Barges are docked at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
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Rain, Trains, And Automobiles: Widespread Flooding Affects Transportation, Landscaping

It seems like there’s no corner of the state that stayed dry over the past month as heavy rainfall dumped nearly two dozen inches of water in some cities and towns. The widespread devastation is affecting interstate commerce and transportation across Oklahoma. Storms damaged several locks along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System between Oklahoma and its eastern neighbor. Adam Brooks, the managing editor at The Journal Record, says barge traffic in and out of Tulsa’s Port of...
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Marine Cpl. Christopher G. Scherer, 21, was killed July 21, 2007 in Iraq. He grew up in East Northport, New York. Gilbertson photographed his bedroom almost two years later.
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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.

American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

The Oklahoma House has passed legislation to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and turn it over to the city of Oklahoma City for operation and maintenance.

Without debate, House members voted 58-36 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Damage from the May 16, 2015 tornado near Elmer.
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Storm survey teams from the National Weather Service spent Sunday surveying damage from two tornadoes that touched down in Oklahoma on Saturday.

Meteorologists assigned a preliminary rating of EF2 to the storm that carved a 35 mile path of damage from southwest of Elmer to east of Snyder in far southwest Oklahoma.

Robyn Venable poses with one of her students in her teaching kitchen at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Venable is retiring this year.
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Robyn Venable has been a teacher in Oklahoma for 31 years. Currently she teaches life skills at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs.

“I always wanted to be a special education teacher. Ever since the third grade,” Venable said.

She’s loved it and it’s been a good run, but it’s time to retire. She had cancer, and that influenced her decision to leave, but she also says the teaching profession has changed over the years and the money is no longer worth the headaches.

About 170 motorcycle gang members charged with engaging in organized crime are each being held on a $1 million bond in the wake of the deadly Waco shootout.

Tornadoes in western Oklahoma damaged homes, brought down power lines and otherwise caused havoc Saturday evening, but no casualties have been reported.

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