At Least 5 Are Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.According to CNN and The New York Times, at least five people have been killed in those two states and 12 people are missing in Texas.The Times reports:" 'It had been raining here for weeks, a lovely wet spring after years of drought. The ground was saturated,' said [Louie Bond], a magazine editor and former editor of Wimberley's newspaper. 'The cypress trees along the river are stripped...
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About 15 percent of Oklahoma third graders could be held back after earning unsatisfactory marks on a state-mandated reading test.

State education officials announced preliminary results from this year's Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test on Friday.

The results showed that at least 85 percent of the 50,000 third graders who took the exam will advance to the next grade. Students who performed the worst could be held back unless they qualify for one of several exemptions under the Reading Sufficiency Act.

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This week, Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis discuss news from the Middle East and what it means for U.S. interests in the region. Landis is the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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Kate Schecter’s passion for internationalism started almost before she could talk. Her dad was a journalist for Time Magazine, and she spent the first dozen years of her life overseas in Hong Kong, Japan, and Russia. Her childhood in Moscow coincided with the height of the Cold War.

“My parents made a decision to send all five kids to Soviet public schools,” Schecter told KGOU’s World Views. And we’re the first American children to go to Soviet Schools. And I learned Russian [laughs]. Very quickly.”

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Showers and thunderstorms continue to move across central Oklahoma Friday morning, some of which brought heavy rainfall and quite a bit of lightning before sunrise. A Flood Advisory is in effect until 8 a.m.

American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

State lawmakers had a lot of tourism and recreation projects on their plates this week - specifically one museum in Oklahoma City, and another in Tulsa.

It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

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Blue Bell Creameries has signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

The requirement comes after the company based in Brenham, Texas, failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.

Blue Bell says the agreements, signed on Thursday, include a provision for instituting "test and hold" procedures for all finished products before they are shipped out.

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The chairman and CEO of OGE Energy Corp. has announced plans to retire.

Pete Delaney announced Thursday during a shareholders meeting that he will step down during the first quarter of 2016.

OGE Energy is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric.

Delaney's announcement came after shareholders approved the election of OGE Energy President Sean Trauschke to the board of directors. Trauschke has been president of OGE Energy since September and has been president of Oklahoma Gas and Electric since 2013.

American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

An Oklahoma Senate committee has given its approval to a $25 million plan to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 26-16 Thursday and sent the plan to the full Senate for a vote.

The bill would authorize $25 million in bonds to finish the museum situated on 67 acres along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City.

Boats meet in the middle of Tom Steed lake in southwestern Oklahoma in May 2014. Under normal lake conditions, the rocks in the foreground would be submerged.
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A soggy April and a slow-moving storm system that dumped record rainfall has drenched Oklahoma’s drought. The rain is welcome, but officials and experts warn the relief could be fleeting.

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