Five Things You Should Know About Tuesday’s Election

The lineup for November’s general election ballot will be settled after candidates in one congressional and 13 legislative races face off Tuesday. The run-off elections will feature the top two vote earners from the June primaries in races where no candidate received at least 50 percent of the votes. Districts in much of the state won’t vote because their legislative and congressional match-ups for the general election have already been set. Here are five things to keep in mind about Tuesday...
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After five years of confidential negotiations, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations have reached an agreement with the State of Oklahoma over water in southeast Oklahoma.

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Headlines for Friday, August 19, 2016:

  • The murder of a Tulsa man gets the attention of Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton. (Tulsa World)

  • Gun laws loosened 30 years after Edmond Postal shooting. (Journal Record)

Headlines for Thursday, August 17, 2016:

  • Attorneys of earthquake victims say they plan to refile new complaints against Oklahoma drillers. (Journal Record)

  • SandRidge faces $1.2M SEC claim in a whistleblower case. (NewsOK)

  AAA Oklahoma is helping kids get to and from school through its School Safety Patrol Program.

Spokesman Chuck Mai says in Oklahoma the organization spends 15 to 20-thousand dollars a year to equip the oldest grade level students in more than 240 elementary schools.

"The Sam Browne belts that you see the kids wear over the shoulder around the waists. Badges: We have sergeant, lieutenant and captains, as well as patrol badges. Also the literature. The care and consent cards. The membership cards."

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A more than four-year legal challenge to overturn Oklahoma’s voter identification law was rejected this week by a state district court judge, who upheld the constitutionality of the measure.

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons dismissed the case Monday after hearing arguments from lawyers representing the Oklahoma State Election Board and Tulsa resident Delilah Christine Gentges. Gentges’ attorney said he plans to appeal the decision.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

  • The Oklahoma City Council approves an historic water agreement with the tribes. (NewsOK)

  • A proposed stormwater utility vote could impact Norman schools. (NewsOK)

  • Presidential candidate Donald Trump picks Governor Fallin to his Agriculture Advisory Committee. (AP)

The remains of a woman found south of Muskogee in 1983 have been identified as a woman who went missing in Tulsa in 1981.

The remains were identified through DNA testing as 44-year-old Francine Frost.

Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge says Frost went missing on February 16, 1981. Her car was found in the parking lot of the Skaggs Alpha Beta grocery store at 21st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has named several Oklahomans to his newly created Agriculture Advisory Committee, including Gov. Mary Fallin.

Trump announced the creation of the 64-member committee in a press release on Tuesday as a way to "strengthen our nation's agriculture industry as well as provide support to our rural communities." It includes current and former elected officials, farmers and officials with agriculture trade groups.

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City leaders in Edmond adopted a resolution urging citizens to reject State Question 777. Their counterparts in Choctaw appear likely to do the same, and the Norman City Council has booked a presentation from an organization fighting against the question, which would amend the state constitution to include the “right-to-farm” and prevent lawmakers from passing legislation impeding farming, ranching and agriculture.

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KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill.

Education News

Oklahoma City Public School Board members approved a $180 million dollar bond proposal at a special board meeting on Tuesday. The bond will not increase taxes, and instead extends a bond that is set to expire.

Superintendent Aurora Lora said Oklahoma City Public Schools has dire basic needs throughout the district, and the new bond will address transportation, technology, and building maintenance issues.

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A new statewide survey found that at least 2,800 public school jobs have been lost to budget cuts this year.

The survey, conducted by The Oklahoma State School Board Association, showed that 1,500 of those jobs lost were teaching positions and 1,300 were support staff.

The OSSBA conducted the survey during the first two weeks of August. Districts representing about 83 percent of the state’s public school enrollment participated.

Other survey results show:

Oklahoma Teachers Expected to Spend Hundreds on Classroom Supplies

Aug 15, 2016
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Elementary music teacher Tony Flores’ entire classroom budget for the year will be expended on music for three performances. Last year, he bought new instruments, to the tune of $1,000 out of his own bank account.

In Danielle Childers’ pre-kindergarten classroom, students will have snacks for snack time, mats for naptime and stickers for a job well done, but the cost of those items falls on her.

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