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Headlines for Tuesday, June 2, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin signs the $7.1 billion appropriations bill. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • The US Supreme Court rules in favor of a Muslim woman in the case against a Tulsa retailer. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. (Tulsa World)

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

Headlines for Monday June 1, 2015:

  • Despite a strong economy in Oklahoma, the state’s homeless student population is rising. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • State Colleges and Universities are facing cuts from the state budget. (NewsOK)

  • Bartlesville schools are preparing for budget cuts. (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

U.S. Drought Monitor

Given the choice between the crippling drought of the past nearly five years and the ongoing threat of flooding Oklahoma farmers and ranchers are currently dealing with, Chris Kirby with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says she’ll take the rain every time.

“I’ve heard some people say, ‘well, I don’t want to complain about the rain, because the last time I did, it quit raining for six years,” Kirby tells StateImpact.

Headlines for Friday, May 29, 2015:

  • Oklahoma County might face a federal lawsuit over its jail. (NewsOK)

  • The leader of the House Democrats calls for a special session for state roads and bridges. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma National Guard helps a Muskogee County rancher feed his cattle stranded by recent flooding. (Muskogee Phoenix)

Headlines for Thursday, May 28, 2015:

  • Oklahoma braces for another weekend of rain. (NewsOK)

  • Heavy rain fall is instigating a juggling act just west of Tulsa. (KWGS)

  • Payne County is under the county and statewide disaster emergency declaration. (Stillwater News Press)

Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahomans in charge of fixing the state’s rural roads and bridges are raising concerns over a state budget cutting $72 million from funding.

Randy Robinson with the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma says the money is designed to replace dilapidated and dangerous bridges across the state.

"That have been around in the 20s and 30s and 40s that are just no longer capable of holding up the loads and holding up the traffic."

Robinson says Oklahoma remains an agricultural state which is dependent on getting products to market.

There have been a number of weather-related deaths in Oklahoma since storms and flooding began on Friday, including a firefighter who died during a water rescue, and a 48-year-old woman who was killed after a tornado struck her home.

Nearly two years ago, a powerful tornado – the widest on record – struck the rural outskirts of Oklahoma City. Fortunately it missed heavily populated areas, but the ensuing flash flood killed 13 people in Oklahoma City, including nine Guatemalan immigrants.

Headlines for Wednesday, May 27, 2015:

  • As the death toll for storms in the month of May climb to eleven, President Barack Obama signs a disaster declaration to help those in need. (NewsOK)

  • A washed out road strands some Cleveland County residents. (News9)

  • Two Twin Lakes homes near the Logan County town of Crescent fell into the Cimarron River earlier this week because of the recent rain. (KFOR)

Popular Mechanics recently talked with KFOR's Emily Sutton about bad movie science, the power of nature, and staring down an EF5 tornado.