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6:48 am
Sun May 24, 2015

More Rain Expected for Green Country

12-hour rain totals as of 6 a.m. Sunday morning
Credit Oklahoma Mesonet

Heavy rain caused widespread flooding issues across Green County. This map shows 12-hour rain fall totals as of 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

Hectorville, along the Tulsa/Oklmulgee County line, received over 6 inches of rain. While Creek County and Bixby received over 5 inches of rain. Other impressive amounts of rain fell in Muskogee and Lincoln County.

More rain is expected today into tomorrow. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect.

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6:11 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Claremore Fire Fighter Drowns During Water Rescue

Credit Claremore Fire

A Claremore fire fighter is dead in a tragic accident during a water rescue. It happened early Sunday Morning at an apartment complex near Highway 20 and Archer in Claremore.

The flood waters pushed the lid from a storm-drain manhole. The fire fighter stepped into the hole and was swept away. His name has not been released.

His body was recovered around 1 a.m.

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Local & Regional
5:58 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Rocklahoma Evacuated Because of Heavy Rain

Rocklahoma, just before heavy weather called off the show
Credit Rocklahoma

PRYOR, OK(AP) — A music festival in Oklahoma was evacuated because of severe weather Saturday night.

Officials with the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, about 50 miles west of Tulsa, urged attendees around 9 p.m. to head to their cars or the nearby camping area to wait out the incoming weather. They later stressed the campgrounds were not being evacuated.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says at least 15 highways have been closed across the state due to high water from the recent flooding. It also caused damage to a gas station and mall in Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
5:55 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Flooding Update

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cars have been nearly covered by floodwaters at a shopping mall parking lot in Oklahoma City, where some roads became impassable.

State transportation officials say at least 15 highways across the state have been closed because of flooding from a powerful storm.

In the community of Elk City, a firefighter says four and a-half inches of rain has fallen on an area that had already been saturated by rain earlier in the week.

Local & Regional
5:07 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Special Weather Statement from the NWS

Credit KWGS News File Photo

The National Weather Service in Tulsa issued the following statement:

LIFE AND PROPERTY THREATENING FLOODING EVENT UNDERWAY

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Local & Regional
9:51 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Sand Springs Native, Harlem Globetrotter Haynes Dies at Age 89

Marques Haynes
Credit Harlem Globetrotters

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Harlem Globetrotter star and Oklahoma native Marques Haynes has died at age 89.

The Globetrotters said Haynes died Friday in Plano, Texas of natural causes.

Haynes grew up in Sand Springs and attended Langston University — where he caught the eye of Globetrotters owner Abe Saperstein during a game in 1946 in which Langston defeated the Globetrotters. He joined the Globetrotters in 1947 after graduating from Langston and played for the team until 1953 and again from 1972 to 1979.

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9:45 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Hugo Man Drowns after Vehicle Stalls on Flooded Road

Credit KWGS News

HUGO, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Hugo man drowned after leaving his vehicle when it stall on a flooded road in Choctaw County.

An OHP report says the body of 34-year-old Williams Gamblin was recovered Friday morning near where he disappeared Thursday night about four miles north of Hugo.

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Local & Regional
9:35 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Oklahoma House, Senate End 2015 Legislative Session

Credit Oklahoma House/KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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 (SY'-nee) 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.

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Local & Regional
3:52 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Man Arrested in Texas in More than 20-year-old Tulsa Slaying

Credit KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a man in Texas has been arrested on a murder charge in the 1994 beating death of a woman in Tulsa.

Sgt. Dave Walker announced Friday that 52-year-old Leroy Edward Gilbert Jr. was arrested Thursday in Bonham, Texas, on a first-degree murder warrant in the death of Erma Goodou at Goodou's home in north Tulsa.

Walker says DNA evidence taken from the scene was matched to Gilbert in February 2014.

Court records do not list an attorney for Gilbert.

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Local & Regional
3:08 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

House Approves Pop Culture Museum for Tulsa

Credit OKPOP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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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