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    University of Oklahoma student Traci Baker is only 20 years old, but she was recently elected as state secretary of the Libertarian Party. Baker's youth is remarkable on its own, but she's also the first transgender official of any party in state history, as well as the first transgender executive of a state party in the U.S. Baker grew up in Edmond and was interested in politics early on. 'I was inspired by the Ron Paul campaign in 2012, and that's what got me into Libertarianism,' she said. 'I was in high school when I did debate, and then I was in Youth in Government in the YMCA program. That's also when I started doing my first campaign.' Baker graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 2016 and moved to Norman to attend OU. 'I came out as transgender pretty much immediately upon moving to Norman,' Baker said. 'Norman has been immensely more supportive than Oklahoma at large or nationally.' Despite the support, she also has encountered people who were hateful or ignorant toward her gender identity, the Norman Transcript reported . 'I have had to deal with some limited individuals,' Baker said. 'I could count them on my two hands ... It's limited, but it does occur.' Negativity takes its toll, but she said surrounding herself with positive people and taking breaks from the internet, where the worst stuff happens, help her keep her morale up. 'I didn't grow up in the most supportive home environment. I'm used to being talked down to,' she said. 'I also have a really great group of friends. I'm on campus a lot, and campus is pretty supportive.' Baker has run for city council twice, both times losing to candidates with longevity in Norman. 'I learned one important thing about Norman,' Baker said. 'Norman rewards loyalty and people who stick around and make contributions to their community.' She said voters recognize candidates who are willing to be a part of the community and contribute long term. Even though she has yet to win an election, Baker said the local elections were a great classroom. 'I learned about Norman's municipal code and things that people were worried about, and I learned about economics,' Baker said. 'It was a very educational experience, and though I didn't win either time, I like to learn.' With federal, state and county filings coming up, Baker has been busy with party responsibilities. 'We've got three great candidates for governor and a candidate for state auditor, which Democrats don't have. So, that's pretty cool,' she said. 'We have some candidates for House and Senate seats, as well as a few running for Congress.' As secretary, she keeps the records and minutes. She also oversees social media and will issue press releases. 'I will continue to be the candidate liaison for the party,' Baker said. 'I equip them with the resources that they need to run and interact with them to make sure they know how to file for office.' She also works with candidates on campaign finance ethics and filing regulations and other knowledge they need to know while running for office. Baker said she's using her experience as a candidate and from working on other national campaigns to help other Libertarians running for office. 'I was a state executive for the 'Gary Johnson for President' campaign,' she said. 'Before that, I was delegate outreach for the John McAfee campaign.' Baker is working on a double major in political science and letters. ___ Information from: The Norman Transcript, http://www.normantranscript.com An AP Member Exchange shared by The Normal Transcript.
  • These Oklahoma lotteries were drawn Saturday: 15-20-30-33-34 (fifteen, twenty, thirty, thirty-three, thirty-four) 10-12-16-25-46, Star Ball: 6, ASB: 4 (ten, twelve, sixteen, twenty-five, forty-six; Star Ball: six; ASB: four) Estimated jackpot: $3.61 million Estimated jackpot: $96 million 1-3-2 (one, three, two) 40-50-54-62-69, Powerball: 19, Power Play: 2 (forty, fifty, fifty-four, sixty-two, sixty-nine; Powerball: nineteen; Power Play: two) Estimated jackpot: $142 million
  • The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Oklahoma Lottery's 'Cash 5' game were: 10-26-29-35-36 (ten, twenty-six, twenty-nine, thirty-five, thirty-six)
  • The winning numbers in Sunday evening's drawing of the Oklahoma Lottery's 'Pick 3' game were: 5-7-9 (five, seven, nine)
  • Oklahoma Forestry Services says widespread rainfall that soaked portions of western Oklahoma has helped firefighters contain two major wildfires that have charred about 549 square miles (1,422 sq. kilometers). Spokeswoman Jeannette Dreadfulwater said Sunday that the 34 Complex fire in Woodward County is about 85 percent contained. She says the fire has charred 98 square miles (254 sq. kilometers) in Woodward and Harper counties since it started on April 12. Officials say the Rhea Fire in Dewey County was almost 50 percent contained on Sunday after burning about 451 square miles (1,168 sq. kilometers). Dreadfulwater says rainfall on Saturday averaged about three-quarters of an inch (19 millimeters) across portions of western Oklahoma where the wildfires have been raging. Firefighters are concentrating on reinforcing firelines and dousing any remaining active fires.
  • Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, so he gets plenty of attention. Ricky Rubio just had a triple-double , earning him some time in the headlines. Donovan Mitchell has been great in his first three playoff games, so the fascination with the rookie star is only growing. It's easy to notice those guys. Rudy Gobert should be getting noticed as well. Utah is taking a 2-1 lead into their Western Conference first-round series against Oklahoma City on Monday night, and Gobert is probably as responsible for the Jazz being in that position than anyone. He's controlling the backboards, he's changing shots, he's thwarting Westbrook and he's showing why he's the likely Defensive Player of the Year. 'It makes the guards' jobs a lot easier,' Mitchell said of the French safety net with the 7-foot-9 wingspan who protects the rim for the Jazz. 'You feel more secure on the wing. ... The whole season, I've been saying if somebody gets by me, it's like, 'All right, go ahead, try it. Because I've tried it. And it doesn't work.' Westbrook probably would agree: He's 1 for 7 in this series with Gobert waiting at the rim for him. There's two Game 4s on the schedule Monday, with Houston at Minnesota leading off before the Oklahoma City-Utah game. The Rockets fell in Game 3 to the Timberwolves on Saturday, but still lead that series 2-1. Westbrook is not happy, and the reigning NBA MVP wasted little time in vowing that things will be different in Game 4. He was talking about slowing down Rubio, but he might be better served getting himself going again. Going back to the regular season, Westbrook hasn't shot better than 40 percent in any of his last six games — the worst such streak of his career. ___ Here's a look at Monday's games: ROCKETS AT TIMBERWOLVES Rockets lead 2-1. Game 4, 8 p.m. EDT, TNT. NEED TO KNOW: The Timberwolves bounced back from a 20-point loss in Game 2 with a sellout-crowd-inspired 16-point victory over the Rockets in Game 3 that was the franchise's first win in the playoffs since 2004. Jimmy Butler had 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were more aggressive than they were in Games 1 and 2. 'I felt like they outworked us, and that should never happen,' Rockets guard Gerald Green said. KEEP AN EYE ON: The Rockets shooting 3-pointers. They needed 41 attempts to make 15 behind the arc in Game 3, as many as the Wolves swished in 27 tries. Harden was just 3 for 8, his rainbows often drifting to the left, as the Wolves kept up what has been a better-than-usual defensive performance in this series. 'We're just making it harder on them, making them take tough shots and just trying to find ways to stop a high-powered offense,' Towns said. PRESSURE IS ON: Rockets center Clint Capela. After a 24-poin/t, 12-rebound production in Game 1, Capela had only seven points on six shots in Game 3. On the other end of the court, Towns finally got going after two bad games thanks in part to Capela's defense. The Rockets could use a strong response from the Swiss standout in the attempt to keep the Wolves from tying the series. INJURY UPDATE: Butler, who missed a total of 21 games this season due to trouble with his right knee, clutched his left ankle in pain after twisting it late in the first half of Game 3. He didn't miss any time, though, and didn't even acknowledge the injury when asked about it in his postgame interview. 'At the end of the day if you tell your mind it doesn't hurt, it doesn't,' Butler said. ___ THUNDER AT JAZZ Jazz leas 2-1. Game 4, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT. NEED TO KNOW: Utah has won each of its last five first-round series as the No. 5 seed, and the Jazz are halfway to extending that streak. The crowd in Salt Lake City was extremely loud on Saturday and will likely be again on Monday. The Thunder are 5-6 in their last 11 games, and no one needs to remind them of how low the success rate is for teams that go down 3-1 in a series. KEEP AN EYE ON: Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook from deep. Paul George has been great from 3-point range (15 for 31) in the three games, but Westbrook and Anthony are a combined 9 for 31. The Thunder need to get something going consistently from the perimeter to soften up Utah's stout interior defense. PRESSURE IS ON: Utah. Most would think it's the team trailing that would feel the most pressure, but Utah has a chance to take total command of the series. A loss would be doubly deflating; not only would the Jazz lose home-court, but they would go back to Oklahoma City for Game 5 with the Thunder thinking they have control of the matchup. INJURY UPDATE: Westbrook was getting treatment on some sort of upper-body issue in Game 3 and was coy about it afterward, pointing out that most players are ailing at this time of year. But if he's limited in any way, that's obviously a huge problem for the Thunder. ___ AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report ___ For more AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball
