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Oklahoma Lawmakers Consider Teacher Pay Hike

     Pressure is mounting on the Republican-led Oklahoma Legislature to broker a deal on taxes to pay for hundreds of millions in new education spending and avert a threatened strike of teachers next week.     Now the Oklahoma House has passed a sweeping package of tax hikes aimed at funding a teacher pay raise.     In a late-night session on Monday, the House voted 79-19 for the $447 million package that includes tax increases on cigarette…

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