An overturned car on Interstate 35 at Main Street in Norman Friday afternoon. All the occupants were safe.
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Damage, But No Injuries As Tornado, Large Hail Move Through Central Oklahoma

Central and southern Oklahoma is in the middle of another round of severe weather, three days after small tornadoes and large hail struck Mustang, Luther, and the Tulsa area. Updated 5:34 p.m. The threat of tornadoes and severe weather has moved east out of the Oklahoma City metro, but flooding is now a major concern as heavy rain continues to fall across the region. 515pm - once the storms pass your location, your severe weather threat will end. — NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) April 29, 20165:22PM...
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Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Shawn Sheehan accepts the award during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in August 2015.
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The three-day filing period opened Wednesday morning for candidates running for state and federal office. More than two dozen educators are considering politics as the state continues to deal with deep cuts to public schools. An unofficial head count shows about 30 teachers running for office.

Don Wentroth said he simply wants a better learning environment for students.

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Oklahoma's most recent Democratic gubernatorial nominee is spearheading an effort to let state residents vote on the use of medical marijuana.

2014 nominee and former state Rep. Joe Dorman is a board member of Oklahomans for Health. On Monday the group filed an initiative petition to begin gathering signatures to place the proposal on the ballot in November. The group will have 90 days to gather about 86,000 signatures from registered voters to get the proposal on the ballot.

A combine crew from South Dakota harvests wheat near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
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A recent survey of Oklahoma's wheat farmers shows they're doing whatever they can to save money due to low commodity prices.

The Farmer Speaks study shows nearly 75 percent of farmers surveyed say they're switching from name-brand herbicides to generics, and more than 30 percent said they won't buy new equipment anytime soon, The Journal Record’s Brian Brus reports:

Oklahoma Watch

At least two Oklahoma law enforcement agencies possess or have used a controversial device, shrouded in secrecy, to track and collect information from cellphones, an Oklahoma Watch investigation found.

The devices, often referred to as “cell site simulators,” are controversial because they collect information not only from criminal suspects, but also potentially from scores of other surrounding cellphone owners who have no idea the data is being gathered.

Oklahoma Watch

Updated April 15, 8:01 a.m.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent is "out of the office."

That's all the district's board of education said after meeting for five hours in executive session Thursday night to discuss the employment status of Rob Neu. After the meeting Board Chair Lynne Hardin said Neu has not submitted a resignation, but Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora has been assigned the additional responsibilities of superintendent in addition to her current role.

The Ottoman surrender of Jerusalem to the British on December 9, 1917.
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The first World War’s impact on the Middle East was significant, but the aftermath of the war shaped the region as we know it today.

The partition of the Ottoman Empire was arrived at through the process of wartime diplomacy, according to Eugene Rogan, a historian at Oxford University who spoke at the University of Oklahoma’s Teach-In on the First World War on March 7.

Russia staked a claim to Istanbul and waterways linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The French claimed Syria and Cilicia in modern day southeastern Turkey.

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The debate between privacy and security is now in Oklahomans’ wallets.

The federal REAL ID Act requires identification cards – like state-issued drivers’ licenses – to include features that enhance security and detect fraud. But fears about government overreach led to a 2007 state law that prohibits Oklahoma from taking steps to comply with REAL ID.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
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Oklahoma Gas and Electric went before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission again this week to try to get approval for environmental upgrades at its coal-fired power plant in Red Rock, Okla.

Ada City Schools Superintendent Pat Harrison says his district will save about $30,000 by cutting six days from the remainder of the school year.
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Oklahoma requires one of the shortest school years in the nation, in terms of instructional days.

But that hasn’t stopped a growing number of districts from ending their school year early this year or moving to four-day weeks to deal with cutbacks in state funding.

Water flows from a fountain inside the Williams Cos. headquarters in downtown Tulsa.
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Williams Companies and Energy Transfer Equity are in the process of merging, but they're also in a legal battle.

Tulsa-based Williams has filed lawsuits against Energy Transfer Equity and its chairman, Kelcy Warren, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

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