Gov. Mary Fallin meets with cabinet secretaries and emergency management officials at the state Capitol Tuesday to discuss May storm damage.
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Storm Damage Could Top $150 Million, Oklahoma Death Toll Rises To 6

Damage from May’s severe storms could exceed $150 million. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood and Gov. Mary Fallin met Tuesday and updated reporters and the public on the progress of the recovery and assessments in 70 counties that have reported storm-related damage. Fallin has declared a state of emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties, and $13 million in infrastructure damage to roads, bridges, and other facilities has already been recorded. During a...
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Gov. Mary Fallin meets with cabinet secretaries and emergency management officials at the state Capitol Tuesday to discuss May storm damage.
GovMaryFallin / Twitter

Damage from May’s severe storms could exceed $150 million.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood and Gov. Mary Fallin met Tuesday and updated reporters and the public on the progress of the recovery and assessments in 70 counties that have reported storm-related damage.

Fallin has declared a state of emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties, and $13 million in infrastructure damage to roads, bridges, and other facilities has already been recorded.

Report: Experienced Teachers Needed in Oklahoma Classrooms

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Oklahoma City, Tulsa and the surrounding metros have some of the most inexperienced public school teachers in the state, according to a report submitted to the U.S. Department of Education Monday.

The report, written by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, found that districts with large populations of minority or poor students tend to have the least experienced teachers.

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Jim Thorpe's surviving sons are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow them to pursue reburial of the famed athlete on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe's body was laid to rest in Pennsylvania more than 60 years ago.

His sons have been fighting to move the remains, saying their father wanted to be buried in the state of his birth.

A federal judge agreed with them, citing federal law on repatriation of American Indian remains. But an appeals court said the body should remain in Jim Thorpe, where it's kept in a roadside mausoleum.

Screenshot of OHP trooper during fatal May 29, 2015 altercation
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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man shot and killed by authorities grabbed a trooper and shoved him to the ground.

OHP spokesman Paul Timmons said at a news conference Monday that two troopers were asking Nehemiah and Brandon Fischer to get out of floodwaters on Friday.

Timmons said the Fischers walked toward the troopers and Nehemiah Fischer shoved one trooper to the ground. Fischer then was shot.

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Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

The Alabama agreement is similar to those the company reached last month with regulatory agencies in Texas and Oklahoma. Blue Bell has plants in the three states.

Oklahoma leads the nation in per capita police shootings, according to a Washington Post analysis. At least 385 people shot and killed by police nationwide during the first five months of this year, more than two a day. That is more than twice the rate of fatal police shootings tallied by the federal government over the past decade, a count that officials concede is incomplete.

Gov. Mary Fallin visits the flood gates at Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma.
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Gov. Mary Fallin requested federal aid Monday for 13 Oklahoma counties affected by May’s severe flooding and tornadoes.

“In the last few weeks, I have met with families whose homes or businesses have been washed away by flooding or severely damaged by storms and tornadoes,” Fallin said in a statement. “Our emergency management officials are working around the clock to complete damage assessments and get those Oklahomans the assistance they need to get back on their feet.”

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Abercrombie & Fitch violated the nation's laws against religious discrimination when it refused to hire a Muslim teenager because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf, 17, applied for a job selling clothes at the Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa. She long had worn a hijab — a headscarf — for religious reasons, and she wore the black scarf when she was interviewed by the store's assistant manager.

Three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, ending — among other things — the government's ability to collect bulk metadata on Americans' phone calls and emails.

The fight pits Sen. Rand Paul and other legislators fighting for greater privacy against fellow Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and others who are in favor of extending the legislation as is. But if the lawmakers are looking to their constituents for direction, they might not get much help.

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2015 State of the State address on Feb. 2, 2015.
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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a $7.1 billion budget bill to fund state government and services in the upcoming year. 

The general appropriations measure that Fallin signed Monday provides funding for state agencies for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The measure was approved by the House and Senate in the final days of the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature, which adjourned on May 22. Fallin praised lawmakers for closing a $611 million shortfall without cutting funding for public education.

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