Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday.
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WATCH: Fallin Says Trump Can Restore Unity, Calm Americans' Fears During RNC Speech

Gov. Mary Fallin says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can end the country’s divisions and restore a sense of optimism. Fallin delivered a primetime address Thursday during the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She described Trump as a bold and courageous leader who speaks truth to power. “Our country has united time and time again on our core values of freedom, and individual liberty, and justice for all people,” Fallin said. “The principles which...
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Christmas lights still wrap the entrance to Sayre Memorial Hospital, which has been closed for five months. The nearest emergency room is now in Elk City, 14 miles away.
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The hospital in the small town of Sayre closed its doors in February after municipal trust authority members weren't able to renegotiate bond payments.

Rodney Redus of Oklahoma City votes at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics polling location in Tuesday's primary. Only 47 voters had cast their ballots at the site as of 2:30 p.m.
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The potential size of a so-called “teacher caucus” in the Legislature was significantly whittled down Tuesday after 20 current or former educators lost their primary battles.

Many of the candidates running on a platform of increasing state funding for public schools and teacher salaries were taken down by members of their own party and will not advance to November’s general election.

You can normally find Shawn Sheehan teaching math and special education in Norman, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City. But school's out for the summer and instead, he's knocking on doors.

One-by-one he's asking voters in the state's central Senate District 15 to cast their vote for him. He's running unopposed in today's primary as an Independent, and after the polls close he'll know his Republican opponent.

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A study by the group Metro Economics found Oklahoma City recovered from the Great Recession more quickly than the rest of the country. But there's still bad news for the state's economy, according to recent economic indicators.

Independent groups that seek to influence elections have spent more than $300,000 over the past five weeks on Oklahoma’s legislative and congressional primary contests.

Since May 19, $300,716 in independent expenditures have been made to influence results in Tuesday’s election, Oklahoma Ethics Commission and Federal Election Commission filings show.

Robert Bates, a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff’s deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year, is escorted from the courtroom following his sentencing at the courthouse in Tulsa, May 31, 2016
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Former Tulsa County reserve sheriff's deputy Robert Bates says he doesn't expect to survive his four-year prison sentence for fatally shooting an unarmed suspect during a sting operation last year.

Bates says he suffers from an enlarged heart, and that it's a "good possibility" he will die in prison. The 74-year-old former insurance executive was convicted in April of second-degree manslaughter for the April 2015 death of Eric Harris. He says he mistook his gun for his Taser.

Oklahoma state Capitol
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Oklahomans go the polls on Tuesday for a statewide primary. All of Oklahoma’s U.S. Congressmen face challengers from within their own party, and it’s the first test for many of the educators running for state House and Senate seats.

The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt and eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley joined KGOU’s Jacob McCleland in the Oklahoma Senate press gallery to talk about the upcoming primary.

 

 

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The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union sent stock markets around the globe tumbling. But managers of large funds in Oklahoma say they haven't felt the Brexit's aftershocks.

Bob Jones, executive director of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension System, told The Journal Record’s Brian Brus that’s because he is a long-term investor.

Amber England, the director of Stand for Children Oklahoma, calls the OCPA Impact legal challenge to State Question 779 a "delay tactic."
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Supporters of a ballot measure that would increase the sales tax in Oklahoma by one percent and generate about $615 million per year say a legal challenge against the proposal is simply a delay tactic.

The lobbying arm of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs filed the lawsuit Thursday, alleging the measure’s title and summary are inaccurate and misleading. But proponents of State Question 779 say the ballot measure is the only viable option on the table to raise teacher salaries.

Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 5, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.
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It was April 15, 2009, in the depths of the financial crisis. Elizabeth Warren was backstage at The Daily Show, about to make her national TV debut, but her head was not in the clouds.

It was in the toilet. She was throwing up.

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