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The KOSU news team curates news of interest to Oklahomans from various sources around the world. Our hope is inform, educate, and entertain.

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Oklahoma State promoted assistant Mike Boynton to head coach less than a week after Brad Underwood left for Illinois.

Oklahoma State announced the decision on its website Friday.

Boynton, 35, helped engineer Oklahoma State's run to the NCAA Tournament last season. He was an assistant for Underwood for three years at Stephen F. Austin and helped the Lumberjacks win 89 games.

The Center for Biological Diversity and University of Oklahoma law professor Kristen van de Biezenbos filed a grievance with the Oklahoma Bar Association over U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing testimony regarding his use of personal email when he served as Oklahoma’s attorney general, E&E News reports:

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

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Oklahoma prosecutors have filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room a 17-year-old boy.

Cleveland County prosecutors charged 35-year-old Ralph Shortey on Thursday with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Shortey. He has until noon Thursday to turn himself in.

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UPDATE: March 15, 2017 at 6:28 p.m.

The Moore Police Department has released a redacted police report of the incident. The crime is identified as engaging or soliciting prostitution with a minor.

In the report, a family member of the juvenile told police that he "has a history of soliciting himself on Craigslist for sexual conduct" and "has a history of drug abuse."

StateImpact has reported on the dwindling number of Oklahoma state parks since Gov. Mary Fallin took office in 2011. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department says budget cuts are to blame, and as KSWO reports, the biggest spate of park closures yet could be on the way:

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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says damage from a wildfire that scorched hundreds of square miles in northwestern Oklahoma is "unprecedented."

Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator and fellow U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma spoke to farmers and ranchers in Woodward Friday after visiting some of the fire-damaged areas.

Inhofe says he flew over portions of the region to get an idea of the enormity of damage along the Oklahoma-Kansas border. Inhofe says he's visited other disaster areas but has never seen anything like the wildfire damage in northwestern Oklahoma.

Longtime Oklahoma political journalist, broadcaster and author Mike McCarville has died.

McCarville's daughter, Shelli Aliff, says McCarville died Wednesday morning after suffering complications from emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 76.

McCarville's career included work for various Oklahoma newspapers and broadcast stations, including serving as assistant news director of KWTV television and as program director, reporter and conservative talk show host on KTOK radio.

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An Oklahoma lawmaker who once likened Islam to a cancer has handed out a form asking Muslims to answer questions that include, "Do you beat your wife?"

Republican state Rep. John Bennett's office distributed the questionnaire this past week as the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations organized its annual Muslim Day at the Capitol. Bennett told Muslims who wanted to see him at the Capitol to fill out the form.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the tangle of obligations and assets left behind by the late Aubrey McClendon, as more than $600 million in claims against his estate seek resolution.

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