BC-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK
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PHOENIX _ After a campaign buoyed by teacher activism, Arizona’s new schools chief took office with a pledge to address the kind of grievances that led to school-shuttering walkouts in several states last spring, including Oklahoma. Kathy Hoffman, a 33-year-old school speech therapist, is among hundreds of educators being sworn into office following the (hash)RedforEd protests. She took the oath of office Monday. School administrator Melissa Provenzano, an Oklahoma Democrat elected to the state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives, said she plans to keep the focus on ensuring teachers’ salaries are in line with national averages. By Brian Skoloff and Carolyn Thompson. 700 words, with photos, video.
DENVER _ Colorado took a formal step to the left Tuesday with the inauguration of Democrat Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay governor whose overwhelming election victory and party’s consolidation of legislative control promise ambitious changes for energy and environmental regulation, health care and state-funded early childhood education. Polis plans to pursue funding for full-day kindergarten _ and, if he gets his way, universal preschool, modeled after an Oklahoma program. By James Anderson. SENT: 440 words, with photo. Will be updated.
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OKLAHOMA CITY _ The attempted murder-for-hire trial of an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time Libertarian candidate for governor has been postponed. Court documents filed Dec. 21 show a federal judge agreed to a defense request for more time to prepare and rescheduled the trial of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who goes by “Joe Exotic,” until March 12. Maldonado-Passage is charged with trying to hire someone to kill the operator of a Florida-based animal sanctuary. 250 words.
_ OKLAHOMA CITY-THREE DEAD _ Oklahoma City police say a home where three people were found slain is the same home where a woman was discovered dead less than a year ago in a still unsolved homicide.
_ PEARL HARBOR CASUALTY IDENTIFIED _ A sailor from Massachusetts who served aboard the USS Oklahoma and died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 has been accounted for.
OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma City looks to bounce back from a surprising loss to the Washington Wizards when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota will play its first game under interim coach Ryan Saunders. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts 7 p.m. CST.
LUBBOCK, Texas _ No. 8 Texas Tech, whose only loss was to Duke, looks for a 3-0 start in Big 12 play when the Red Raiders play No. 23 Oklahoma (12-2). UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m. CST.
STILLWATER, Okla. _ Oklahoma State tries to bounce back from a loss to rival Oklahoma when it hosts Texas. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game starts 6 p.m. CST.
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