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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Oklahoma County led the country in oil industry job creation in 2015, according to a Headlight Data analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. On the other end of the spectrum, Washington County in northeastern Oklahoma ranked No. 6 in oil industry job losses.

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As Oklahoma schools prepare to start classes in coming weeks, they are dealing with the impact of having less money – fewer teachers, cuts in arts and music programs and tighter budgets for classroom supplies.

But according to state and local officials, the pain might be less if state and county governments took steps to ensure collection of school-related county taxes that are being lost because of incorrectly assessed property values.

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Sen. James Lankford R-Okla. arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
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Oklahoma's junior U.S. Senator is joining bipartisan criticism of Republican presidential nominee Doanld Trump's comments directed toward the family U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Khan’s parents spoke out against Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention, prompting several days of response from the GOP nominee. U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told Public Radio Tulsa when the New York businessman thinks something, he says it.

Firefighters stock a truck with supplies inside Oklahoma City Fire Department Station 1 after responding to an accident at NW 23rd Street and Classen Boulevard on Tuesday.
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On Tuesday the Oklahoma City Council set a special election for January 10 to resolve a million-dollar dispute with the local firefighters union.

That decision could cost taxpayers as much as $100,000. The council’s 6-0 vote set aside an arbitrator’s decision, which means they have to put a proposed contract with the firefighters to a vote of the people, The Journal Record’s Brian Brus reports:

Sixty-three years after Jim Thorpe's death, his sons still believe their father isn't at rest. Kurt Streeter wrote this in-depth look at the debate over where Jim Thrope should be laid to rest for ESPN The Magazine.

Trevo LLC President Mark] Stevens
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The FBI has found thousands of dollars from scam victims in an Oklahoma City company’s bank account, but they may not be in trouble.

The multi-level marketing company Trevo sells its nutritional supplement juices in dozens of international markets.

Late last month, the FBI seized $610,000 from scam victims that found its way into the company’s bank account, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Marq Lewis, of We The People, videos a speaker at a county commissioner's meeting, concerning Sheriff Stanley Glanz, in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, July 13, 2015.
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Tensions between law enforcement and the citizens they serve have increased in recent years, and the cycle of violence has led to loss of life for both citizens and law enforcement.

The recent shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have brought people out into the streets to protest against police brutality. In Oklahoma, the shooting death of Eric Harris in Tulsa led to the arrest and imprisonment of ex-reserve deputy Robert Bates.

Oklahoma's new academic standards
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School starts Monday for Oklahoma City Public Schools, and many more districts across the state will begin classes in the coming weeks. With the new year comes new academic standards, but the teacher training on these new standards may be compromised by tight school budgets.

“With the current budget situation, I’m not going to lie, our professional development budget was one of the first things that they cut,” said Shannon Thompson, the Dean of Academics for Moore Public Schools.

Color-coded ballots for each Oklahoma County district are pictured at the Oklahoma County Board of Elections in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 23, 2016. The ballots are color-coded according to party.
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Fifteen Libertarian candidates for state legislative and congressional races will join the party's presidential nominee Gary Johnson on the November ballot.

Oklahoma officially recognized the Libertarian Party in March, which allowed members and candidates to register as members and candidates for the first time, The Oklahoman’s Nuria Martinez-Keel reports: