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Official won’t resign after pregnancy barb

OKLAHOMA CITY | An Oklahoma school board member says he won’t resign over comments he made to a pregnant woman hired to work at the state board of education.

Former state Sen. Herb Rozell told the Associated Press on Friday that he wouldn’t step down despite calls for him to do so from other lawmakers.

On Thursday, Mr. Rozell said a newly hired administrator would be “worthless” as a legislative liaison if she took maternity leave. His comments were made shortly after the school board voted to hire the woman to represent the Department of Education’s interests at the state Capitol.

Mr. Rozell said he didn’t mean to belittle the woman and that he hoped to speak to her soon.


Guard killed in prison chapel

MONROE | A guard at a Washington state prison has been found strangled inside the prison’s chapel.

Prison spokesman Chad Lewis said 34-year-old Jayme Biendl was found dead Saturday night in the chapel at Monroe Correctional Complex, where she worked.

Mr. Lewis said Sunday that an inmate, who had been missing during a routine count, was found in the chapel lobby and told officers he had planned to escape.

Monroe police are investigating whether that inmate or someone else strangled Mr. Biendl.

Teamsters 117 spokeswoman Tracey Thompson said Mr. Biendl, with the department since 2002, had complained to her union shop steward and prison supervisors about being the sole guard working in the chapel and feeling unsafe.

From wire dispatches and staff reports