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Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Risk Increasing

The Spring severe weather season has been off to a slow start with the safest start to tornado season in 100 years.

Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported and the overall risk from tornadoes has been confined to isolated areas or brief spinups.

The weather pattern over the weekend will take on a more classic spring pattern that favors severe weather and rotating thunderstorms as well as tornadoes.

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Choctaw Nation Chief Announces Retirement

The chief of the Choctaw Nation has announced his retirement effective April 28, 2014.

Chief Gregory E. Pyle is celebrating his 65th birthday this week, and after serving as the chief of the Choctaw Nation for more than 30 years, he is retiring, according to a post on the Facebook page of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Pyle led a growth of tribal services, health services, increased jobs, economic development and more, according to the post.

In the future, Pyle and his wife Pat reportedly plan to travel and spend more time with family.

Oklahoma State Testing Suspended In Schools Due To Computer Glitch

State Mandatory testing was suspended today (April 21) in Oklahoma in all Oklahoma public schools due to a computer glitch.

The issues are on a state level after problems were discovered with servers at  CTB/McGraw-Hill, the testing vendor, according to a report from KOTV.

Thousands of assessment tests were disrupted by the computer glitch, and the vendor for the testing site is trying to find the cause of the problem, according to KOTV.

Firefighters Contain Flames At Sequoyah County Residential Fire

Firefighters in Sequoyah County battled flames at a residential fire today.

A two-story house caught fire on East 1140 Road south of Muldrow on Monday (April 21).

It took approximately one hour to contain the fire, and the house was considered a “total loss.” However, there were a few items that were salvaged. A pickup truck was also burned in the fire.

There were no injuries in the fire. The owners were in Fort Smith at the time.

The fire marshal was called out to investigate, and a cause is not determined at this time.

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Arrest Warrant: Teen Moved ATV Crash Victim, Destroyed Evidence

Police are searching for a teen accused of destroying evidence in a Sequoyah County, Okla., all-terrain vehicle accident case that left another teen severely injured.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Kyle Brannon, who is facing charges of destroying evidence and obstruction in an ATV accident that put Christian Mayberry, 16, in a hospital bed.

Arrest Made In Sequoyah County ATV Accident Case

An arrest has been made in an ATV accident case from last year that left a Sequoyah County teenager severely injured.

Authorities have arrested Kyle Brannon, who is now facing charges of destroying evidence and obstruction in the accident case, according to official documents.

Christian Mayberry, 16, the subject of the accident, was reported to be in serious condition after his crash. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officers said he was not wearing a helmet at the time.

National Parks To Offer Free Admission On April 19 And 20

Anyone who has been looking to visit a national park can do so this weekend. . . for free.

National Park Week is April 19-27 this year, and on opening weekend (April 19 and 20), admission into all national parks is free, according to the National Park Service website.