Heavy flooding at the intersection of Main Street and Lahoma Ave. in Norman on May 19, 2015.
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Memorial Day Deluge: Oklahoma Prepares For Heavy Holiday Weekend Flooding

Get ready for a rain-filled weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through Monday morning. “We’re expecting about 2-5 inches over quite a large area, and we could even see a large area of 4-7 inches across southern Oklahoma and north Texas, where they’ve already had a whole lot of rain over the past month,” said Norman Forecast Office meteorologist Marc Austin. Parts of central Oklahoma have seen 15 to 20 inches over the past 30 days. Prediction: we will SHATTER...
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Oklahoma's first African-American state senator has been honored on the floor of the Senate, 50 years after his election to office.

Surrounded by family members, former state Sen. Melvin Porter received a standing ovation after a resolution was read in his honor.

The 84-year-old Democrat from northeast Oklahoma City was elected to the state Senate in 1965. He was a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and a former head of the Oklahoma City chapter of the NAACP.

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The Cherokee language has gone digital.

The language of the Oklahoma-based tribe is now available for download on more than 20 Android devices, making the language more accessible to millions of Google smartphone and tablet users. The Cherokee language is also available on Apple and Microsoft products.

The Cherokee Nation's Language Program department spent almost two years working with Google to translate more than 50,000 technology terms into Cherokee. The team developed a font to use on Android, Samsung Galaxy S6, Motorola Moto X and Google Nexus 6, and other devices.

A fascinating account of the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett a little over a year ago, and an in-depth look at the history of how execution drugs became so hard to come by in the cover story of this month's Atlantic magazine.

Storm debris piled along 36th Ave. NW just north of Tecumseh Road in Norman
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The City of Norman is starting debris collection Wednesday after tornadoes and straight-line winds caused heavy damage in the northwest part of the city a week ago.

The city is working with TFR Enterprises of Leander, Tex. to remove tree branches, vegetation, trash, and other debris from the street right-of-way, which is definied as an area 15 feet behind the edge of the street. 

Photos and brochures from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle showing Chai and Bamboo, two elephants that will now reside in Oklahoma City.
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After a 30-hour final leg of their road trip that started more than a month ago, Chai and Bamboo finally pulled into Oklahoma City around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The two Asian elephants from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo had been in San Diego since April due to a storm that diverted the pachyderms to California.

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Officials have started the process of notifying families, it was announced at a press conference, though it wasn't certain if everyone on the train had been accounted for. The number of injured transported to the hospital was increased to 65, but the number of dead remained at five.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said some major work would have to wait until the morning, as operating some of the heavy machinery in the dark wouldn't be safe. The next press conference also likely will wait until late Wednesday morning, he said.

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Oklahoma school districts could allow teachers and staff with certain firearms training to carry handguns on school property under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill is one of 27 measures the governor signed Tuesday. It allows local school boards to designate school employees to carry a handgun on school property if they've attended either an armed security guard or reserve peace officer training program. Supporters say the new law provides some protection from an armed intruder, especially for rural districts.

The dry boat ramp at the Chisholm Trail Ridge Campground on the eastern shore of Waurika Lake.
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Before the consistent, heavy rains over the past week, Waurika Lake — the main source of water for Lawton and Duncan — was on the very brink of drying up too much to be used. Years of punishing drought led to the crisis, but what a difference a few days can make.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in Tulsa.
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A proposal to issue $25 million in bonds to build the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa has passed its first legislative hurdle.

The Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 27-13 Tuesday for legislation that would authorize funding for the museum, known as OKPOP. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman of Sapulpa introduced the legislation on Monday. He says the $25 million in bonds will be matched with private funds and the proposed museum will be built in Tulsa on donated land.

Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm
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Harold Hamm, the founder, chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, says he requested a meeting with a state seismologist to get information, not to “bully” a scientist tasked with studying an earthquake surge that has been linked to oil and gas activity.

EnergyWire’s Mike Soraghan reports:

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