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Oklahoma's governor is criticizing the state's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust governing board for hiring a new chief executive officer at $250,000 a year.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday said she has instructed Health and Human Services Secretary Terry Cline to reject the salary.

Fallin's office claims the hire violates the spirit of an executive order she issued last year requiring approval from a top statewide elected official or cabinet secretary before making new hires or offering raises or bonuses.

Candidates for Congressional District Five in Central Oklahoma are making a final push to get out the vote for the runoff election in about a week.

The winner hopes to replace Congressman James Lankford who is running for Senate.

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced the two Democrats in the race, today we look at the Republicans.

KOSU’s Michael Cross introduces us to the candidates with experience in both the private and public sectors.

Todd Hiett campaign / http://votetoddhiett.net/

The election to fill the 5th Congressional District seat that opened when James Lankford decided to run for U.S. Senate is going to a run-off on both the Democratic and Republican sides.

Oklahoma State Senate, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, KGOU News

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story did not credit KGOU News for their photos and independent reporting that appear in this story.  We apologize for the error.

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas and former state Sen. Steve Russell will meet in a runoff election for the Republican nomination in central Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District.