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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he arrives to introduce his wife  Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.
Evan Vucci / AP

On the eve of Oklahoma’s presidential primary in March, KGOU gathered a group of undecided voters for a program we called "Super Tuesday Speed Dating." We found five undecided voters and put them in a room with surrogates from seven presidential campaigns, and our voters peppered them with questions.

As the Republican National Convention enters its third day, we decided to check back in with the GOP‐leaning voters from the program.

The control tower at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate delegation has filed a bill to keep air traffic controllers in the industry after retirement, working as full-time instructors.

As The Journal Record's Dale Denwalt reports, they can't make more than about $16,000 dollars in post-retirement jobs right now, but the bill would exempt income earned as a trainer:

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Aurora Lora proposes a revised KIPP charter school expansion plan during a July 18, 2016 board meeting.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

After months of debate, board members of Oklahoma City Public Schools voted to expand KIPP Charter Schools at Monday night’s meeting. But the expansion will not go as originally planned.

KIPP currently runs a middle school out of F.D. Moon Academy, and has been fighting to extend its rigorous academic model within the district. The charter school proposed starting an elementary school in Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary and hoped to share space with Douglass High School as well. However, Superintendent Aurora Lora says a task force will do more research to decide the locations.

Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., addresses the delegates during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin spoke briefly during Monday’s opening of the Republican National Convention. Fallin serves as one of the co-chairs of the GOP’s platform committee, and says the party’s principles can change the way people think, and the direction of the country.

Mick Cornett, Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Oklahoma City speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett described success by GOP municipal leaders during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday afternoon in Cleveland.

Cornett said Republicans hold the top jobs from San Diego to Miami, including Oklahoma’s two largest cities. He said Republicans have held the Oklahoma City mayor’s seat for 29 consecutive years.

Charmian Conrad writes the day’s specials on a chalkboard at Pump Bar in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission ruled Friday that bars and restaurants can infuse drinks with vegetables, fruits, spices, and even cured meats. Members reached the decision without much discussion.

The ruling came after the owner of The Pump in Oklahoma City asked for an ABLE ruling following the arrest of his bar manager for having bacon strips inside a vodka bottle.

Workers repair a road in Oklahoma City, July 9, 2014.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Mayor Mick Cornett says the next iteration of the MAPS sales tax could be used to repair crumbling infrastructure in Oklahoma City, but reiterated it likely won’t come this year.
Voters will consider renewing Oklahoma City's general obligation bond in 2017, and a street development impact fee will also take effect.

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaking to thousands gathered at the Bandshell Stage on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on September 25, 2015.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Republican National Convention kicks off today in Ohio, and 43 delegates from Oklahoma are in Cleveland to select Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

Oklahoma’s Republican delegates are split proportionally. Ted Cruz received the most Super Tuesday primary votes, followed by Trump and Marco Rubio. Cruz earned 15 delegates, Trump has 13 and Rubio receives 12.

Hope Sutterfield is the Stephens County Republican Party chair and a bound Rubio delegate. Even though Trump wasn’t her first pick, she’s fine with supporting him as the nominee.

Nearly three years ago, Gov. Mary Fallin requested an investigation into allegations of fraud against the state’s largest virtual charter school.

State agents launched the probe of Epic Charter Schools and, about a year later, turned their findings over to the Attorney General’s Office.

Since then, no charges have been filed against Epic or its employees, and no announcement has been made about the case.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, talks with the media outside police headquarters in Guthrie, Okla, Friday, July 8, 2016. Lankford visited with police officers during a private meeting.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he thinks racial tension in this country could be improved if people intentionally spent more time with each other in their homes.

During a floor speech Thursday, the state's junior Republican Senator suggested what he called "Solution Sundays" – sharing a meal with a person or family of a different race once a week in order to have a greater dialogue about race in the country.

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