Oklahoma follows feds and raises terror alert level

Wednesday, May 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Governor Brad Henry has raised Oklahoma's terror alert level to orange, in line with the national alert level.

An orange terror alert means a ``high'' risk of attacks. The state and nation were previously at yellow, meaning an ``elevated'' risk.

In response to the heightened alert, the state is beefing up security.

Visitors at the Capitol were required to show photo identification and submit to baggage searches yesterday, while additional security officers patrolled other public buildings.

State Director of Homeland Security Bob Ricks says security will be more visible at state and local government buildings.

Henry and Ricks say no specific threats have been identified in the state, but citizens should remain observant and report suspicious activity.

The terror threat level was raised after last week's bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco raised concern that terrorism could spread to the United States.