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Elgin celebrates the 4A state baseball championship game over Blanchard at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Elgin celebrates the 4A state baseball championship game over Blanchard at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Good Monday morning! High school baseball championships were held over the weekend, which are always good for dogpile photos of elated students. Above is a photo of Elgin, who stunned Blanchard 7-6 to win the Class 4A state championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Tax repeal effort raises questions

The effort to repeal tax increases needed for across-the-board teacher pay raises has called into question how schools should proceed, so State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is asking Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter to sort out the matter, reports the Tulsa World.

Last week, Hofmeister sent Hunter a formal request for his opinion about whether schools must go ahead and increase teacher and school support worker pay, as required in House Bill 1023xx, before the outcome of a referendum petition drive to kill the new taxes to pay for those raises is settled.

In short, schools are worried they will be obligated for the raises without the state money to meet those obligations.

New principal in Enid - Enid Public Schools has named Tanea Artman as principal of Hoover Elementary School. EnidNews.com has more

Student pushes for state raptor

An Oklahoma fifth-grader lobbied for the state to have its  very own official state raptor: the red-tailed hawk.

“I wanted to do something in 4-H, and I was also really interested in the Legislature,” Ephraim Bowling said last week. “Making a state symbol seemed like a good thing to do.”

Ephraim reached out to his state representative, Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City, who helped guide him through the process of drafting, presenting and eventually lobbying for a proposed law.

Free school vaccinations offered

The Oklahoma Caring Van will offer all shots needed for school enrollment at clinics around the Oklahoma City area.

Shots are free for children who are at least six weeks old and are uninsured, eligible for Medicaid, or American Indian. Parents must be present and bring their children's shot records. Upcoming locations are:

• Guiding Right WIC office, 1429 NE 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday

• Hayes Elementary School, 6900 S Byers, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday

• Latino Community Development Agency, 420 SW 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday

• Citizen Potawatomi Nation WIC office, 2305 N Meridian, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday

• Putnam City district enrollment office, 5404 NW 41st, Warr Acres, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

That does it for today's Morning Bell. got a question, comment or story idea? Send an email to bfelder@oklahoman.com. 

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Elgin celebrates the 4A state baseball championship game over Blanchard at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Elgin celebrates the 4A state baseball championship game over Blanchard at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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