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Summerlinn Muhammad, right, elections assistant, checks in Jason Soper, right, for early voting in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
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5 Things You Should Know About Tuesday’s Runoff Elections

The lineup for November’s general election ballot will be settled after candidates in one congressional and 13 legislative races face off Tuesday. The run-off elections will feature the top two vote earners from the June primaries in races where no candidate received at least 50 percent of the votes. Districts in much of the state won’t vote because their legislative and congressional match-ups for the general election have already been set. Oklahoma State Election Board Online Voter Tool...
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Students rally against Oklahoma City Public Schools budget cuts in May 2016.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

A new statewide survey found that at least 2,800 public school jobs have been lost to budget cuts this year.

The survey, conducted by the Oklahoma State School Board Association, showed that 1,500 of those jobs lost were teaching positions and 1,300 were support staff.

The OSSBA conducted the survey during the first two weeks of August. Districts representing about 83 percent of the state’s public school enrollment participated.

Other survey results show:

Customers enter a Dillard’s department store inside Sooner Mall in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma's highest court is preparing to decide one of the biggest workers’ compensation cases in years.

The state Supreme Court could invalidate or uphold part of an Oklahoma law that lets dozens of companies write their own workers' comp policies. The legal dispute started when clothing retailer Dillard’s denied an employee’s comp claim, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general, gestures as he speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 8, 2013.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

One of the most contentious issues facing this new school year is which bathrooms and locker rooms transgender students will be allowed to use.

The Obama administration has issued what it calls guidance that students be allowed to use facilities consistent with their gender identity. The administration warned that schools refusing to do that could risk their federal school funding.

Gov. Mary Fallin speaking during an August 22, 2016 news conference to reveal a new design for the state license plate in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahomans caught a sneak peek of the state’s new license plates Monday afternoon. Gov. Mary Fallin unveiled the new design, which features a large outline of the state’s bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The plate also displays a backdrop of lakes, mesas and mountains along with the address of the state tourism department’s website.

 

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety chief Ricky Adams says the new tags will be easier to read and will help law enforcement crackdown on uninsured drivers.

 

Summerlinn Muhammad, right, elections assistant, checks in Jason Soper, right, for early voting in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The lineup for November’s general election ballot will be settled after candidates in one congressional and 13 legislative races face off Tuesday.

The run-off elections will feature the top two vote earners from the June primaries in races where no candidate received at least 50 percent of the votes.

Districts in much of the state won’t vote because their legislative and congressional match-ups for the general election have already been set.

University of Oklahoma Vice President of the University Community Jabar Shumate.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

 

 

The University of Oklahoma made national headlines in March 2015 when members of a the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus while traveling to an event. Immediately following the spread of the video, the university expelled two students and shut down the SAE fraternity’s chapter on campus.

Oklahoma state Capitol
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin signed election proclamations Monday for five state questions that will now be on November’s general election ballot.

In 1998 Oklahoma became one of only two states to offer universal preschool, and it's been one of the most closely watched experiments in the country.

Today, the vast majority of these programs are in public schools. The rest are run by child-care centers or Head Start, the federally funded early-childhood education program.

Rural northeast Norman resident Leslie Rard at the end of her 500-foot gravel driveway. It's one of many hard surfaces on her five-acre property the city classifies as "impervious."
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Voters in Norman will decide on a stormwater plan Tuesday that would increase residents’ monthly utility bills. The city says the additional revenue will help deal with runoff created by heavy rainfall and property damage from flooding.

Karen Holp, KGOU General Manager, standing next to a part of the broadcast antenna for KROU was that installed in 2011.
KGOU Staff

August 21, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

A couple of weeks ago, I said I was going to retire later this fall after 28 years at KGOU.

But there is something I want to get started before I go.

I want to start a small, informal fundraising effort to help pay for the replacement of the KROU transmitter and related equipment.

KROU at 105.7 FM serves Oklahoma County and went on the air in June of 1993. That makes the transmitter 23 years old, and it is going to need replacing soon.

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