  • Police in suburban Oklahoma City say a man has died following a shooting at a family barbecue. Television station KWTV reports that the shooting occurred Saturday evening at a residence in Del City, located about 4 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City. Police responded to reports of a disturbance at the residence and officers heard gunfire when they arrived. Officials say a man was shot in the chest and died from the wound. The man's name was not immediately released. Officials say the shooting occurred when a suspect started fighting with the victim and allegedly shot him. The suspect was taken into custody but was not immediately identified. The shooting remains under investigation. ___ Information from: KWTV-TV, http://www.news9.com/
  • For the rest of April, the gazebo outside the Sequoyah County Courthouse will serve as a reminder to listen to those who say they have been sexually assaulted. Sequoyah County law enforcement and justice officials and residents met outside the courthouse on April 9 to light up the gazebo in teal in honor of victims and survivors of sexual assault, the Times Record reported . The gazebo was lit in the hope of underlining the importance of believing people who say they have been sexually assaulted, Sequoyah County sheriff's investigator Cindy Smith with the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office said. The event was held in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 'I want people to walk away from here understanding it does happen,' Smith said in reference to sexual assault. Smith said between one in three and one in four women will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. She also said a percentage of men, who are less likely to speak up about their experiences than women, are sexually assaulted at some point in their lives as well. On top of this, Smith said the United States also has 'a large number of people' who will experience sexual assault before they turn 18. She also estimated only 33 percent of all sexual assault cases are reported to authorities. 'It's very difficult for a sexual assault victim to come forward and make his or her report to start with. There are so many things he or she has to deal with to do that,' Smith said. She said potential factors for not disclosing sexual assault are fear of not being believed and fear of going through the entire process to convict the perpetrator. Laura Kuester, director of Help In Crisis in Sequoyah County, added that some also blame the victim for what he or she wears or how much he or she drinks in the case of sexual assault. She said this type of blaming is especially common toward women who choose to speak out about their experiences. 'All of these things still exist today,' Kuester said. 'That is not OK.' Though Smith said Sequoyah County officials have taken steps to mitigate sexual assault through measures like law enforcement-appointed advocates, officials at the event still emphasized the scope of the problem in their community. The Children's Safe Haven Advocacy Center in Sequoyah County, which mostly advocates for juvenile victims of sexual assault, has had 35 interviews with victims in a three-week period between March and April, according to Kuester. 'This event, like so much of combating this issue, is making enough people aware so they can see their own friends, family or extended family members who might be suffering, who might be victims, and getting them the resources they need,' said Will Cosner, an assistant district attorney for the 27th Prosecutorial District of Oklahoma. The gazebo lighting was preceded by Smith, Kuester and Stacy Slaughter, another assistant district attorney for the 27th District, speaking to the group who had gathered for the event. Those who gathered also placed pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is also observed in April, on the lawn next to the gazebo. 'All I'm asking you is to start by believing,' Smith told the audience. 'You may be the first step in them reporting that crime and starting the healing process.' Once the gazebo was lit, those attending the event marched throughout downtown Sallisaw with teal glow sticks in observance of the month. 'The information you really know, trust and believe comes from the people you know, trust and believe,' Cosner said. 'That's why we really would like to continue for (this event) to get bigger and to let this information spread so that people can start picking it up and using it in their own lives and their friends' lives.' 'Someday, we would love not to have an event like this, because we would have basically wiped out any sexual abuse or child abuse. Unfortunately, it still continues to happen, and maybe, with the public being aware of these types of things happening in our community, maybe they can start reporting them more, and we can do something to bring awareness and stop it in the future,' Slaughter said. ___ Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/ An AP Member Exchange shared by the Southwest Time Record.
