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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A former University of Oklahoma dean is calling for the resignation of OU President Jim Gallogly after a video surfaced of a now-former student wearing blackface and using a racial epithet. The former dean of OU's College of International Studies, Suzette Grillot, asked Gallogly during a student rally Tuesday for his resignation, prompting students to erupt in applause. Grillot was fired last week as part of Gallogly's efforts to cut administrative costs.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine the identity of a burned body found by a hunter in southeastern Oklahoma. The OSBI says the body was found Monday near the unincorporated community of Cloudy in Pushmataha County, about 150 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The OSBI says the unidentified body is that of a man and has been sent to the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause and manner of death.
TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) - The chair of Oklahoma's House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee says the panel probably won't hear a bill that aims to end a $100 million state construction project and keep a veteran's center in a small southeastern town. The Oklahoman reports that Rep. Tommy Hardin and others advocated for relocation of the Talihina Veterans Center, saying the aging facility needs costly repairs and can't employ sufficient personnel because of its rural location.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport had a record year for passenger traffic in 2018. The Journal Record reports that 2.17 million passengers boarded planes, up 10 percent from 1.96 million in 2017. Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Services show Will Rogers Airport topping the nation's average for airline traffic last year, at least up to November. Officials say the growth speaks well of the local economy and increased route options.
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