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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State officials say an effort to place recreational marijuana on the ballot in November has fallen more than 20,000 signatures short. Secretary of State James Williamson announced Monday a count by his office determined supporters of the initiative gathered nearly 103,000 signatures for State Question 797. The group needed more than 123,000 signatures to qualify the proposed constitutional amendment for a public vote.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Frontier Airlines says it has suspended a pilot accused of threatening on Facebook to harm a 12-year-old transgender girl for using the girls bathroom at her Oklahoma school. Frontier spokesman Jonathan Freed said in a statement Monday that the pilot was suspended Aug. 13 pending an investigation into the alleged threats against the student in Achille. He says the Denver-based airline doesn't condone discrimination, but he declined to release further details, including the pilot's name.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The University of Oklahoma says its vice president for research is stepping down to prepare for a confirmation hearing after he was nominated to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology. The university said Monday that Kelvin Droegemeier will take a leave of absence without pay upon U.S. Senate confirmation for the job. Droegemeier served as vice president for research and the regents' professor of meteorology at the university.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A suspended Oklahoma City officer has been ordered to face trial in the on-duty fatal shooting of unarmed suicidal man. The Oklahoman reports that a judge decided Friday to send 33-year-old Keith Patrick Sweeney's case to trial. Sweeney has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in last year's shooting death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. A police affidavit concluded Pigeon was unarmed and didn't pose a threat to officers when Sweeney fatally shot him.

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