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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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A combine crew from South Dakota harvests wheat near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
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May 2015 was Oklahoma’s wettest month on record. The historic rainfall washed away an economically draining drought that haunted parts of the state for five years. For many wheat farmers in southwestern Oklahoma, however, the record rainfall is too much, too late.

To find a farmer in the wide, unbroken prairie of southwest Oklahoma, scan the horizon and look for clouds — of dust. In a field five miles south of Altus, Fred Schmedt peers through the haze and watches a gray-and-black combine pull alongside a tractor with a grain cart.

Schmedt grins as the bin fills.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Police in Charleston, S.C., say a man they suspect opened fire and killed nine people during a Wednesday prayer meeting at one of the city's oldest historically black churches has been captured.

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Federal officials say an open-flame heater on the floor of an oil rig likely sparked a December fire that killed three and injured two in Coalgate. 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says this wasn't the first time the company that owns the rig was cited for using a heater on an oil rig floor, the McAlester News-Capital reports.

The National Weather Service says another 4 to 5 inches of rain could fall today on areas still recovering from Memorial Day weekend floods that left 14 dead and two missing along the Blanco River in Texas.

Forecasters have issued a flash flood warning for seven counties in southeastern Texas as a Tropical Depression Bill makes its way inland. As the storm heads north, it could drop up to 9 inches of rain on parts of Oklahoma, a state still waterlogged from record-setting rainfall in May.

Midtown Plaza Court
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Oklahoma City's Midtown area will become part of downtown's business improvement district, or BID, under a proposal unanimously approved by the city council Tuesday morning.

The civic and development group Downtown Oklahoma City, Incorporated will oversee the marketing, street furnishing, and maintenance of the neighborhood.

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The Oklahoma Department of Human Services announced Tuesday it will cut 200 positions while adding 300 child welfare workers.

In an email sent to employees obtained by KGOU, DHS Director Ed Lake said the agency needs more child welfare specialists.

“I know that seems counterintuitive, but as an integral part of our efforts to address the high number of children currently in our custody and continue our progress to reduce workload levels as required by the Pinnacle Plan, we need more child welfare specialist and we need them now,” Lake wrote. 

Jesus Moroles was known internationally for massive granite sculptures
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Renowned Texas sculptor Jesus Moroles died Monday in a car accident on I-35 north of Georgetown.

Last Thursday, Moroles and his crew from Rockport, near Port Aransas, delivered four giant granite columns to Dallas. Moroles’ 15-foot tall work, called Spirit Inner Columns, was installed Friday in Hall Arts. That’s the new tower complex going up in the Arts District, across from the Winspear Opera House.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Oklahoma Emergency Management director Albert Ashwood meet with first responders in Purcell on May 27, 2015.
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Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management are requesting federal aid for 14 additional counties that experienced damage from storms and flooding that have hit the state since May 5.

Fallin announced Tuesday she was requesting public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist cities, towns and utility cooperatives with infrastructure repairs, debris removal and other storm-related costs.

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An Oklahoma teenager charged with killing an Australian college baseball player has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

District Court judge Ken Graham on Tuesday handed down the punishment to 18-year-old Chancey Allen Luna. A Stephens County jury had convicted Luna of first-degree murder in the August 2013 shooting death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane.

Authorities say Lane was shot in the back while he was jogging in Duncan. Defense attorneys say Luna fired the shot, but only meant to scare Lane.

Alan Hruby
Stephens County Jail

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 20-year-old man who was bound for trial in the killing of his newspaper publisher father, his mother and his sister.

A Stephens County judge on Tuesday determined there was enough evidence for a trial for Alan Hruby, who is accused of first-degree murder in the Oct. 9 shooting deaths.

The Oklahoman reported Hruby showed no emotion as his defense attorney accepted the death penalty notification.

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