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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Oklahoma City mayor and gubernatorial candidate Mick Cornett is joining a marketing and public relations firm. The Oklahoman reports that Cornett will be working at Oklahoma City-based Jones PR in an executive counsel role and will specialize in business. Cornett says he'll be offering business perspectives and advice in his new role. Cornett served as mayor from 2004 to 2018 and is widely credited with helping bring the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team to the city.
ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a 39-year-old man with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his ex-wife in western Oklahoma. Custer County court records show Brandon Benevento was charged Monday in the slaying of 45-year-old Heather Benevento of Custer City. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says officers responded to reports of gunfire about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and found the woman in a vehicle in Arapaho. She had been shot multiple times and died at a hospital.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The sponsor of a measure proposing the use of Medicaid expansion funds to boost Oklahoma's private-insurance subsidy program says he's unsure if it will pass this session. The Oklahoman reports that Sen. Greg McCortney says lawmakers don't want to vote on the legislation until the details of how it will be funded are agreed. Sen. Julie Daniels says that she worries the proposal could trigger tax hikes and extending coverage to physically capable people would affect Medicaid's intended purpose.
SAYRE, Okla. (AP) - Investigators in western Oklahoma are questioning a man in connection with the deaths of two people that authorities believe are connected. The Beckham County Sheriff's Office say the man was taken into custody in Tulsa early Monday. Authorities say he is a person of interest in separate weekend homicides in Sayre and Elk City.
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