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November 6, 2013

City, state and county briefs

NORMAN — Legacy Park signal coming online

Norman Traffic Control Division will activate the new traffic signal at the 24th Avenue Northwest intersection with Legacy Park Drive on Nov. 14, weather permitting.

After 9 a.m., all movements through the intersection will be controlled by the new signal. The intersection will serve development on the east side of 24th Avenue Northwest as well as Legacy Park, which is under construction on the west side of 24th Avenue.

Major portions of the development along the east side of 24th Avenue are nearing completion, making the activation of the traffic signal necessary.

Higher ed governance studied

Oklahoma Speaker T.W. Shannon conducted a study this week on higher education’s governance structure and student success.

Officials from Oklahoma’s public universities testified regarding student success, board structure, administrative costs, general academic goals and education affordability.

· Findings: Strong boards coupled with strong presidents equal strong institutions. Rich Novak of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges said it would benefit Oklahoma’s higher education institutions if board members were selected based on merit. He said nominees should be evaluated through a vetting process.

 

Tornado summit planned

Insurance industry professionals, emergency managers, policymakers and weather experts are invited to the third annual National Tornado Summit on Feb. 10-11 in Oklahoma City.

The summit will include dedicated tracks for insurance producers, insurance adjusters, emergency managers and meteorologists. A panel on lessons learned from violent tornadoes will include mayors from Tuscaloosa and Moore.

The summit also will include the National Severe Weather Workshop. Breakout sessions organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will address communication challenges during Oklahoma’s May tornadoes, storm safety in schools and possible improvements to the enhanced Fujita scale.

The summit includes a tour of the National Weather Center and the Storm Prediction Center.

Register at tornadosummit.org or call 604-0041.

— Transcript Staff

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