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This week's OneSix8 highlights live performances from two Grammy winners, an acclaimed comedian and the talented kids of Oklahoma City.

Renowned jazz pianist Peter Nero performs his concert: “For Art’s Sake: A Salute to Art Tatum” at the Armstrong Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 6.

Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rita Aragon
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Oklahoma’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Rita Aragon, suffered a "mini stroke" Tuesday, a spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Aragon, who has served as state VA Secretary for four years, has been hospitalized due to the health issue, Alex Weintz, Fallin’s Director of Communications, said.

“They are still doing tests,” Weintz said. “Governor Fallin has visited her in the hospital and is in communication with her family to monitor her progress.”

Jack Barrett, owner of the BDC Gun Room in Shawnee, Okla., shows off a new shotgun model popular with hunters.
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Nearly a quarter of a million hunters are set to grab their guns and stalk through Oklahoma’s woods when deer gun season opens the week before Thanksgiving, according to Micah Holmes with the state Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“There’s more deer hunters out in the woods on opening day of deer gun season than there is at Lewis Field, at the OU football stadium, and at the Tulsa football stadium combined,” Holmes says.

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Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford says he'll bring his biblical worldview to bear on problems like the national debt.

The two-term Republican congressman discussed his Senate goals Wednesday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Lankford said the Bible's book of Nehemiah stresses the importance of retiring debt and rebuilding infrastructure.

The senator-elect said he'll also work to protect the religious rights of all Americans, so they can practice their faith in their businesses and every part of life.

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller
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Oklahoma's state treasurer says falling crude oil prices could darken an otherwise bright revenue picture for the state.

Treasurer Ken Miller said Wednesday that state revenue was up almost 4 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago. Revenue during the past 12 months shows growth of almost 5 percent.

But Miller says collections from oil and gas production exceeded the prior year by only one-tenth of one percentage point and reflects recent lower prices.

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Republicans steamrolled to a clean sweep of federal and statewide offices in Oklahoma's general election, but the two GOP candidates with the closest ties to public education fared worst among statewide Republican winners.


Oklahoma Democrats were still deciding Wednesday whether to call on the governor to set a special election for a congressional race after their candidate died two days before Election Day.

Party Chairman Wallace Collins says he is waiting to hear from the attorney general's office and state election board before deciding on the party's next steps.

State law indicates that in the event of a candidate's death before an election, the governor is to set a special election.

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says, "I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell."

We'll update this post with news from the president's remarks, made in an hourlong news conference in the East Room of the White House on the afternoon after Election Day.

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana - June 18, 2011
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Republican former state Sen. Steve Russell defeated Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey Tuesday night in the race to fill the seat representing Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Lankford won election to the U.S. Senate to fill the expiring term of Tom Coburn. The open Fifth District includes most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties in central Oklahoma.