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A $1.50 tax increase on cigarettes is getting moved to later in the legislative session at the State Capitol.

Representative Leslie Osborn says the tax increase will go before lawmakers on what's known as a J-CAB measure rather than a regular bill.

"We kind of got bogged down with a lot of other policy issues. We need to work both sides of the aisle, make sure we have the support. I expect we will because this one polls 76% across the state to pass with Ds and Rs."

The Osage Nation has voted to change the definition of marriage in an election that drew an overwhelming number of absentee ballots.

The tribe will now define marriage as a union between "two persons" rather than "a man and a woman."

More than 1,100 people sent in absentee ballots but only 347 people showed up for onsite balloting during a two-day early voting period and on Monday, the actual election day.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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)

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