5 Things to Know: Storms in Claremore, possible trooper furlough

Storms tear through Claremore, take down power

Heavy winds and rain swept through Claremore in what the FOX23 Severe Weather Team says may have been a microburst. FOX23 has reporters throughout Claremore checking out the damage and monitoring the efforts to get back to normal after weather-related problems at a local hospital. Click HERE for more.

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Hospital normalizing after damage in Claremore

The severe weather that ripped through Claremore over Thursday night caused big problems for the Hillcrest Hospital in the area. Some patients were moved and ER operations diverted to a Tulsa hospital. FOX23 remains at the hospital checking out the efforts to resume normal operations at the hospital HERE.

 State officials consider furloughing Oklahoma state troopers

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety confirmed that they are considering furloughing state troopers and DPS employees due to budget cuts. 23 furlough days could possibly impact troopers and other DPS employees. DPS commissioner Michael Thompson submitted a budget supplement plan that could keep the present- and currently reduced- staffing levels and operations. Click HERE for a detailed breakdown.

Humorous petition gains serious attention in Kevin Durant exit

FOX23 reported Thursday morning that a petition popped up calling for name changes in Durant, Okla. The petition originator hoped others would agree that the city's name was too painful after the defection of Kevin Durant from the OKC Thunder to the Golden State Warriors. Click HERE to check out the petition and the ground it is gaining on FOX23.

2 nuns found slain in Mississippi home

Law enforcement investigators in Mississippi are trying to find out who killed two nuns inside their home outside of Jackson and why. Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee said Thursday that an officer found Paula Merrill and Margaret Held after they failed to show up for work. FOLLOW the investigation on FOX23 HERE.