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Gov. Mary Fallin, second from right, and her husband, Wade Christensen, second from left, greet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, following a rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is offering her enthusiastic endorsement of Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, saying she supports the New York billionaire "100 percent."

Fallin also said Wednesday she's honored to be mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate and would be happy to consider such an offer.

Fallin said her priority is to elect a conservative, pro-business Republican who is strong on national defense, and that she believes Trump is that candidate.

A bottle of Charlotte’s Web cannabidiol oil.
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Last year, Oklahoma lawmakers approved a medical treatment for severe childhood seizures that used part of the cannabis plant. Another piece of legislation that would widely expand the law is close to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk.

The Oklahoma City Police Department's Honor Guard, 2015.
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A large, phone-book type document.

That's how Mayor Mick Cornett described the proposed Oklahoma City budget for Fiscal Year 2017 unveiled during the city council meeting Tuesday morning.

The budget presentation begins at 24:00 into the meeting

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court invalidated an initiative petition Tuesday morning that would’ve let voters decide whether or not to allow wine and strong beer in grocery stores.

The Oklahoma Grocers Association filed its protest against the petition that would’ve put State Question 785 on the ballot this fall, arguing it was an unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority, and that the language was insufficient and misleading.

An airman kneels and prays in the Moore neighborhood south of Plaza Towers Elementary School.
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Tornado season is upon us. Oklahoma saw powerful storms last week, and state and local emergency management leaders continue to grapple with questions about preparation.

What else can local governments and the state do to improve public safety? Are there new ways to fund private, school or community shelters? What can individuals do beyond the obvious to protect themselves, and what does the research show?

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Editor's note: The House gave final legislative approval to this bill on a 90-0 vote Monday, and it now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk.

A bill moving through the Oklahoma Legislature could allow many non-violent misdemeanor offenders to avoid a lengthy stay in county jail.

But it comes with a catch: Inmates would have to volunteer their work for free.

The program could save the counties money, but some inmate advocates cite a risk that it could lead to exploitation of inmates with loose oversight at county levels.

House Speaker-designate Charles McCall talks with fellow Republicans outside the GOP caucus room in the Oklahoma state Capitol Monday.
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Lawmakers decided who the next speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives will be during a closed-door meeting Monday. State Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka, defeated state Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, for the leadership spot.

Sears, who’s the chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, will have to give up his House seat in 2018 due to term limits. McCall, who was first elected to the House in 2012, won’t be term-limited until 2024, although GOP caucus rules prevent a speaker from holding the post longer than four years, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

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Oklahoma saw the 7th-wettest April on record, despite kicking off 2016 with fears of a strengthening drought. Oklahoma Mesonet stations recorded a statewide average of 6.11 inches of rain last month.

State Climatologist Gary McManus says extreme and violent weather bookended the month. An uncontrollable wildfire started April 5 and hundreds of thousands of acres in Northwest Oklahoma.

“Emergency management personnel estimated damages at $2.3 million from the fire as it scorched nearly 90 square miles in Woodward and Harper counties,” McManus said.

Oklahoma state Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, is pictured during a committee meeting in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.
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It’s now the final month of the legislative session, and lawmakers have less than four weeks to pull off a budget deal to close a $1.3 billion shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Will they get it done?

“Yes,” state Sen. Mike Schulz, R-Altus, told reporters Thursday. “I want to go home.”

Oklahoma's constitution requires the legislature to adjourn on the final Friday in May. Lawmakers have discussed wrapping up their work a week early, which they’ve done every year since 2012.

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Oklahoma Department of Corrections interim director Joe Allbaugh told his staff Friday to stop sending inmates to the Oklahoma County Jail.

The order came after Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater suggested county commissioners consider cancelling their contract with the state, The Journal Record’s Brian Brus reports:

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