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On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre staged a radio adaptation of the H. G. Wells sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds that fooled at least some Americans into believing that Martians really were invading the United States.

In order to make the adaptation of book to radio more interesting, the show was set up to seem like a normal music program that kept getting interrupted by increasingly alarming, official-sounding “news bulletins” that tracked the violent progress of a Martian invasion centered in New Jersey. Traditional accounts maintain that despite announcements that the show was fictional, vast numbers of Americans thought the broadcast was real. In fact, newspapers the next day carried tales of mass panic and hysteria as listeners allegedly fled their homes, and Orson Welles met with the press to express regret for the confusion.

Recent scholarship on the subject, however, tends to argue that the mass panic caused by the War of the Worlds broadcast was exaggerated by the newspapers of the time. Even according to the papers themselves, not everyone strictly believed the Martian story: those who only caught part of the broadcast or heard the news secondhand often merely believed that a disaster of some kind had struck the East Coast. And many people who had initially been fooled called their local newspaper or police station to verify the story and thus quickly learned that it was fiction. Still, many people were indeed at least initially frightened by the broadcast, and the hysteria reported in the newspapers did exist to some extent, though it was more likely on an individual rather than group level.3509 2091 1149 1124

War of the Worlds' Broadcast Creates Panic in the East

While the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast might not have been as panic-inducing as originally believed, a similar broadcast in Quito, Ecuador, in 1949 really did cause hysteria. A local version of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds program caused radio listeners to panic, and when the broadcast was revealed as fictional, their fear turned into an angry riot. The radio station was attacked, causing $350,000 ($3.5 million today) in damage and multiple deaths.

And those aren’t the only instances. Renditions of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast also fooled listeners—at least to some extent—in Chile in 1944 and in Buffalo, New York, in 1968.

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Tulsa- The State of Oklahoma has identified impaired driving as one of it's top traffic safety concerns. This is due to an average of 4,500 alcohol-related crashes and 220 alcohol-related fatalities annually. Officials are developing statewide goals that represent verifiable improvements with impaired driving and incorporate all facets of the impaired driving system.

As part of a statewide enforcement effort, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Catoosa PD and Rogers County SO will be operating a ENDUI special enforcement/Checkpoint patrol on Friday October 23rd from 10 PM until 3:00 AM at 193rd and Pine in Rogers County.

Also on Saturday October 24th from 10 PM until 3:00 AM, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tulsa Police, ABLE, Sand Springs PD, Bixby PD and Broken Arrow PD will be operating a ENDUI special enforcement/Checkpoint in Tulsa County.

HENRYETTA — A stretch of I-40 was shut down last week due to collision supposedly involving a Cape buffalo September 30.

The accident happened near Henryetta on I-40 eastbound about a half mile east of mile marker 240 involving two vehicles.

Troopers working the scene were Brian Costanza and Brian Warren and OHP Troop B - CO Hernon.

There was no confirmation on the actual type of animal, but was described as a Cape buffalo. Officers said it could have been another breed mistaken as such. There was no explanation of why the animal was on the highway.

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WALMART SHOPPERS CAN START SCRATCHING SEPTEMBER 16th

Beginning September 16th, the Oklahoma Lottery and Walmart will become partners in an effort to increase funds available for Oklahoma education programs through the sale of lottery tickets.

The retailer will start selling a full complement of Lottery games through new electronic lottery kiosks located at 32 Walmart Neighborhood Markets across the state, with all designated locations to be selling by October 15th.

The 32 Walmart Neighborhood Markets are located in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, as well as rural locations around the state.

Lottery Executive Director, Rollo Redburn, said “We are excited about this new partnership with Walmart and about the additional selling locations that will now be available to our players.”

Redburn continued, “This partnership, along with Powerball changes in October, should help us meet our mission to provide additional funds for Oklahoma education programs.”

About the Oklahoma Lottery

Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $693 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.

