Oklahoma delegate Cedric Johnson smiles as he watches during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
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Oklahoma Delegates Recognize Women, Civil Rights Leaders During DNC Roll Call

Twenty of Oklahoma’s 42 delegates went to the eventual nominee Hillary Clinton during Tuesday’s roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The rest went to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who won Oklahoma’s presidential primary in February. Delegate Isabel Baker cast the votes for Clinton. The mother of Cherokee Nation principal chief Bill John Baker was born in 1929, just nine years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. “I never thought...
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Oklahoma state Capitol
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Oklahoma midyear state budget cuts were deeper than necessary, and now the state has $140.8 million that it can allocate to agencies. Gov. Mary Fallin is considering calling a special session of the legislature to use those funds to give teachers a pay raise.

Yes on 792 chairman Jeff Reasor speaks at a press conference on July 27, 2016. Reasor is the chairman and CEO of Tahlequah-based grocery store chain Reasor’s.
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Supporters of a state question that would change Oklahoma’s alcohol laws launched their campaign today Wednesday. The group Yes On 792 is advocating on behalf of a ballot question that would allow convenience stores to sell full strength beer and wine. Liquor stores would be able to sell cold beer.

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber president Roy Williams says alcohol reform would help the state attract and retain young talent.

Oklahoma City University professor Kyle Dean presents findings of an economic impact report during the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association conference Tuesday in Tulsa.
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Casinos in rural Oklahoma bring in about half of all gaming revenue, and the small towns these establishments call home reap some of the rewards.

A report presented at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association conference Tuesday revealed that small, rural towns get an economic boost when a tribal casino opens, The Journal Record’s Molly Fleming reports:

An active aggregate mining operation near Mill Creek, Okla.
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Oklahoma’s four primary environmental agencies have lost more than $15 million in state appropriations and tens of millions of dollars in legislatively directed reductions to revolving funds, OETA reports.

Oklahoma delegate Cedric Johnson smiles as he watches during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
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Twenty of Oklahoma’s 42 delegates went to the eventual nominee Hillary Clinton during Tuesday’s roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The rest went to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who won Oklahoma’s presidential primary in February.

Delegate Isabel Baker cast the votes for Clinton. The mother of Cherokee Nation principal chief Bill John Baker was born in 1929, just nine years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote.

“I never thought that I would live to see this day,” Baker said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. wave to supporters during a rally in Portsmouth, N.H., Tuesday, July 12, 2016, where Sanders endorsed Clinton for president.
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Democrats officially nominated Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but Clinton’s primary victory has been a tough pill to swallow for some supporters of her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

A customer picks up her prescription at the pharmacy counter inside Walgreens at 1400 E. Second St. in Edmond.
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In the first six months of 2016, a database helped block 20,000 sales of pseudoephedrine in Oklahoma.

The popular cold medicine is a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and pharmacy counter sales are blocked if the buyer shows up on a national database. The National Precursor Log Exchange, or NPLEx, includes names of people with methamphetamine-related convictions and buying histories, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Parents and teachers attending the July 25, 2016 Edmond City Council meeting to support State Question 779.
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The City of Edmond passed a resolution Monday night opposing a ballot initiative this fall that would raise Oklahoma’s sales tax by 1 percent to pay for education.

The tax hike would raise about $615 million per year for common and higher education in the state, but Edmond city leaders are worried it would hinder economic development. Oklahoma is the only state in the U.S. where cities and towns rely on local sales taxes as their primary source of revenue.

Counselor Donte Chattman stands outside the cabins at New Day Camp on Lake Texoma
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Kristen Harlin speeds a golf cart through the grassy fields overlooking Lake Texoma in Kingston. It’s muggy and hot and the sun is relentless. Harlin is the executive director of New Day Camp, a summer camp for children with incarcerated parents.

“All the campers here have the same, common thing going on in their life (sic). So if you get that stigma gone right away, they don't feel like they're the different person in the cabin,” Harlin says.

Leaders address incarceration as soon as kids step off the bus. Then it’s onto normal camp activities.

Demonstrators make their way around downtown, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
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Oklahoma’s Democratic delegates are gathering in Philadelphia amid concern over leaked emails that show members of the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton over her rival, Bernie Sanders. Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign over the emails at the conclusion of this week’s convention.

Alera Henson, a Sanders delegate from Tulsa, says Wasserman Schultz’s decision to leave the post eased the concerns of her fellow Sanders supporters, but only momentarily.

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