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Supporters wave Trump campaign signs at a rally in Oklahoma City on February 26, 2016.
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Trump Looks Poised To Win Oklahoma Despite Signs Of Ambivalence

Recent polling and fundraising numbers seem to confirm that Donald Trump will likely win Oklahoma’s seven electoral votes this November. Trump has now outraised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the state for the third consecutive month. And a statewide poll out this month shows Trump leading Clinton by 15 percentage points. But the data also shows Trump will be hard-pressed to win Oklahoma by as wide a margin as the past several GOP presidential candidates did. That could indicate a...
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The Dallas Morning News' SportsDay reporter Chuck Carlton analyzes University of Oklahoma president David Boren's comments Wednesday about the possibility of expanding the athletic conference.

Floaters navigate their homemade raft down the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Okla., during the annual Great Raft Race on Labor Day 2016.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The section of the Arkansas River that runs through Tulsa is changing. For much of the city’s history, business owners constructed buildings facing away from what has been considered a polluted eyesore. But now Tulsa is embracing its most prominent physical feature.

Randy Harris is superintendent of Wagoner Public Schools.
Provided / Oklahoma Weekly Group

More than 100 school districts in Oklahoma are thinking about implementing a four-day school week, and that’s putting pressure on working parents. It’s also forcing employers to adjust.

In the eastern Oklahoma town of Wagoner, several major employers haven’t complained about absent parents. Daycare centers are also expanding to make room for more children, even though childcare availability in the state has shrunk significantly since 2008.

Oklahoma City Council member Pete White, left, and council attorney Kenneth Jordan in a council meeting at City Hall.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma City Council passed a resolution Tuesday formally opposing State Question 777, which is commonly known as the “right-to-farm” amendment. The proposal would add a new section to state law guaranteeing farmers and ranchers can operate without interference unless the state has a compelling reason to get involved.

Rachel Jenkins, 32, was denied further treatment after a doctor hired by her company said she had a shoulder condition caused by aging, not her work accident. "What's age got to do with anything?" she asked.
Nick Oxford / ProPublica

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday companies cannot opt-out of the 2013 workers’ compensation law.

The court’s 7-2 decision says the opt-out act’s provision “creates impermissible, unequal, disparate treatment of a select group of workers,” and is unconstitutional. The ruling comes two years and two days after Dillard’s employee Jonnie Vasquez was injured while working at a Dillard’s. 

Anthony McDermid, architect with TAP Architecture, stands in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart Supercenter at 1801 Belle Isle Blvd. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma lawmakers are hearing arguments Tuesday between architects and building designers.

State law exempts many commercial and residential buildings from needing an architect, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Charles Lord, senior hydrologist with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, explains the modified and expanded emergency orders issued Sept. 12 to oil companies in response to  the 5.8-magnitude earthquake over the Labor Day weekend.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Federal and state regulators on Monday expanded and modified emergency orders limiting oil and gas activity at wells near a fault line that produced Oklahoma’s strongest earthquake on record.

Regulators are targeting 67 disposal wells in two counties near the damaging 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked the state over the Labor Day weekend.

Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City. As with Children’s Mercy, part of the community support for building an MLS stadium in Oklahoma City would likely include a public finance package.
Courtesy Photo / The Journal Record

Major League Soccer says it's only looking for four more teams at this time, and Oklahoma City isn't on the league's short list of expansion cities.

But Energy FC co-owner Bob Funk Jr. still thinks MLS will have more than 28 teams in the future, including one in Oklahoma City. The five cities on MLS’ short list for expansion are Detroit, Miami, Austin, San Antonio, and St. Louis, The Journal Record’s Molly Fleming reports:

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., left, talks with the committee's ranking member Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 16, 2015.
Evan Vucci / AP

Oklahoma officials and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations spent 5 years hammering out a deal to share control of water across southeast Oklahoma, but coming to an agreement isn’t the end of the process. A fickle U.S. Congress still has to give its approval.

Before Scott Kopytko joined the New York City Fire Department, he worked as a commodities broker in the South Tower at the World Trade Center. On Sept. 11, he rushed up the stairs of his old office building, trying to save lives with his fellow firefighters before the towers fell.

"He went to work, and he never came back," says his stepfather, Russell Mercer.

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