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Record floods breach Arkansas levee, overtop 2 in Missouri

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Relentless flooding persisted in the nation's midsection Friday, sending communities underwater and damaging or overtopping levees on three major rivers in two states.

The fast-flowing Arkansas River smashed a 40-foot hole in a levee in rural western Arkansas, causing water to spill into a nearby community. Read more on NewsOK.com

Seeworth board votes to relinquish charter

By Tim WillertStaff writertwillert@oklahoman.comJustice Alma Wilson Seeworth Academy board members voted Friday to relinquish the school's charter and terminate the school's contract with Oklahoma City Public Schools, effective June 30.
The special meeting lasted about five minutes and was called in response to findings of "gross neglect and noncompliance" by the state Education Department.
Seeworth board member Barbara Swinton, a judge on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, said the panel voted to do what was best for the school and its students.
"In meetings with the state Department of Ed and Oklahoma City Public Schools, we have come to the conclusion that that’s what’s in the best interest of our kids," Swinton said after the 6-0 vote.
The state agency conducted monitoring and review activities associated with the school's federal program funds in March and found the school to be "seriously deficient in the areas of transparency, accountability, and policies and procedures as they relate to the school's federal funds," according to documents obtained by The Oklahoman.Read more on NewsOK.com

Board recommends clemency for brother of acclaimed author

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The brother of prize-winning author John Edgar Wideman has moved one step closer to freedom after a Pennsylvania parole board recommended pardoning him for a 1975 killing.

Robert Wideman was sentenced to life without parole and has been in a state prison since his conviction in a shooting case was the subject of his older brother's acclaimed 1984 memoir "Brothers and Keepers."Read more on NewsOK.com

Interview: Moviemaking brothers Parker and Graham Phillips coming to OKC’s deadCenter Film Festival with topic Western ‘The Bygone’

By Brandy McDonnellAn abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Taking aim at deadCenter: Moviemaking brothers Parker and Graham Phillips bringing Oklahoma-made Western 'The Bygone' to the state's biggest film festAbout 18 months after filming his directorial debut in his native state, Parker Phillips is returning to Oklahoma with his modern-day Western “The Bygone.”“My entire life I’ve been coming back to Oklahoma.Read more on NewsOK.com

Principal: I accidentally plagiarized Ashton Kutcher speech

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia principal accused of plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher in an address to his school's graduating class says he didn't mean to use someone else's work.

Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss has issued a statement saying he should have cited his sources in the May 23 speech, but asserted the ideas were his own.

"I did not get all my ideas from Ashton. Read more on NewsOK.com

Rights group: Staff threatened in wake of Egypt report

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group accused Egypt's state-controlled media of launching a smear campaign against its staff following a report alleging that Egyptian police and armed forces committed widespread human rights violations while fighting Islamic insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula.

Earlier this week, the New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch released a 134-page report in which it said it documented arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings and possibly unlawful air and ground attacks against civilians.Read more on NewsOK.com

Preview: Husband-and-wife actors delve into Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’

By Brandy McDonnellAn abbreviated version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman.Madcap classic Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park takes The Bard's 'Comedy of Errors' outsideFor Rachel Ryan Nicholes, co-starring with her husband in Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park’s madcap outdoor production of “The Comedy of Errors” is fulfilling a relationship goal.“I’ve always wanted to do a Shakespeare show with Jordan because Shakespeare is his favorite, and we met doing musical theater, which is probably my favorite and my home base.Read more on NewsOK.com

Rights group: Staff threatened following incendiary report

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group accused Egypt's state-controlled media of launching a smear campaign against its staff following a report alleging that Egyptian police and armed forces committed widespread human rights violations while fighting Islamic insurgents in the Sinai peninsula.

Earlier this week, the New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch released a 134-page report in which it said it documented arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings and possibly unlawful air and ground attacks against civilians.Read more on NewsOK.com