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The director of the Oklahoma's Medicaid provider says he plans to step down to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO Nico Gomez said in a letter to the agency's board Monday that he plans to resign effective Sept. 30.

Gomez has been in state government for two decades, including the past 16 years at OHCA. He has served as CEO of the agency for more than three years.

A petition to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma is unlikely to go before voters in November.

Advocates plan to challenge the attorney general's rewording of the ballot title, which is certain to push the measure beyond the election.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the group didn't submit its voter signatures to qualify with enough buffer time for legal challenges and for the state's Election Board to print and send ballots to counties, military members and overseas voters.

A retired university professor who trailed his opponent by just 40 votes after Tuesday's Democratic runoff election for an Oklahoma congressional seat filed paperwork on Friday seeking a manual recount in the race.

Democrat Tom Guild filed a petition for recount in his race against former state Sen. Al McAffrey, who led by 40 votes out of more than 16,000 cast.

Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge's office has finished counting the signatures on a petition drive to put a proposal to legalize medical marijuana before voters.

Benge announced Tuesday that 67,761 signatures were counted, surpassing the 65,987 signatures of registered voters needed to put the issue on an election ballot by fewer than 2,000 signatures.

The secretary of state's office will now send a report on its findings to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which determines whether the number of signatures is sufficient to put the question on the ballot.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has cleared craft brewers in the state to sell full-strength beer for consumption on the premises.

Pruitt issued the opinion Tuesday after the state's Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission asked him to review a new state law that allows the sale of full-strength beer.

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Every Oklahoma motorist will pay an additional $5 beginning later this month for a new license plate that features the outline of the state bird - a scissortail flycatcher - on a blue background.

Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled the new license plate during a press conference with state officials on Monday. The new plates cost the state about $2.05 to produce. Most of the additional revenue will go into a newly created State Public Safety Fund that will be available for the Legislature to spend to "support public safety" in the state.

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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Two U.S. presidential hopefuls are suing the state of Oklahoma, arguing its ballot-access laws unconstitutionally discriminate against third-party and independent candidates for president.

The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court on behalf of Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein of Massachusetts and independent presidential candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente of Florida. Three Oklahoma residents and Stein supporters also are listed as plaintiffs in the suit.

It seeks to prevent the Oklahoma Election Board from enforcing the state's ballot-access laws.

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Buried amid the excitement of competing for a Big 12 championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff last season was the fact that Oklahoma State struggled on defense at times, surrendering 151 points in its final three games — all of them losses.

On top of that, the Cowboys lost their best defensive player to graduation as All-American defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, moved on to the NFL.

Coach Mike Gundy and his staff are hoping that increased depth developing at several positions will lead to better play this season.

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