Sign reading "The Silent Majority Stands With Trump."
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Trump’s Fundraising In Oklahoma Eclipses Clinton’s For First Time

Donald Trump has a new reason to believe that deep-red Oklahoma will swing his way as the presidential campaign accelerates into the final months. Federal Election Commission filings released recently show that June was the first time the Republican presidential nominee has raised more money in the state than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Until that month, the latest for which campaign finance data is available, Clinton had outpaced Trump in contributions from Oklahomans every month...
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Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to talk about what her party stands for during her address on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

She told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday her speech Thursday evening will be similar to the brief remarks she delivered Monday when she talked about the party’s platform.

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Billionaire Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm sharply criticized environmental regulations in a pro-Donald Trump speech on energy policy at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

The Continental Resources CEO's remarks came amid reports he would be named energy secretary if the Republican candidate is elected in November.

A volunteer with Oklahomans for Health hands a passerby a petition to sign at the group’s tent at Northwest Expressway and Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City. The group is collecting signature for a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The group collecting signatures for a medical marijuana ballot question is roughly two-thirds of the way to its goal of 80,000 signatures by August 11.

Oklahomans for Health, led by former state Rep. and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman, is now offering its volunteers cash to collect valid names:

The group is now advertising an incentive for its circulators – $1 for every person who signs both petitions, as long as it’s a registered Oklahoma voter and as long as the measure reaches the ballot.

Paul Kincade, research vice president at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, sits next to a new laser microscope in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma State University researcher Lin Liu and seven other scientists recently received a combined $1.26 million from TSET – the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust – to study treatments for COPD, a smoking-related illness.

Money in that huge state fund is used for medical research, and it could bring in even more dollars, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he arrives to introduce his wife  Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.
Evan Vucci / AP

On the eve of Oklahoma’s presidential primary in March, KGOU gathered a group of undecided voters for a program we called "Super Tuesday Speed Dating." We found five undecided voters and put them in a room with surrogates from seven presidential campaigns, and our voters peppered them with questions.

As the Republican National Convention enters its third day, we decided to check back in with the GOP‐leaning voters from the program.

The control tower at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate delegation has filed a bill to keep air traffic controllers in the industry after retirement, working as full-time instructors.

As The Journal Record's Dale Denwalt reports, they can't make more than about $16,000 dollars in post-retirement jobs right now, but the bill would exempt income earned as a trainer:

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Aurora Lora proposes a revised KIPP charter school expansion plan during a July 18, 2016 board meeting.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

After months of debate, board members of Oklahoma City Public Schools voted to expand KIPP Charter Schools at Monday night’s meeting. But the expansion will not go as originally planned.

KIPP currently runs a middle school out of F.D. Moon Academy, and has been fighting to extend its rigorous academic model within the district. The charter school proposed starting an elementary school in Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary and hoped to share space with Douglass High School as well. However, Superintendent Aurora Lora says a task force will do more research to decide the locations.

Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., addresses the delegates during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin spoke briefly during Monday’s opening of the Republican National Convention. Fallin serves as one of the co-chairs of the GOP’s platform committee, and says the party’s principles can change the way people think, and the direction of the country.

Mick Cornett, Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Oklahoma City speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett described success by GOP municipal leaders during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday afternoon in Cleveland.

Cornett said Republicans hold the top jobs from San Diego to Miami, including Oklahoma’s two largest cities. He said Republicans have held the Oklahoma City mayor’s seat for 29 consecutive years.

Charmian Conrad writes the day’s specials on a chalkboard at Pump Bar in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission ruled Friday that bars and restaurants can infuse drinks with vegetables, fruits, spices, and even cured meats. Members reached the decision without much discussion.

The ruling came after the owner of The Pump in Oklahoma City asked for an ABLE ruling following the arrest of his bar manager for having bacon strips inside a vodka bottle.

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