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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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The president and top officers of the U.S. Conference of Mayors have discussed their priorities and municipal issues with President-elect Donald Trump.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, president of the organization, and other mayors met with Trump in New York City Thursday. Topics included infrastructure investment, public safety, unfunded federal mandates and immigration.

Cornett says members of the delegation had "a very positive, wide-ranging discussion" with Trump and appreciate his desire to work with the nation's mayors to strengthen metro economies.

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Officials say the planned $25 million Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture will be built on donated land in downtown Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Historical Society announced Thursday that the new museum will be built on Main Street, across the street from the historic Cain's Ballroom. Officials say the vacant lot for the land, worth an estimated $1 million, was donated by David Sharp and Interak Corp.

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Oklahoma plans to force hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and public schools to post signs inside public restrooms directing pregnant women where to receive services as part of an effort to reduce abortions in the state.

The State Board of Health will consider regulations for the signs on Tuesday. Businesses and other organizations will have to pay an estimated $2.3 million to put up the signs because the Legislature didn't approve any money for them.

CBS Sunday Morning recently aired a behind the scenes look at the Bob Dylan Archive, which is based in Tulsa.

The New York Times looks at the impact Google is having on the local schools in Pryor, Oklahoma.

We're happy to offer several special benefits for KOSU members during the 2016 Year-End Membership Drive (taking place through the end of the year).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for the 2017 Keep It Local card.

“Gov. Mary Fallin and the state’s tribal governments have not always seen eye-to-eye,” The Tulsa World’s Randy Krehbiel and Curtis Killman report, “but that apparently is not preventing at least some of the tribes from giving Fallin their unreserved support for secretary of the interior in President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration.”

The idea has been floated before but never really gained traction, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports: “… An industry-funded entity that taxes oil and gas production, collecting fees for earthquake-related damages.”

The Pawnee Nation on Nov. 18 filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies. The suit mentions the 5.8-magnitude Labor Day weekend quake asks ”a judge to void recently approved drilling permits on tribal land and halt the issuance of new ones,” the World reports.

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UPDATE (November 16 at 11:41 a.m.):

Police have identified the suspect in a shooting yesterday at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City as Lloyd Dean Buie.

Oklahoma City police Captain Paco Balderrama described Buie on Wednesday morning as a 45-year-old white male.

Balderrama says Buie allegedly shot Michael Winchester with a rifle from about 50 yards distance.

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