Residents being ferried away from east side of Lake Thunderbird by canoe.
OU Emergency Prep / Twitter

More Rain On Sunday As Flooding Is Widespread; Flood Warnings Still In Effect

Updated 1 p.m. Rain continues across central and western portions of the state. Radar at 12:56 PM shows persistent band of steady, occasionally heavy rain across central OK pic.twitter.com/mIAytXjRds — NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) May 24, 2015Updated 11:45 a.m. City of Oklahoma City officials offer call line to report homeowner damages. Residents whose homes were flooded by weekend rains are asked to report damage to 211 beginning at noon today. #okwx pic.twitter.com/c4lSn8y7R2 — City of OKC (...
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Flooding in Oklahoma City on 23rd Street
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Update 2:30 p.m.  Heartline and the Oklahoma Red Cross are offering assistance for people affected by the storms and flooding throughout Oklahoma.

Call HeartLine 2-1-1 for resource information like temporary shelters and agencies taking displaced pets. Heartline also has a web page with resource information. Residents of Oklahoma City can also call 2-1-1 to register the damage so officials can make damage assessments.

Below is an updated list of Red Cross shelters opened in Oklahoma for those affected by flooding.

Oklahoma City area:
Messiah Lutheran Church
3600 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City

Noble/Slaughterville/Purcell area:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
4401 Maguire Rd
Noble

Residents being ferried away from east side of Lake Thunderbird by canoe.
OU Emergency Prep / Twitter

Updated 1 p.m. Rain continues across central and western portions of the state.

A bill to restrict the public's access to police videos from dashboard and body cameras passed the Oklahoma state Senate and is headed to the governor's desk.

The Senate voted 44-2 on Thursday for the bill that adds dozens of new exemptions to the state's Open Records Act for law enforcement entities.

Under the bill, police and sheriffs will be allowed to withhold from the public videos that depict deaths or acts of violence, unless such acts were committed by a law enforcement officer.

KGOU Wins Awards!

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Some of the awards received by KGOU in the spring of 2015.
KGOU

May 24, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

The KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma Staff are very talented people, and once again, their work has been recognized.

This week – I'm congratulating the KGOU staff, and next week, StateImpact Oklahoma will get the applause.

Jim Johnson was the top winner in the Metro Radio Division of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters’ annual competition for a radio feature about independent music in Oklahoma.

Flooding on 2nd Street at Rankin in Edmond, Oklahoma
Edmond Police Department

Updated 9:45 p.m. Heavy rainfall continues to create flooding concerns across central Oklahoma.  

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports at least 15 road closures

National Weather Service meteorologist Harold Brooks confirms what forecasters had been predicting - today's deluge would surpass historic single-month rainfall record for Oklahoma City.

child reading
John Morgan / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill making it easier for Oklahoma third-graders to advance to fourth grade even if they can't demonstrate basic reading skills.

The House and Senate both voted Friday to approve a bill that extends the use of "reading teams" for the next three school years.

The teams that include a child's parent, teachers and reading specialist would be allowed to promote third-graders who score unsatisfactory marks on state-mandated reading tests.

What Budget Drama’s End May Mean For Key State Services

May 23, 2015
State Reps. Elise Hall (far right) and Katie Henke (center) applaud as the state House adjourns sine die Friday afternoon.
M. Scott Carter / Oklahoma Watch

The 55th session of the Oklahoma Legislature adjourned for the year late Friday afternoon, quietly ending four months’ worth of fighting over money, morals and museums.

For most of the session, a shadow hung over everything: a $611 million budget hole. 

Lawmakers chose to adjourn the session a week early, just days after they wrapped up work on the state’s $7.2 billion budget.

The budget cut funding to career and technology education, higher education and transportation. At the same time, more funds were steered to mental health services, public safety and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Even with budget hikes, however, key agencies said they would likely have to cut spending.

In a move that surprised many, the Legislature approved a $25 million bond issue for the beleaguered American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City and a second $25 million bond issue for a museum of popular culture in Tulsa.

Lawmakers also debated issues such as same-sex marriage.

The shrinking pool of money available for appropriation quickly became the session’s central theme.

In February, after the Board of Equalization certified a funding estimate millions below the 2014 prediction, lawmakers went into damage-control mode. They warned agency heads little money would be available for next year.

“We’ve been telling them all session there would be cuts,” said Rep. Dennis Casey, R-Moorison, vice-chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

By May, agency directors were convinced.

Oklahoma House of Representatives Chamber
http://www.oklegislature.gov/

The Oklahoma Legislature has adjourned the 2015 legislative session one week earlier than is required.

The presiding officer of the Senate dropped the gavel shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and two hours later the House also adjourned sine die, a Latin phrase that literally means "without day."

The Oklahoma Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn by the last Friday in May, but lawmakers rushed to complete their work this week to finish before the Memorial Day weekend.

Former state Rep. Randy Terrill
Oklahoma House of Representatives

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the bribery conviction of former state Rep. Randy Terrill and denied an appeal by former Sen. Debbe Leftwich.

Terrill — a Republican — was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison for offering Leftwich — a Democrat — an $80,000-a-year job at the state medical examiner's office if she would not run for re-election in 2010 so a Republican could seek the seat. Leftwich was convicted of accepting a thing of value to withdraw as a candidate and was given a one-year suspended sentence.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in Tulsa.
Oklahoma Historical Society

One day after failing to pass a $25 million bond proposal to build a new museum in Tulsa, the Oklahoma House reversed course and narrowly passed a plan to build the facility dedicated to the state's icons of popular culture.

The House voted 51-40 Friday to approve the bond issue, one day after the same measure fell seven votes short of passing. A bill needs 51 votes to pass in the House.

It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for consideration.

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