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Oklahoma state Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, gestures as he speaks during a public forum on earthquakes and fracking at the state Capitol on June 14, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, has dropped out of the race for Corporation Commissioner, which means incumbent Dana Murphy will win reelection to the regulatory post this fall.

In an email from his campaign Wednesday morning, Morrissette said his father’s death earlier this year affected him more deeply than he expected.

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

The Oklahoma City school district says seven campuses will start and end their classes later in the upcoming school year, which will save about $700,000 in transportation costs.

The Classen School of Advanced Studies will now start classes at 9:10 a.m., along with Capitol Hill, Cleveland, Horace Mann, Kaiser, Mark Twain, and Westwood elementary schools. School will let out at 4 p.m.

Aubrey McClendon watches an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Oklahoma City, Sunday, February 19, 2012.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The death of Oklahoma energy giant Aubrey McClendon left many questions about how his assets will be divided. One of the companies in line to claim part of McClendon’s debt says it wants to be notified before the estate sells any assets worth more than $1 million.

Wilmington Trust told the court that McClendon personally guaranteed nearly $500 million that hasn’t been paid off yet. Last month, the court ruled that McClendon’s business interests could proceed as usual, but Wilmington said it has a right to make sure the assets aren’t sold at less than fair market value.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren speak to reporters after the second day of the Big 12 sports conference meetings in Irving, Texas, Thursday, June 2, 2016.
LM Otero / AP

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a 7 percent tuition and fee increase for Fiscal Year 2017. It’s the largest hike for OU students since 2008.

OU President David Boren said during Tuesday’s Regents meeting that OU operates with $160 million less than it did in 2008, despite a 1,000-1,500 increase in the number of students.

The owners of this building at 1215 N. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City has requested an alcohol zoning overlay.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma City Planning Commission is reviewing a change to how the city oversees alcohol-selling establishments. The proposal could affect the timeline for bars and restaurants to open their doors, according to The Journal Record’s Molly Fleming:

Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger speaks during a meeting of the State Board of Equalization in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 20, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State agencies may see shallower cuts than they expected due to a current $166 million surplus.

That number could decline though, and after Monday’s state Board of Equalization meeting Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger wouldn’t guess how much money might be left over. Revenue collections aren’t complete for the month of June, the Sean Murphy with the Associated Press reports:

Mike McGrath speaks at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on April 21, 2016.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Native bees provide a valuable service to gardeners, and there’s no downside to giving them a welcoming home in the garden. That’s the message Mike McGrath, the host of public radio program You Bet Your Garden, brought during a presentation on April 21 at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City.

KGOU broadcast portions of McGrath’s presentation in coordination with International Pollinator Week, which runs June 20 to June 26.

State Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester
Provided / Oklahoma House of Representatives

State Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, and three of his House colleagues on Monday wrote a letter to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asking for his opinion on whether it’s legal for members of the state Water Resources Board to stay on the OWRB even after their positions have been eliminated.

Renegar wrote on behalf of Representatives Donnie Condit, Ed Cannaday, and Johnny Tadlock, all from southeast Oklahoma:

Bison on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear is on a mission. He wants the tribe to buy back as much land as possible in Osage County, where it owns less than 10 percent of the nearly 1.5 million acres it did in the early 1900s.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Michael Anderson inspects Henri Matisse’s “Self-portrait” before it’s hung on a wall for “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris”
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

A collection of 100 works of art by Henri Matisse and his contemporaries is now on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and it’s the only exhibition of its kind outside of Europe.

 

Careful curation

Museum Registrar Maury Ford pulls out a screwdriver and gives it a few quick pulls on the museum’s second floor earlier this month.

 

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