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Supreme Court Says Ten Commandments Must Come Down, GOP Lawmakers Suggest Impeachment

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol has to be removed because it violates the state constitution’s ban on using public property to benefit a religion. Justices ruled 7-2 the monument erected in 2012 indirectly benefits Judeo-Christian faiths because the Ten Commandments are “obviously religious in nature.” Attorney General Scott Pruitt disagreed with the ruling, saying the state’s high court incorrectly interpreted Article 2, Section 5...
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Updated June 25, 8:40 a.m.: The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party says a top-level staffer who pleaded guilty three years ago to a domestic violence charge has resigned his position.

Chairman Randy Brogdon confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Thomas Clint "T.C." Ryan submitted his resignation from his position as state political director for the party.

Gov. Mary Fallin earlier in the day said she supported a resolution calling for Ryan's ouster, and Brogdon said Fallin's position weighed heavily in his decision to accept Ryan's resignation.

Heavy flooding at the intersection of Main Street and Lahoma Ave. in Norman on May 19, 2015.
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The U.S. Small Business Administration says more than $5 million in disaster loans have been approved in Oklahoma for residents and businesses affected by storms, tornadoes, winds and flooding in 24 counties. 

The SBA said Wednesday that $72,400 in business loans and $4.9 million in individual loans have been approved as a result of storms that struck southern and eastern areas of the state from May 5 through June 4.

The 14 flags at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. The Confederate "Stars and Bars" flag occupies the third pole from the front.
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Oklahoma Historical Society executive director Bob Blackburn says he doesn’t think the calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from state Capitols in South Carolina or Alabama – or the move by retailers like Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Sears to stop selling merchandise featuring the symbol – will impact one of the 14 flags flying at the Oklahoma History Center.

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The Oklahoma City Zoo announced the birth of a giraffe Tuesday. The five-foot-tall ungulate born Monday is the fourth offspring of 15-year-olds Ellie and Bogy.

“Both mom and calf are doing well,” hoofstock supervisor Jaimee Flinchbaugh said in a statement. “Ellie is an experienced, doting mom, and her calf is full of energy and personality. We are excited to watch her grow.”

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With the number of registered independents on the rise in Oklahoma, the state Democratic Party is considering whether to open its traditionally closed primaries to independent voters.

New Democratic Party Chairman Mark Hammons says the proposal will be considered when the state party convention reconvenes on July 25 in Oklahoma City.

Hammons says the Democratic Party wants to focus on issues that matter to Oklahomans, regardless of party, and provide more opportunities for citizens to be active and involved in politics.

University of Oklahoma officials were seeking a $25 million donation from billionaire oilman Harold Hamm last year, records show, at a time when scientists at the school were formulating the state's position on oil drilling and earthquakes.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) speaking about the upcoming King vs. Burwell Supreme Court decision Monday on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
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U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) says he thinks the Supreme Court likely will rule federal Affordable Care Act subsidies are unconstitutional in the 34 states without state insurance exchanges.

The Supreme Court will decide the King vs. Burwell case sometime between now and Monday, June 29.

President Obama dines with young Muslim leader's during Monday's annual Iftar celebration at the White House.
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Samantha Elauf, the Muslim woman from Tulsa who won a Supreme Court case against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after they didn't hire her when she showed up to a job interview wearing a headscarf, dined with President Obama Monday night during the White House's annual Iftar dinner.

It’s the seventh Iftar hosted by the president, a breaking of the fast at sunset during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Elauf was one of eight guests seated at the president’s table during the event with a special focus this year on young leaders and women.

Math teacher Sherry Read's classroom is a total mess. The students are gone for the summer, and light fixtures dangle from the ceiling. The floor has a layer of dust. Down the hallway, workers make a racket while they renovate the school, which dates back to the 1890s. They're working in what has become an archaeological site.

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.

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