary schools. For information, call (580) 366-7000.

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A four-term Republican state representative from Guthrie is challenging House Speaker Jeff Hickman in the race to become the next speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Rep. Jason Murphey confirmed Tuesday he was the only candidate to challenge Hickman, a Republican from Fairview. The 72-member House Republican caucus will meet behind closed doors on May 5 to select the speaker-designate who will lead the caucus for the next two years. Hickman won an election earlier this year against Enid Rep. Mike Jackson to become speaker after former Speaker T.W. Shannon stepped down to focus on his campaign for U.S. Senate. Murphey was a Jackson loyalist who was replaced by Hickman as chairman of a House committee after Hickman's election.

     

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some conservative politicians and activists are planning to protest U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's speech to a group of graduating Oklahoma City Police Department cadets. Holder is scheduled to address the class of 42 police recruits during their swearing-in ceremony Thursday afternoon at First Church in downtown Oklahoma City. The 35 men and seven women were among 52 recruits who started the 30-week physical and academic training academy. But Holder's visit is raising concern among activists and lawmakers in Oklahoma, including Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford, a candidate for U.S. Senate. Lankford said in a statement Holder's visit was inappropriate given what he called Holder's "tactics of obfuscation and redirection of blame." Lankford serves on the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is investigating Holder's office.

     

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    AD)--This year the City of Enid Arbor Day Celebration will take place on Friday at the Skate Park on W. State Ave. The Enid Tree Board will be planting a Canada Red Choke Cherry tree with the assistance of Mayor Bill Shewey and children from Vance Air Force Base. There will be a “Name the Tree” contest and free ice cream floats. Tree planting guides and Arbor Day Celebration t-shirts will be on sale for a small donation of $5 to $15.  The event is free to the public.

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    CC)--Nobodies of Comedy, a touring talent showcase of young comedians, will be at Convention Hall Grand Ballroom at 8:00 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are$50, with a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available. The ticket includes a gourmet dinner and cash bar. VIP patrons will be right on the stage.

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    EB)--Keep Enid Beautiful is encouraging people of all ages to volunteer for the 2014 Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) in Oklahoma sponsored by Devon Energy and coordinated by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB). In the nation’s largest grassroots community improvement program, Keep Enid Beautiful volunteers will clean up litter and debris around Enid’s historic downtown square on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 am to Noon. Volunteers are asked to check in at the Courthouse gazebo, where they will be given free trash bags to use during the morning.

     

    “This is an opportunity for our community to gather together and take pride in Enid,” said Keep Enid Beautiful chairman Suzy Meibergen. “We are seeking volunteers to dedicate that Saturday morning to keeping Enid beautiful.” How can you get involved? Like the Keep Enid Beautiful page on Facebook to keep informed on upcoming events.

     

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    SF)--The Enid Public School Foundation will host their annual fundraiser, The ‘E’vent, on April 28 at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to hear great music from students throughout the district. Tickets are $5 and children under 5 are free. A box dinner will be served with admittance. Bring chairs or blankets & enjoy! Save the date!

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    SC)--Leonardo’s Children’s Museum has opened enrollment for its summer camp sessions, which begins June 2 and consists of eight weeks of art and science hands-on learning for ages 4-12. The 2014 theme is Awesome Adventures. Science weeks include space, June 2-6, and archeology, July 7-11. Six weeks of art, June 9-27 and July 14-Aug. 1, will have campers exploring art, culture and food of the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. Camp will not be held the week of June 30 through July 4.

    Discounts are available for Leonardo’s members, early enrollment and families enrolling two or more students. The enrollment fee includes breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks and all supplies. Scholarships also are available on a first-come, first-served basis with demonstrated need. A 20 percent early enrollment discount is offered for tuition paid in full during April and 10 percent discount is available for payments in May. Families enrolling campers for all eight weeks receive a 25 percent discount.

    Students ages 13-15 also are invited to apply to be apprentices, or junior volunteers, to assist with
    Camp Leonardo’s. Apprentice applications will be accepted through May 1. For information about Camp Leonardo’s or upcoming events, go to the Leonardo’s website at www.leonardos.org or call (580 233-2787. Leo’s Summer Camp is made possible in part by a grant from Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts and local sponsors Messer-Bowers Insurance, city of Enid and Park Avenue Thrift.

     

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    CS)--Rodeo and MMA are coming to Enid this in May.

    The 2014 Extreme Rodeo Challenge, presented by Global Spectrum and Wild West Rodeo, comes to Enid Event Center May 2-3. The Challenge includes bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, free style bullfighting and bull riding. Tickets start at $10.

    Battle Ground MMA will be at Enid Event Center May 17. Tickets are $37, $47, $62 and $77. A limited number of $50 passes for a meet-and-greet with food and drinks are available. The meet and greet event will be during Convention Hall pre-fights and can be purchased at any price level. 14 pro and amateur matches will feature fighters from Enid and the surrounding area, including Enid native and professional fighter Dylan Smith in the main event. Tickets for any of the events can be purchased by calling 855.TIX.ENID, at EnidEventCenter.com or at administration offices of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall, located on the second floor of Convention Hall.

     

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    GP)--T&A Productions and the Growing Hope Network will be hosting this year's 2nd Chance Dance - Enid's Grown Up Prom on Saturday, May 17 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm in the Nick Benson Memorial Ballroom of Convention Hall. This year's theme is Masquerade for a Cause and proceeds from the event will go to Growing Hope Network for their arts scholarships for underprivileged children as well as to their community reintegration and family focused programs. Tickets are $30 for individuals or $50 for couples. There will be a silent auction, a Prom King and Queen crowning, a cash bar and hors d'oeurves. The band the Unusual Suspects will be providing the entertainment for the evening. Attire is cocktail or formal evening attire and masks are encouraged.  Masks will also be available for purchase at the event. In conjunction with this year's prom there will be a "Promposal" contest.  The cost is $5 to enter and entrants must submit a video of their most creative or funniest invitation to the prom.  Winners will receive a one night stay at an Enid bed & breakfast. For tickets or more in formation go to www.grownupprom.com.

     

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    SD)--Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries will be June 13 at Enid Event Center. Tickets are on sale now at EnidEventCenter.com or by calling (855) TIX-ENID. Ticket prices range from $19-$65, with group discounts available. The performance will be noon Friday, June 13. For information about Scooby-Doo Live Musical Mysteries, go to www.scoobydoolive.com.

     

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    GT)--Participants at this year’s United Way Golf Tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center have a chance to win great prizes, show off their skill, have fun and support programs that make a difference in our community. A new component to the tournament this year is the opportunity to contribute to the Ronna Richards Memorial Fund, with proceeds benefiting women’s health initiatives.  Participants can donate during the registration process and at a special event the day of the tournament. 

     

    The Annual United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma golf tournament, sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center is in its 27th year.  Bob and Sherry Adamson are serving as the 2014 co-chairs for the event, with dinner being provided by Raymie’s. The tournament raises approximately $14,000 each year for United Way’s 16 member agencies. 

     

    The tournament will take place June 13 at Meadowlake Golf Course.  Entry for a team of 4 is only $380--which includes a company sign on the golf course and the company’s name listed in the brochure. Individuals may play for $75 each.  Space is limited to the first 100 players.  Anyone wanting to participate should contact United Way at 237-0821.

     

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