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OKLAHOMA PRIMARY RUNOFF-EDUCATION
OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican voters in Oklahoma already have booted a dozen Republican legislators from office, many of them targeted by the education community for failing to support a tax increase used to give school teachers their first raise in a decade. Six more House members lost their jobs Tuesday in an election that could foreshadow the influence that educators have on elections. By Sean Murphy. 500 words, pursuing photos.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Rep. Ron DeSantis’ Florida governor campaign says his comments about Democrat Andrew Gillum that have drawn criticism were directed at policies and not the candidate. DeSantis won the GOP nomination for Florida governor Tuesday. Gillum would be the state’s first black governor if elected in November. DeSantis told Fox News that Gillum was an “articulate spokesman” for “far left views.” But he said that, in his words, “the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.” Elsewhere, GOP voters in reliably Republican Oklahoma backed mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt in a runoff for the gubernatorial nomination. By Julie Pace and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1,070 words, with photos, video.
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— PRIMARY TAKEAWAYS. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,060 words, with photos.
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EASTERN OKLAHOMA-COAL PLANT
POTEAU, Okla. — The future of an independent coal-fired electricity generator and its about 100 employees in eastern Oklahoma is looking bleak in the face of cheaper power. The Oklahoman reports that the AES Shady Point plant in Le Flore County could close as soon as January. 250 words.
— KILLING BY POLICE-TULSA — A white Oklahoma law officer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man says a “critical incident” class that she’s been criticized for teaching isn’t just about officer-involved shootings.
FBC--MISSOURI ST-OKLAHOMA ST
STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State will finally unleash new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ attacking 4-2-5 defense against Missouri State on Thursday night in the season opener. Knowles was the defensive coordinator at Duke for seven years before joining the Cowboys staff during the offseason. Duke ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring and total defense last season. By Cliff Brunt. 600 words, with photos.
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs have signed Quincy Pondexter, adding a forward in the same week veteran star Manu Ginobili announced his retirement. The 6-foot-7 Pondexter spent last season with the Chicago Bulls, averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes in 23 games. The seven-year NBA veteran out of Washington has averaged 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes over 302 total games with Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago. SENT: 120 words.
OKLAHOMA CITY MEMORIAL MARATHON-COURSE CHANGE
OKLAHOMA CITY — Organizers of the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon say they are changing the race’s course to reflect development of new public projects in the downtown area. Race officials said Wednesday that the 18-year-old marathon has outgrown its traditional space and will expand the race and its finish line south of the downtown area to reflect development of a new streetcar system and a downtown park. SENT: 130 words.
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