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Residents being ferried away from east side of Lake Thunderbird by canoe.
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Update date 4 p.m. The National Weather Service forecast calls for more dangerous flooding through the rest of this holiday weekend. Light to moderate rain may still be possible Sunday evening and Monday afternoon and evening. This rainfall will worsen ongoing flooding and could lead to more flash flooding in some areas. Flash Flood Warnings/Watches extend through Monday morning across the state.

A bill to restrict the public's access to police videos from dashboard and body cameras passed the Oklahoma state Senate and is headed to the governor's desk.

The Senate voted 44-2 on Thursday for the bill that adds dozens of new exemptions to the state's Open Records Act for law enforcement entities.

Under the bill, police and sheriffs will be allowed to withhold from the public videos that depict deaths or acts of violence, unless such acts were committed by a law enforcement officer.

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The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill making it easier for Oklahoma third-graders to advance to fourth grade even if they can't demonstrate basic reading skills.

The House and Senate both voted Friday to approve a bill that extends the use of "reading teams" for the next three school years.

The teams that include a child's parent, teachers and reading specialist would be allowed to promote third-graders who score unsatisfactory marks on state-mandated reading tests.

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The Oklahoma Legislature has adjourned the 2015 legislative session one week earlier than is required.

The presiding officer of the Senate dropped the gavel shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and two hours later the House also adjourned sine die, a Latin phrase that literally means "without day."

The Oklahoma Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn by the last Friday in May, but lawmakers rushed to complete their work this week to finish before the Memorial Day weekend.

Former state Rep. Randy Terrill
Oklahoma House of Representatives

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the bribery conviction of former state Rep. Randy Terrill and denied an appeal by former Sen. Debbe Leftwich.

Terrill — a Republican — was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison for offering Leftwich — a Democrat — an $80,000-a-year job at the state medical examiner's office if she would not run for re-election in 2010 so a Republican could seek the seat. Leftwich was convicted of accepting a thing of value to withdraw as a candidate and was given a one-year suspended sentence.

An artist's rendering of the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP) in Tulsa.
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One day after failing to pass a $25 million bond proposal to build a new museum in Tulsa, the Oklahoma House reversed course and narrowly passed a plan to build the facility dedicated to the state's icons of popular culture.

The House voted 51-40 Friday to approve the bond issue, one day after the same measure fell seven votes short of passing. A bill needs 51 votes to pass in the House.

It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for consideration.

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A Tulsa federal judge has ruled that an American Indian student at Caney Valley High School can't wear an eagle feather on her graduation cap. 

Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell accepted a magistrate's recommendation to deny senior Hayden Griffith's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her wear the feather during her graduation ceremony Thursday.

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A day after announcing a $7.1 billion budget plan to fund state government and services in the upcoming year, Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to enact it.

House and Senate committees on Wednesday passed a general appropriations bill that will fund much of state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The measure was expected to be considered by the full House and Senate Wednesday afternoon or Thursday.

The budget plan takes funds from dozens of agency revolving accounts and other one-time sources of money to ease cuts to many agencies.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed four bills into law including legislation that waives liability for someone who breaks into a locked vehicle to rescue a child.

The bill by Republican Rep. Dennis Johnson of Duncan would immunize from civil liability anyone who breaks out a window of a locked vehicle to save the life of an unattended child who is in danger.

Last year, the nation recorded the deaths of at least 30 children who suffered heat stroke after they were left in vehicles. The year before, a total of 44 heat stroke deaths were reported across the United States.

Workers are erecting scaffolding outside the Oklahoma Capitol as they begin trial repairs on the exterior of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The work getting underway on Monday includes grinding out mortar from between stone joints, addressing window repairs, and testing different methods for treating stains on the building's limestone and granite facade.

Meanwhile, teams of architects and engineers are going room by room inside the Capitol and meeting with officials from some of the 20 different state agencies housed inside the building.

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