  • Ricky Rubio waited seven years for a night like this. Rubio, who never reached the playoffs in his first six seasons with Minnesota, had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah's first playoff triple-double in 17 years to help lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. 'We were down by 10 ... and I just changed my mentality, trying to be more aggressive and make some shots,' Rubio said. 'We made a run and it helps a lot when you're making shots and it felt great.' At one point, Rubio walked toward half-court with his arms outstretched, drinking in the deafening roar and subsequent 'RU-BI-O! RU-BI-O!' chants from the fans. Donovan Mitchell added 22 points for Utah, which took a 2-1 lead in its first-round series with Oklahoma City. Rubio has never been known as a knockdown shooter, but his recent accuracy has opened new opportunities for his playmaking. 'Ricky attacked,' Utah coach Quin Snyder. 'He attacked, but with poise and he was making some shots. I thought he took good shots and it really stabilized our group.' The Spaniard has previously recorded five triple-doubles in his career and has played in big EuroLeague and Olympic games, but different than the energy and pressure of the NBA playoffs. 'He was on, in so many ways,' Mitchell said. Joe Ingles, who had 21 points, made two 3-pointers around two free throws to spark a 13-0 surge that ended on Mitchell's 3 to put Utah up by 20 points in the fourth quarter. The big run was just par for the course in a series characterized by large runs by one team, then countered by the other. Rubio's triple-double was the first by a Jazz player in the postseason since John Stockton in the 2001 playoffs against Dallas. 'Having my name next to his name is an honor,' Rubio said of joining the Hall of Famer in making franchise history. 'I have huge respect for him.' Paul George scored 23 points and Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and Raymond Felton each had 14 for the Thunder. Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and nine assists, just missing his ninth playoff triple-double but also had eight turnovers and shot 5 for 17. Rudy Gobert's dunk and pair of free throws capped a 9-0 run in the third quarter to give Utah an 84-70 lead. Minutes later, Rubio hit a running 28-foot 3-pointer to make it 89-75 entering the final period. The Jazz changed coverages on Westbrook throughout the game and surprised the perennial All-Star with different players in his expected passing lanes. Utah also outrebounded the Thunder 48-33 and seemed much quicker to the loose balls in the midst of a charged atmosphere. The Jazz's hustle plays energized the packed arena festooned in the colors of Southern Utah - red, orange and yellow. With Utah trailing 47-43, Rubio scored 10 consecutive Jazz points and his 3-pointer and subsequent three free throws gave Utah a 53-49 lead. Rubio, playing just his third playoff game in his seven-year NBA career, had 19 at the half and the Jazz led 58-53. The Thunder, shot 16 for 24 on field goals and 7 for 11 on 3s, to lead 45-33 on Westbrook's layup with 7:26 left in the second quarter. Asked if the Rubio might have an encore in Game 4, Westbrook defiantly declared that he would shut down any chance of that happening. 'Guarantee that!' Westbrook said. TIP-INS Thunder: Oklahoma City was outscored 30-14 after Adams sat down with his third foul early in the second quarter. ... Both Adams and Mitchell picked up their fourth fouls in the first half of the third quarter. ... Adams finished with two rebounds. ... The Thunder shot 14 for 28 from 3-point range. Jazz: Utah started the game by converting nine of its first 10 shots, then missed eight of the next nine. ... Royce O'Neale and George each got technicals for some pushing and words early in the fourth quarter. ... Carlos Boozer had the last triple-double for the Jazz in 2008, but it came in the regular season. ... Utah had 19 second-chance points to the Thunder's eight. INGLES REAPPEARS Ingles, who was a primary cog in Utah's offense as the Jazz got better and better throughout the season, was nearly invisible in the first two games against the defense of George. After only 16 total points and three assists in Oklahoma City, Ingles provided the offensive firepower down the stretch. 'I thought Joe just had a more aggressive mindset tonight,' Snyder said. 'Joe just threw himself into the defensive end as well. When you do that, your offense kind of comes more naturally.' WESTBROOK OUT OF SORTS? Westbrook didn't take a shot in the fourth quarter, but said he doesn't have any specific physical injury. Some of his eight turnovers happened when he was headed to the rim with Gobert looming. 'I'm getting in trouble jumping in the air and getting caught,' he said. Perhaps Gobert's defensive presence is making one of the game's most instinctive players think twice. 'I just try to make them think. Everyone in the league knows that I protect the rim. I know that they know,' Gobert said. FRIENDS Rubio arrived at the arena Saturday wearing a sweatshirt with the 'Friends' sitcom logo. A team that emphasizes 'connectivity', the Jazz moved in concert on offense and passes — even long skip passes — arrived in shooters' sweet spots ready for launch. In the postgame press conference, Rubio joked that he knew he was close to a triple-double, but Ingles missed a layup on purpose to thwart his effort. 'Luckily, I have Rudy Gobert on my team, too, and he made his shot,' Rubio said. UP NEXT Game 4 is Monday night in Salt Lake City.
