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News Brief: Facebook Reactions, Sam’s Club for small businesses and Tulsa Public Schools considers four-day school week

Headlines from Feb. 21-26:

After over a year of researching through studies, focus groups and observation of common comments and reactions to posts, Facebook rolled out a new feature this week: Reactions. Reactions are an extension of the Like button that give users more ways to share reactions posts including Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry.

  • New Sam’s Club in Oklahoma City to cater to small businesses (NewsOK)

The newest Sam’s Club location on May Ave in Oklahoma City is unlike the six other area Sam’s Club locations. The new store is geared toward small-business owners, with larger bulk-food items, paper and plastic products and even services like curbside pickup for Internet orders. The store is set to open to the public on March 3, but small business owners will be given early access on March 2.

  • Tulsa Public Schools considers four-day school week, eliminating school buses to meet next year’s budget (Tulsa World)

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist sent employees an email Wednesday evening laying out options for possible cuts to meet the district’s budget next year. In her email, Gist says the cuts for next school year likely will be between $7 million and $20 million. Options laid out for consideration to cut include a four-day school week, reduction in programs, larger class sizes, elimination of school buses – except for special education – and/or eliminating campus security.

  • Obama introduces plans to close Guantánamo to Congress (New York Times)

The Defense Department submitted a plan on Tuesday to Congress on closing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Since President Barack Obama took office, he has made efforts to close the prison, including the transfer of 147 of its detainees. Guantanamo has come to symbolize the darker side of the nation’s antiterrorism efforts, according to the New York Times.

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