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Showers and thunderstorms continue to move across central Oklahoma Friday morning, some of which brought heavy rainfall and quite a bit of lightning before sunrise. A Flood Advisory is in effect until 8 a.m.

American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

State lawmakers had a lot of tourism and recreation projects on their plates this week - specifically one museum in Oklahoma City, and another in Tulsa.

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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.

American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

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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