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New Petition Planned For Oklahoma School Shelters

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OKLAHOMA STORM SHELTER
FILE - In this May 23, 2013 file photo, debris is strewn about amid the wreckage Plaza Towers Elementary, where seven children were killed earlier in the week when a tornado hit Moore, Okla. For the second time since a tornado ravaged Moore, killing a total of 24 people, organizers plan to circulate an initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction of school storm shelters. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It's been a little more than a year since seven Oklahoma children were killed when massive tornado destroyed their school.

But their families and other advocates are no closer to the goal of building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school.

Organizers this week will begin circulating their second initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction after abandoning the first one because of significant changes made by the Oklahoma attorney general's office.

The new petition drive kicks off Wednesday at an event that the Rev. Jesse Jackson is scheduled to attend.

The community of Joplin, Missouri, moved quickly to build such shelters after the deadly May 2011 tornado. The federal government is paying 75 percent of the cost.

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