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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) - A current state representative has won the Republican nomination for a state Senate seat representing northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle. With all precincts reporting in Tuesday's special election, state Rep. Casey Murdock topped the six-candidate field. He'll go on to face Democrat Amber Jensen in a Feb. 13 special election. The seat came open when Republican Sen. Bryce Marlatt stepped down in September after he was arrested on a sexual battery charge.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first. The singer was on hand as the 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus Francesca made her first Oklahoma public appearance since moving from the San Diego Zoo. In 1953, the then-10-year-old Peevey sang the novelty hit, "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas."

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A campaign has been launched to create a tribute to Oklahoma's naval history featuring the USS Oklahoma City submarine. The Oklahoman reports that architect Don Beck will be presenting plans for the USS Oklahoma City Park to the city. The plans show the submarine surrounded by informational displays, a flagpole plaza and monument sign. The USS Oklahoma City submarine was commissioned in 1988.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - University of Oklahoma Regent Kirk Humphreys says he has no plans to step down from his post despite calls for his resignation after comments he made comparing gay people to pedophiles. Humphreys did not attend Tuesday's regularly scheduled regents meeting in Oklahoma City, where about 100 protesters showed up asking for him to resign. Humphreys told the Associated Press in an email Tuesday he didn't mean to compare homosexuality with pedophilia and apologized for his "lack of clarity."

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