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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's newly elected governor is naming several prominent GOP-connected business people and professionals to lead his transition team as he prepares to take office in January. Republican mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt announced on Tuesday the names of nine members of his transition team that he's dubbed "Oklahoma's Turnaround Team." The group will be led by Norman attorney Marc Nuttle, a longtime Republican Party insider.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - REI plans to open its first store in Oklahoma next fall. The outdoor retailer announced Tuesday that the 23,000 square-foot store in Oklahoma City will offer quality gear and expertise for the region's recreational activities, including hiking and paddling. REI says the new store will employ nearly 50 people. Officially known as REI Co-op and based in the Seattle area, the chain operates 154 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, including stores in Texas and Kansas.
BEGGS, Okla. (AP) - Classes were canceled at an Oklahoma school district so students could attend funeral services for two students who were shot to death. Beggs Public Schools was closed Tuesday for the funerals of 16-year-old Kloee Toliver and her 18-year-old brother, Kayson Toliver. Okmulgee County deputies say Kayson and Kloee were both shot by their mother, 38-year-old Amy Hall, on Nov. 1 in their home about 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Tulsa.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City police say a man who robbed a cellphone store at gunpoint and was later fatally shot by officers was found by use of a tracking device he had unknowingly taken from the store during the robbery. Police Capt. Bo Mathews says in a news release that police were called to an armed robbery of the store at 5:37 p.m. Monday. Mathews says the tracking device led officers Drake Carder, Joshua Gershon and Corey Adams, who Mathews says opened fire when the man refused to drop his weapon.
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