For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov

BEGGS, OK SEP 25 & 26, 2015 will host the 2nd Annual Heart of America PRCA Rodeo in Beggs, Ok. Many of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s top ranked performers have already placed the Heart of America PRCA Rodeo on their 2015 schedules. This rodeo will be one of the last qualifying rodeos for the cowboys and cowgirls hoping to gain 1 of the last 15 spots in each event taken back to NFR at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas for a once in a lifetime for many opportunity to win a World Champion gold buckle. This will be the second of an annual commitment by JK Rodeo Company to bring world class rodeo events to this area.  

For the last 40 years, JK Rodeo Company out of Pecos Texas has become famous for the quality of stock it provides for PRCA Rodeos including the NFR. The same amazing stock athletes who won San Antonio, Houston, San Angelo and Cheyenne, including Horse of the Year and many NFR performances will attract the top PRCA rodeo contestants to score high as possible on JK Rodeo Company stock, this year in Beggs.

Take a personal front row seat and watch PRCA Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in Beggs on their last run for a chance at a NFR payday in Las Vegas, December this year! This will be a rodeo that matters so don’t miss out. Watch as the PRCA National Community turns their attention to Beggs Oklahoma and highlights your community.

The PRCA Rodeo will be held at the Tulsa RV Ranch Arena with each night’s performance beginning at 7:00PM

Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the gate. Children six and under free with a paid adult admission. Pre sale tickets will GO ON SALE Monday Aug 10, 2015 at www.tulsarvranch.com <http://www.tulsarvranch.com>    Tickets will be available nightly at the gate. Full concessions will be available each night. 

Enjoy the great outdoors -- and plenty of action indoors, too -- during the 10th edition of the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo, unfolding Sept. 26-27 at the Lazy E Arena, just north of Oklahoma City.

Thousands of visitors are expected to turn out for all the fun at this free event conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation with the help of many great organizations, partners and volunteers.

The Expo takes a hands-on approach to educating visitors of all ages and all experience levels about Oklahoma's wildlife and natural resources and how to enjoy them. All the crowd favorites will be there, including kayaking on an indoor pond, shotgun and pellet gun target shooting, fishing in a stocked pond, archery in the woods, and making crafts such as birdhouses and baskets.

"This is the state's largest outdoor recreation event, and it draws thousands of people each year," said Rhonda Hurst, Wildlife Expo coordinator for the Wildlife Department.
Visitors are encouraged to plan to spend the entire day at the Expo, because there are so many things to see and do there. Youngsters will have a chance to ride mountain bikes, take a shot at bowfishing in the pond, check out some of Oklahoma's common sport fish in a giant glass tank, and much more.

There will be plenty of learning opportunities offered at dozens of booths inside and outside the arena. Visitors can speak with wildlife biologists and outdoorsmen experienced in fishing, hunting, game calling, wildlife and fisheries management, reptiles and amphibians, and more.

Seminars will include Starting a Fire Without Matches, Fish Cleaning and Jug Lining 101, among other topics. Various hands-on activities including Simulated Noodling, Wildlife Bling Make-N-Take and Fly Tying will capture the interest of the whole family!
Another favorite of Expo visitors is always the chance to sample some wild game cooking. And the best thing about all of this: It's free!

"In short, the Expo is a celebration of everything outdoors in the state of Oklahoma," Hurst said. "We want you to leave the Expo with a new appreciation for wildlife and the hobbies of hunting, fishing and wildlife watching."

The Wildlife Expo has its own website at wildlifedepartmentexpo.com. Log onto the site to find out the latest information, including how to get to the event, lists of activities and events, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Expo hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Admission and parking are free. Be sure to mark your calendar now and make plans to be a part of the fun at the 2015 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo!

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Visitors to the Oklahoma Wildlife Expo find plenty of fun, free, hands-on activities both outdoors and inside the Lazy E Arena, where a 200-foot indoor kayaking pond is the centerpiece. (Photo by Darrin Hill/ODWC)

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ONN Photo Journalist Paul Orosco was on the scene reporting on the large sinkhole that caused travel problems on the government owned Playa del Carmen highway during his travels earlier this week. This the major highway tourists and resort workers take to and from the Cancun.

