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A tagged Monarch butterfly on a flowering lantana plant at the Oklahoma City.
Stephanie Henson admires her colorful backyard garden in Edmond. Approaching a pink-and-white plant, she squeals and laughs and she spots some butterflies.
“Oh look, they’re itty-bitty,” she says. “Look at ’em!”
Henson doesn’t know much about gardening, but she’s doing what she can to attract butterflies, which is what conservation specialists and government officials are trying to encourage here in Oklahoma and across the country.
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Olivia and Carter Kempen playing on a splash pad in Edmond, Okla.
People who live in Oklahoma know the state’s weather is hard to predict. Erratic rain, heat and ice, and drought can also devastate government budgets. To combat this, researchers from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are using new software to help cities predict these economic strains.