Women advance in Oklahoma’s most crowded state Senate primary

In a state where only seven of 47 state senators are female, two women and seven men entered the District 30 primary. Both women and one man advanced.

Historically, few women run for Oklahoma’s Legislature. Those who do are elected at a significantly lower rate than men. But this year, more women ran. And almost as many women as men won in Senate primary races in which there were male and female candidates.

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Tiffany House high-rise reopens as retro Oklahoma City apartments

The story behind the name of the Tiffany House is a mystery, but after a developer “fell in love” with the 1960s high-rise apartment building, its future is not.

Developer Glenn Ferguson said that he could not stop looking at the 12-story building, originally constructed in 1966, every time he came to Oklahoma City. He finally purchased it in 2008 for $5.8 million, and after a $25 million makeover, it reopened last week as Tiffany Retro Apartments.

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Trade war threatens $208 million of Oklahoma’s exports

In President Donald Trump’s multinational trade war, an estimated $208 million worth of Oklahoma’s exports are in danger because of retaliatory tariffs.

Exports of meat — pork in particular — iron and steel pipes, and cotton are especially at risk in the state, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Oklahoma jobs — 401,000 of them — are supported by trade.

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Oil prices led to Oklahoma GDP increase in 2017

Oklahoma had a large increase in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2017 despite having the second largest decline in real personal income compared to other states in 2016.

Though the increase in GDP indicates positive growth and the decrease in real personal income indicates negative growth, both demonstrate the importance of the energy sector to Oklahoma’s economy.

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Search for David Boren’s successor: Several search committee members tied to prominent OU donor families

Several at-large members of the search committee choosing OU’s next president are tied to some of the university’s biggest and most prolific donor families.

The state of Oklahoma has led the nation in education funding cuts for the last five fiscal years, with appropriations decreasing by over $185 million since 2012. But as state funding has decreased, OU has found funding in more than $2.3 billion in gifts and pledges since President David Boren became president, according to OU Public Affairs.

Read the rest of the story here, and see a recap of my presidential search coverage here.

OU’s incentivized retirement program to leave history department with three fewer faculty members

OU’s history department will lose the most faculty members of any department this semester due to a retirement program intended to make up for state funding cuts.

The department, which is one of the largest with 37 faculty members, will lose three while most others lose one or none at the end of this semester, according to records from the Open Records Office. James Hart, the chair of the department, said it is “frustrating as hell.”

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OU President David Boren plans to continue teaching political science class after retirement

When OU President David Boren was little, he invited his whole class to his birthday party, including the banker’s daughter and the garbage man’s son. Despite their differences, they were all friends, Boren told his students in class one day, just as he was later friends with senators who did not share his political beliefs.

Hannah Perry, a creative media production sophomore, learned this inclusive mindset while taking Boren’s freshman political science class and will always remember it, she said.

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OU students struggling financially strive to succeed in school on empty stomachs

It’s 11 a.m., and she can already feel her stomach grumbling.

Joelle Glimp, a social work and professional writing junior, has skipped breakfast. Again. As usual, her food for the day consists of either a small peanut butter sandwich or some pasta she made herself. Maybe she’ll have dinner, but maybe she won’t. It’s gotten to the point where she can no longer finish a full meal.

Glimp fits in easily with other OU students — she is an inactive member in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma — but what separates her is an invisible affliction she faces daily: hunger.

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Here are some of the other stories I wrote for The Oklahoman and the OU Daily.