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House Passes Budget After Late-Night Debate, Senate Expected To Consider It Today

House lawmakers approved a $7.1 billion budget late Wednesday night just one day after unveiling the plan. It now goes to the Senate on a 54-42 vote that saw several Republicans voting against the bill along with the House’s Democratic minority. The upper chamber is expected to consider the budget Thursday. House Majority Floor Leader Charles Ortega (R-Altus) called the process intense, and said lawmakers are moving quickly to try to end the session Friday. “Every day that we’re here, it...
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A wall cloud lowers over Purcell south of the National Weather Center in Norman Tuesday afternoon.
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Updated 6:49 p.m.: Flooding still a major concern

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 9:45 p.m. as heavy rain continues to fall across central Oklahoma. 

High water caused a hole to form on the bridge of State Highway 9 over Interstate 35. Authorities closed the roadway and diverted traffic as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation worked to make the roadway passable. 

Gov. Mary Fallin during her 2015 State of the State address Feb. 2
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A little over two weeks before the constitutionally required deadline for Oklahoma lawmakers to wrap up the legislative session, Gov. Mary Fallin and leaders of the House and Senate announced a budget deal Tuesday afternoon.

The $7.1 billion budget is just over one percent less than the current fiscal year, and closes a $611 million shortfall by tapping the Rainy Day Fund, state agency revolving accounts, and the Unclaimed Property Fund.

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The same outlaw motorcycle club that was at the center of a deadly shootout in Waco, Texas has a strong foothold in Oklahoma.

The Bandidos motorcycle club has members scattered through Oklahoma, with a presence in Oklahoma City, Lawton, Shawnee, Tulsa, Elk City, Poteau and Bartlesville. Other biker gangs in some of those communities include the Mongols, the Outlaws and the Rogues, as well as several small groups.

KGOU's website is in transition today to a more mobile-friendly design, so that all the features available on KGOU.org can go with you wherever you go! This new "responsive" design optimizes the layout of each webpage according to the size of the viewer's screen.

The layout on a desktop or laptop computer has just a few changes -- the live audio stream is still accessible from the top of the screen, although now it's on the right side. The navigation bar underneath has just had a little facelift, and the news content flows underneath.

A portrait of President Bashar al-Assad among the trash in the Syrian city of al-Qsair in 2012.
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With the civil war in Syria now in its fifth year and little progress in reaching a diplomatic solution, stability in the country doesn’t seem likely any time soon. Conflicting interests among regional powers further complicate the situation, says New America Foundation research fellow Barak Barfi.

Former Norman High School student Tristen Killman-Hardin
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A former Norman High School student accused of sexually assaulting a classmate pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of first-degree rape.

A judge sentenced 19-year-old Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin to ten years. Eight of those are suspended, meaning he’ll spend a little less than two years behind bars due to credit for time already served. He’ll also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

The nation's seventh president was a man of legendary toughness who made his name in America's second war against the British — and he's someone NPR's Steve Inskeep has come to know well: Andrew Jackson.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed four bills into law including legislation that waives liability for someone who breaks into a locked vehicle to rescue a child.

The bill by Republican Rep. Dennis Johnson of Duncan would immunize from civil liability anyone who breaks out a window of a locked vehicle to save the life of an unattended child who is in danger.

Last year, the nation recorded the deaths of at least 30 children who suffered heat stroke after they were left in vehicles. The year before, a total of 44 heat stroke deaths were reported across the United States.

A mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, that has been converted for local agency use at the Summit County Sheriff's office in Ohio.
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Law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma may have to return military-style equipment after President Barack Obama announced he is prohibiting the federal government from providing certain vehicles and firearms through the Law Enforcement Support Office.

After a string of racially fueled protests across the country, Obama says the federal government will no longer fund certain equipment for local agencies, including tracked armored vehicles and firearms and ammunition .50 caliber or higher.

Workers are erecting scaffolding outside the Oklahoma Capitol as they begin trial repairs on the exterior of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The work getting underway on Monday includes grinding out mortar from between stone joints, addressing window repairs, and testing different methods for treating stains on the building's limestone and granite facade.

Meanwhile, teams of architects and engineers are going room by room inside the Capitol and meeting with officials from some of the 20 different state agencies housed inside the building.

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