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University of Central Oklahoma student Raul Reyes.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Some Oklahoma City Cubans Have Mixed Feelings About Castro’s Death

University of Central Oklahoma student Raul Reyes sits at a piano in the practice room of the School of Music, his fingers gliding across the keys as he plays “Yolanda,” by Cuban composer Pablo Milanés.

“This song is very popular, but I don’t know if it is very popular here in the States,” Reyes said. “It’s slow, soft music. This song is really famous in Cuba, and probably in South America.”

Reyes grew up in Cuba. In his early twenties, he had a permanent gig in a Cuban...
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Oklahoma City skyline
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Oklahoma City Council To Consider Second Mid-Year Budget Cuts

Sarah Vap and her parents, Dave and Barbara Jacques on their farm and ranch in Osage County. The Jacques family strongly supports a 'yes' vote on State Question 777.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday soundly rejected State Question 777, a ballot measure that would have made farming and ranching a state constitutional right. The final tally was roughly 60 percent against and 40 percent in favor of the amendment — a difference of more than 290,000 votes.

The SandRidge Energy Inc. logo is seen on a vehicle parked at the company headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Over the past week or so Oklahoma City’s energy companies have been releasing their quarterly earnings reports, and some of the more interesting numbers came from SandRidge Energy. After the stock market closed Tuesday, the company reported a net loss of $404 million for the quarter.

Oklahoma and Cleveland counties both gave the LP ticket more than 7 percent of the vote, and 8.36 percent of Stillwater’s Payne County voted for the Libertarian nominee.
Dale Denwalt / The Journal Record

Every Libertarian candidate in Oklahoma lost on Election Day, but party chair Tina Kelly used words like "exciting," "success," and "momentum" to describe Tuesday. That's because the party cleared a major hurdle.

Capitol Hill Elementary School in south Oklahoma City.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Aurora Lora thanked voters yesterday for approving a $180 million bond issue.

"You know, it's been really wonderful. My phone was dinging all night with people just reaching out saying they're so happy for the school district,” Lora said during a news conference. “And for the teachers and students, just so that we're going to be able to address the issues that we've got, and really get focused on academics now.”

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson at the 'No on 777' watch party at Aloft Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday rejected State Question 777 — known by supporters as the right-to-farm amendment. The final vote was 60-40 against the measure, which would’ve elevated farming and ranching to a constitutional right.

November 9, 2016

This is from the Emerita Manager’s Desk. I’m very happy to report to you one last time, for one very important moment. It is my pleasure to introduce to you the new General Manager of KGOU Radio. You may know his name.

Dick Pryor will be the General Manager beginning Monday November 14.

I’ve known Dick for many years. He’s a great person as well as a great journalist. With his experience in public media and his affinity for the audience in Oklahoma and beyond, I know that KGOU is in good hands.  Dick, welcome to KGOU.

Contractors install a water filter at the Otoe-Missouria Tribe’s drinking water plant in Red Rock in spring 2015.
Provided / Heather Payne/Otoe-Missouria Tribe

About 250 Otoe-Missouria citizens can now safely drink tap water the tribe produces now that a nearly two-month boil order has been lifted.

September flooding brought a lot of dirt to Kaw Lake, which led to too much sediment in the tribe's water plant after the floodgates were opened to relieve the swollen reservoir. That led to the Sept. 23 boil order, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

A line forms outside the Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City shortly after 8 a.m. on Election Day.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across Oklahoma, and the State Election Board says nearly 1,000 extra pollworkers are manning precincts today. Several polling places throughout the metro had long lines, with some voters waiting for anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes Tuesday morning.

Shawn Sheehan, Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year and an independent candidate for the Oklahoma Senate, stands in his classroom in Norman, October 20, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Of the 17 Libertarians in Oklahoma who filed to run in Tuesday's election, only three have raised enough money to face campaign finance reporting requirements.

Across the state, campaigns have raised more than $34 million, but less than 1 percent have gone to Libertarians or independent candidates, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

McAlester's 4th Ward councilman Robert Karr stands in front of his home in Oct. 2016
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

After finishing up work at the airplane manufacturing plant where Robert Karr has worked for more than three decades, the McAlester city councilman drives his pickup truck around the town's 4th ward. Karr has lived in this area almost his entire life, save for six years when his family moved out of town.

 

His 4th ward roots are deep, and Karr knows his constituents well.

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