Around the South for Apr. 4: OK, FL & AL

Oklahoma: Teachers reject $6,100; walk out. Joining similar movements in West Virginia and Kentucky, teachers across Oklahoma journeyed to the state Capitol in Oklahoma to demand a $10,000 raise, plus a $5,000 pay hike for other educational employees. The legislature passed, and the governor signed, a $6,100 raise, but teachers said nothing doing. They cite that education funding in the state has declined 30% in the last decade, reports the Washington Post ……. Florida: Corcoran a big spender in governor’s race. House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R), still an unofficial candidate for governor, has spent $3.8 million, mostly on TV ads, more than any other Republican in the race. He has gone through some 58% of the money he’s raised, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The only contender to outspend him so far is Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who has raised $10.1 million, nearly $4.6 million of his own money. Levine is worth about $100 million from the cruise ship industry ……. Alabama: Lawsuit against Moore proceeds. Montgomery Circuit Judge Ronan Shaul has ruled that a defamation lawsuit brought by Leigh Corfman, one of the women who accused former US Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) of sexual misconduct, may go forward. The suit is one of several brought by women allegedly victimized by Moore, reports the Washington Post …….