Arkansas, Oklahoma still recovering from tornadoes

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — Eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas are recovering from a series of tornadoes that left a path of destruction in several areas last week.

The Southwest Times Record reports that state and local officials are still assessing various strategies to address the weather damage. An EF2 tornado that destroyed homes, boat docks and buildings in Oklahoma's Lake Tenkiller area was among several severe weather events in the two states on Nov. 30. An EF2 tornado barreled through Van Buren, Arkansas, that same day.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 12 counties. The governor's office says the executive order is in effect for 30 days.

Crawford County officials in the Van Buren area have announced plans to remove waste and debris.


Magnitude 3.3 earthquake shakes parts of central Oklahoma

HENNESSEY, Okla. (AP) — Parts of central Oklahoma have been shaken by an earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday about 2 miles (4 kilometers) east of Hennessey, 49 miles (79 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. Geologists say the earthquake was recorded at a depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers).

No injuries or damage are reported. Geologists say damage isn't likely in temblors below magnitude 4.0.

Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, with many linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. Earthquakes in Kansas, Texas and other states have also been linked to wastewater injection.

Oklahoma regulators have directed several producers in the state to close injection wells and reduce volumes in others.


Oklahoman charged with murder, arson in stepfather's death

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — A 32-year-old man faces murder, arson and other charges in connection with the death of his 60-year-old stepfather in northeastern Oklahoma.

Rogers County online court records show Kevin Foster of Bixby is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson, desecration of a corpse and other counts in the Nov. 15 death of Rick Swan of Claremore.

Swan's charred body was discovered in a burned travel trailer parked inside a barn. Swan was married to Foster's late mother, but the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation hasn't released a motive in his death.

Foster's being held in the Rogers County Jail without bond. Court records do not indicate that he is represented by an attorney who could speak on his behalf.


Winter storm watch issued for parts of Oklahoma, Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle as snow and freezing rain head toward the region.

The winter storm watch is in effect through Saturday night. In Oklahoma, forecasters say 2 to 4 inches of snow is possible along the Interstate 40 corridor. Some areas could see ice accumulations of about three-tenths of an inch, would could cause power outages and tree damage.

In Texas, forecasters say some parts of the Panhandle could see up to 6 inches of snow through Saturday.

The National Weather Service also predicts several inches of snow in northern Arkansas along with heavy rainfall in the southern part of the state during the weekend.