The road problems happened early around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Traffic in both directions came to a complete stand still for hours. Alternate routes had to be used and many were through dirt and jungle roads.

Local state authorities think the cause may have been caused by "Cenote" a fresh water sink hole common I the region.

Thanks to Paul Orosco's friend Jonathan Hernandez Lopez for the photos.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 25, 2015) – Alan Evans of Oklahoma City just became Oklahoma’s first Poker Pick jackpot winner in the August 24th drawing.

Evans purchased his ticket at T & T Convenience Store in Oklahoma City. He matched 5 of 5 cards to win the jackpot. After taxes, Evans walked away with approximately $71,000.

Launched in 2014, Poker Pick is Oklahoma’s first ever combined instant / draw game where players can instantly win a prize, then win again in a nightly drawing. Poker Pick also offers the largest Oklahoma-only top prize of $100,000.

Each ticket displays 5 cards from a deck of 52. Players can win up to $10,000 instantly if the cards displayed on their ticket match one of the winning poker hands listed at the bottom of the ticket. If a player has a hand of “Jacks or Better” they win a prize. Players then have a chance to win up to $10,000 if the cards on their ticket match at least two of the cards drawn in the nightly drawing. A player that matches 5 of 5 cards will win the $100,000 prize. All Poker Pick tickets are Easy Pick (players cannot select their cards).

Tickets cost $2 each and drawings will be held nightly, much like Oklahoma’s other daily games Pick 3 and Cash 5. Tickets may be purchased until 8:59 pm nightly; drawings are held 7 days a week after 9 pm.

About the Oklahoma Lottery

Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $685 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.

For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit www.lottery.ok.gov

HENRYETTA, Okla. — To help provide encouraging and positive re-entry conditions for Muscogee (Creek) citizens transitioning back into the community, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program will build a transitional living center and administrative building in Henryetta.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at the site in Henryetta.

The facility will offer accommodations for up to 39 citizens for a time period of six months to a year.

A vocational technology learning center will also be on site to train citizens in skills such as driving commercial vehicles and welding.

Reintegration Program administrative offices will also be included in the center.

“This new facility will help our citizens transition back to the community and encourage them through accountability in a caring environment,” MCN Reintegration Program Project Coordinator Kevin Green said. “We hope to empower and help foster success with each of our clients and believe that this facility will not only strengthen their ties to the tribe, but strengthen the Nation as a whole.”

The transitional living center and administrative building was designed by Architect 1 and will be constructed by RedStone Construction. It is estimated to be completed in July 2016.

The Reintegration Program strives to protect the public by offering quality re-entry services to Muscogee (Creek) citizens and re-invest positive citizens back into the community. The program bases its services on the principals that every citizen, even ex-prisoners are an important part of the community and are capable of change.

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OKLAHOMA CITY –There is only one week left for Oklahomans who sustained damages from the May 5 through June 22 storms to apply for state and federal disaster assistance.

Residents and business owners in the 45 counties approved for Individual Assistance have until August 26 to seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The designated counties are Adair, Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Delaware, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa and Wagoner.

To date, more than $47.5 million has been provided to Oklahoma disaster survivors. This assistance includes $16.9 million in funding for disaster related housing needs and other disaster related expenses, more than $19.9 million in SBA loans, and more than $10.6 million in payments to policyholders with the National Flood Insurance Program.

SBA has issued 1,546 applications for low-interest disaster loans to homeowners and businesses. More than $18 million has been approved for homeowners and more than $1.8 million has been approved for business owners rebuilding after the storms.

There have been more than 10,720 total registrations for assistance. There are several ways to register for assistance. Call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

More information:

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against emergencies and disasters. The department delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through a network of more than 350 local emergency managers.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

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