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Flooding The Major Concern As Saturday Storms Begin

Updated 10:30 a.m. The national weather service in Norman has issued a flash flood warning for eastern and southeastern Mills County in western Oklahoma until 1:15 p.m. At 10:16 a.m. doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen across eastern Roger Mills County affecting Cheyenne and Strong City, and Angora and Berlin are also at risk. Additional rainfall amounts of one to two inches are possible in the warned area. Early Saturday...
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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.

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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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The Perpetual Motion Dance Company’s annual spring show does not explore the implied violence of its title Fault Line, but rather the instability caused by a mobile foundation. The 11 dance pieces are strung together by a loose theme.

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The Oklahoma House has passed a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to reaffirm the nation's commitments to protecting religious freedom and condemning the deaths of Christians around the world.

The measure's author, Republican Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma City, said Tuesday that the Christian faith is restricted and even banned in some places around the world and a growing number of Christians are being persecuted and killed for practicing the faith.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt admitted Wednesday his office incorrectly cited documents in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of the lethal injection case. Spokesman Aaron Cooper says the error was "inadvertent."

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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.

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