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MOVING on Saturday, Aug. 25.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas built $2 billion in prisons between 1989 and 1996, but a budget crunch helped launch bipartisan criminal justice reform measures in 2007 that have allowed the state to close eight prisons in the past seven years and dramatically reduce its incarceration costs. Lawmakers in Texas say their efforts offer lessons for Oklahoma. Pickup from The Oklahoman. 250 words.



MOVING on Sunday, Aug. 26.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma voters head to the polls Tuesday for runoffs to pick who will represent their parties in November general elections. The biggest ticket is the GOP race for governor, featuring former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt. There are also runoffs for state attorney general and congressional seats. By Sean Murphy. 500 words.


For use Sunday, Aug. 26, and thereafter.


STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University's Museum of Art hopes to provide a space with activities that inspire people of all ages. Museum officials say its exhibitions and activities offer anyone in the community chances for both introspection and communication. It hosts a schedule of temporary exhibits combined with permanent exhibits and ongoing public events. By Michelle Charles, Stillwater News Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 429 words.


TULSA, Okla. — A former Oklahoma legislator reflects on how politics have changed since he was in office. Larry Ferguson, now 80, served nearly 20 years in the Oklahoma Legislature starting in 1985. Back then, Ferguson said, most legislators identified more with where they were from than party affiliation. He said rural legislators seemed to stick together while the legislators from Tulsa and Oklahoma City were a group. By John Klein, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 929 words.


For use Monday, Aug. 27, and thereafter.


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Oklahoma students are learning the Cherokee language at an immersion school. As the years have passed, the number of Cherokee speakers has dwindled and there appears to be a gap between elders who are fluent in the language and the tribe's youth. Around 90 percent of the students at the Cherokee Nation's Cherokee Immersion Charter School come from homes without Cherokee speakers. By Grant D. Crawford, Tahlequah Daily Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 909 words.


STILLWATER, Okla. — A few hundred Oklahoma State University students will be housed in living-learning communities with peers who share a common interest or major. A new study conducted by OSU shows students who participated in the Freshmen in Transition living-learning program returned to campus for their sophomore year at a significantly higher rate than OSU freshmen overall. The study looked at program participants in 2014-15 and 2015-16. By Kathryn McNutt, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 684 words.

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