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The 2018 Oklahoma Voters Guide is an effort led by the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma with involvement by Oklahoma Watch and other nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Lawmakers on Wednesday explored whether school districts could divert millions of dollars in utility cost savings into the classroom just by starting the school year later.

MUSKOGEE - Mark Deon Thompson was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, and the father of the woman who was killed said he hopes Thompson is convicted and serves life in prison.

The Oklahoma State Election Board announced Monday it has been notified by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors of a potential scam involving phone calls offering to register people to vote over the phone.

Among the five state questions Oklahomans will see tacked on to their general election ballots is a measure numbered 798, which would permit candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run on party tickets.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Schools statewide need more mental health counselors and officials should increase their use of student resource officers and add text tip lines to ensure they're better protecting against violent threats in public schools, officials told lawmakers Wednesday.

Two Enid area polls reveal a majority of residents favor a casino offering Class 2 and Class 3 Vegas-style electronic games along with blackjack, poker, and ball and dice games, according to the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians tribe.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan K. Zinke recently announced a $1.4 million distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Oklahoma for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

WASHINGTON - Placing a hand against the smooth, black granite for balance, 92-year-old John Cockrum stood on his toes and reached with his folded umbrella to point at a name high on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma officials announced Tuesday that they're expanding an employment, education and training program in an effort to get more of the state's food stamp recipients access to secure, well-paying jobs.

A McAlester man was being held Monday in the Pittsburg County Jail after allegedly starting a fire in an apartment with children inside the residence because his girlfriend "wouldn't talk to him."

McAlester police officers testified Tuesday about how they performed CPR on Emily Sizemore in a frantic effort to save the child's life after patrolman Colby Barnett ran into a pond in rural Krebs and carried her from the water where he found her floating in July 2016.

Unlike most states that have already legalized the drug, Oklahoma has not adopted any testing standards to protect patients buying edible medical marijuana products.

Oklahomans will be voting on five state questions during the Nov. 6 general election, including SQ 801, which if passed would allow local school districts to spend their building funds on operational expenses like teacher salaries.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, along with the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office and the Eufaula Police Department, will increase DUI patrols this weekend. These extra patrols will run from 4 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

AMARILLO, Texas - The Bureau of Land Management recently announced that $130 million generated from the 2017 sale and auction of crude helium from the Federal Helium Reserve is being transferred to the U.S. Treasury.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Members of the public have another way to share their input on the regulation and implementation of medical marijuana in Oklahoma courtesy of a new email address announced by the Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem-designate and the Oklahoma House Speaker.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite public opposition, a group of medical professionals Wednesday renewed calls for banning smokable forms of medical marijuana and again pressed for a new law requiring pharmacists to staff dispensaries.

When Misty Martin-Sullins was kidnapped and assaulted at gunpoint in January 2014 by her ex-husband and former Muskogee police officer, Mark Ridley Jr., the ordeal left her with crippling anxiety that affected her ability to work. 

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Though the Oklahoma Capitol itself isn't buzzing with activity, there is anticipation with the runoff elections Tuesday.

Candidates are hitting the airwaves, banging on doors, marching in parades and using social media to try to energize voters in hopes they'll return to the ballot box next week.

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Adair County has always had a reputation for growing marijuana, but it could soon be grown legally, and in huge amounts, if a proposal to raise hemp and medical marijuana gets off the ground.


But that controversy hasn't stopped the two Republican gubernatorial hopefuls from praising and aligning themselves with Trump ahead of the Aug. 28 primary run-off.

A district attorney on Wednesday said officials expect the number of driving under the influence cases to double as the state implements medical marijuana legalization.

 Facing a tight deadline to get recommendations in place, a new 12-member advisory committee Tuesday discussed how to make sure medical marijuana food products remain safe for consumption.

Despite promises to have a new execution protocol drafted by July, officials said this week that implementation remains unfinished with no planned date for executions to resume.

Marijuana supporters were bitterly disappointed and angry Tuesday, after the organizers of a movement to legalize recreational marijuana admitted they lied about the initiative's success.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials said Tuesday they plan to enforce any existing state and federal laws that prohibit marijuana users from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Charles Dancer spent all of Tuesday on the stand in the preliminary hearing of four people charged in the 2016 death of an inmate at Garfield County Detention Facility.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. made his sixth trip to the United States-Mexico border Tuesday, and discussed a new bill making it's way to the U.S. Senate and conditions of detention facilities at the border.

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One thing's for certain in the upcoming election for Oklahoma's 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives: Republican incumbent Markwayne Mullin has a lot more funding to work with heading into November's general balloting.

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While the price of gasoline fluctuates nearly every day, the average price in Oklahoma has risen over the past year, forcing those who need to travel daily to either pay up, or start walking or cycling.

Oklahoma Policy Institute, in response to the critical needs in Oklahoma's mental health care and addiction services, has announced a new fellowship program to prepare early-career professionals to become highly competent advocates for impactful policy reform.

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