  • George 7-16 6-6 23, Anthony 6-10 0-0 14, Adams 4-6 0-0 8, Westbrook 5-17 3-4 14, Brewer 3-6 2-2 9, Grant 2-6 3-7 7, Huestis 1-1 0-0 2, Patterson 3-3 0-0 8, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Felton 5-10 0-0 14, Abrines 0-2 0-0 0, Ferguson 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 37-78 14-19 102. Ingles 7-15 2-2 21, Favors 4-5 3-6 11, Gobert 6-8 6-8 18, Rubio 9-18 6-7 26, Mitchell 9-20 0-0 22, Crowder 2-5 0-0 4, O'Neale 2-3 1-4 7, Jerebko 0-0 0-0 0, Udoh 0-0 0-0 0, Stockton 0-0 0-0 0, Exum 2-4 0-0 4, Neto 0-0 0-0 0, Burks 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-80 18-27 115. 3-Point Goals_Oklahoma City 14-28 (Felton 4-5, George 3-8, Patterson 2-2, Anthony 2-4, Ferguson 1-1, Brewer 1-2, Westbrook 1-4, Grant 0-1, Abrines 0-1), Utah 13-34 (Ingles 5-10, Mitchell 4-7, O'Neale 2-3, Rubio 2-9, Burks 0-1, Exum 0-1, Crowder 0-3). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Oklahoma City 33 (Westbrook 11), Utah 48 (Gobert 12). Assists_Oklahoma City 17 (Westbrook 9), Utah 24 (Rubio 10). Total Fouls_Oklahoma City 23, Utah 20. Technicals_George, O'Neale. A_18,306 (18,300).
  • A 14-year-old girl was transported in serious condition on Saturday following a stabbing in Owasso. The scene happened near 103rd and 92nd Street North. Officers at the scene report the victim and another juvenile female were fighting.  During this time, a knife was introduced into the equation. The victim was stabbed multiple times.  Her name hasn’t been released.   KRMG's told the suspect fled the scene. No word if that person has been found and arrested.
  • A lot like Saturday, the forecast could ruin your outdoor plans in Tulsa today. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says conditions will be wet and cooler than normal. “We’re still expecting a pretty good chance of showers around during the day” McGavick said.  “The bigger story will probably be the continued cool conditions.” NWS is reporting the high will only reach around 60 degrees.  For reference, the normal high for this time of year in Tulsa is 73 degrees.   The rain is expected to stop Sunday night and we’ll mainly see cloudy skies.  Temperatures will drop to a low close to 51 degrees.  
  • It was a busy and emotional day on Friday in the courtroom during the Michael Bever trial. The 911 call was played and jurors heard from the surviving sister. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says the sister was able to testify from a separate courtroom and the jurors heard the testimony through a television. “I was very grateful to the court for the arrangements she had made to try and it make it easier on this young lady,” Kunzweiler said.  “I’m just glad that she’s been able to get through it.” During her testimony, Michael was seen crying on several occasions and putting his hands over his face. KRMG will continue to update the story as more information comes into the newsroom.  
  • If you have outdoor plans for today, bring an umbrella and be prepared to get wet. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says we'll see plenty of rain in Tulsa. “We’re expecting widespread showers, isolated thunderstorms,” McGavick said.  “The chance of rain is 100 percent.” It’s also going to be cooler than normal.  NWS is reporting the high will only reach around 57 degrees.   For reference, the normal high for this time of year in Tulsa is closer to 73 degrees.   Keep that umbrella handy Saturday night as well.  There is an 80 percent chance for rain and the low will be near 49 degrees.