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In anticipation of more budget cuts the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools has proposed closing five schools to save money. 

State budget problems forced Oklahoma's largest school district to cut $30 million out of their budget last year, and superintendent Aurora Lora said the district is facing upwards of $10 million in cuts next year.


The NPR Politics team will live blog the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The live blog will include streaming video, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.


The attorney for a Republican state senator from Oklahoma City charged with felony child prostitution says his client plans to resign by Wednesday evening.

Attorney Ed Blau told The Associated Press Monday that he's recently been hired to represent Sen. Ralph Shortey, who's facing three felony counts after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy.

Headlines for Tuesday, March 21, 2017:

  • A State Senator accused of child prostitution says he plans to resign by Wednesday. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers pass bills to reduce prison population. (NewsOK)

A Republican state representative from Norman says he plans to resign at the end of the session to take a post with the Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Rep. Scott Martin announced Monday that he's submitted paperwork to the governor and House speaker indicating his intent to resign from his House seat effective May 31.

Martin has served for 11 years in House District 46, which includes most of north, west and south Norman, along with the town of Noble. He is in his last term and would have been term limited after the 2018 session.

The U.S. Secret Service and the FBI in Oklahoma City have both confirmed they are joining the investigation of a Republican state senator from Oklahoma City who is facing felony child prostitution charges.

The Secret Service's special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City office, Ken Valentine, confirmed Monday that investigators from his office are assisting in the investigation of state Sen. Ralph Shortey at the request of the Moore Police Department.

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.


Headlines for Monday, March 20, 2017:

  • Investigation finds multiple serious failings at Talihina veterans hospital. (Tulsa World)

  • Announcement over OKC school closures could come tonight. (NewsOK)

Home of Bever Murders Burns in Broken Arrow

Mar 18, 2017

For the second time in less than two-years, yellow crime scene tape surrounds the Bever home in Broken Arrow. In the summer of 2015, this home was the scene of a mass murder. Two teenager brothers, Robert and Michael Bever, were accused of killing their parents and three siblings. Early Saturday morning, the vacant home at the Indian Springs Country Club burned.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out about 3:30 Saturday morning and gutted the house before the fire was brought under control. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe penned an opinion piece for USA Today this week, supporting President Donald Trump's ending some environmental regulations.