This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Conversion Therapy, Open Records & Swag

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about the controversial bill to protect the practice of gay conversion therapy and a measure which would have allegedly gutted Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

The trio also discusses a push by former US Senator Tom Coburn for a constitutional convention to rein in the federal government and a call by the state Finance Secretary to look into cuts in travel and "swag".

Headlines
7:42 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Headlines: Open Records, Cold Beer & Muslim Day

Headlines for Friday, February 27, 2015:

  • A bill that some say would have gutted the state’s Open Records Act is getting pulled. (Journal Record)
     
  • An Oklahoma City school gets closer to naming a new mascot. (NewsOK)

  • Cold beer in liquor stores moves one step closer to reality. (Tulsa World)

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February On Tap
12:44 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

How Do You Solve a $611M Shortfall?

The State of Oklahoma is facing a $611 million dollar shortfall in the 2016 budget year which starts July First.

On Wednesday, February 26th, KOSU held its monthly On Tap series to focus on how to deal with the deficit at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's historic Paseo District.

Our panelists included Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Executive Vice President Jonathan Small and Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt.

The event was moderated by KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross.


The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

At the start of a meeting to decide the issue of net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (center) holds hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn (left) and Jessica Rosenworcel at the FCC headquarters Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:27 pm

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet."

The Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

"Today is a red-letter day," Wheeler said Thursday.

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Carless in OKC
9:15 am
Thu February 26, 2015

How Does Bicycle Sharing Work?

Bicycle sharing is becoming a popular way to reduce driving populations in cities across the U.S., including a new system in Oklahoma City.

John and Elizabeth Tankard explain how this new program is especially helpful for people who choose to go Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

StateImpact Oklahoma
9:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Right-to-Farm Legislation About More Than Agricultural Practices

Attendees listen as former Missouri state senator Wes Shoemeyer speaks against Amendment 1 at the Missouri’s Food for America sign-making event at Café Berlin Friday, June 27, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.
KOMUNEWS / Flickr

Oklahoma voters have at least a year before seeing ads for and against state questions on the ballot in November 2016. But you might want to get used to hearing this phrase now: right-to-farm.

It’s a divisive national issue that’s made its way to the Sooner State, one that puts agriculture at odds with environmentalists and animal rights advocates.

In Missouri, it was a fight between two sides that loathe each other. The right-to-farm amendment narrowly passed there in 2014, and not until after a recount. Part of Missouri’s constitution now reads like this: “The right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state.”

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Headlines
8:05 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Headlines: Muslim Headscarf, Cattle Rustling & JD McPherson

Headlines for Thursday, February 26, 2015:

  • The US Supreme Court is considering the case of a Tulsa woman who was not given a job for religious reasons. (NewsOK)

  • Chesapeake Energy releases its 2014 fourth quarter earnings to mixed results. (Journal Record)

  • A state House committee narrowly passes a bill to increase fines for cattle rustlers. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Bombing Anniversary Stories
4:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Your Stories: The OKC Bombing 20 Years Later

Flickr / katsrcool

The 20th anniversary of one of the most horrendous acts in Oklahoma's history will be a time of remembering and reflecting. The April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City represents the worst act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil, but it also represents a community responding in a way many hold as the gold standard. 

Oklahoma Public Media Exchange partners including KOSU and KGOU are teaming up to present a comprehensive collection of stories to mark the anniversary, and we need your help. We all remember exactly where we were that day, whether we were in high school or just sitting down to work.  We're looking to tell the story of our collective experience, especially stories that and untold or undertold?

Where were you that day?  Did you feel or see the detonation? Where were you when you heard the news? How were you called upon to help in the aftermath? How were you affected? Do you have a friend or neighbor who has an amazing story that tells the experience in a way that we all need to hear.

If you are willing to share your memories and stories from that day and the impact on your life, we'd like to hear from you. You can share your story on this specially dedicated site, and we may contact you later for more information.  We'll also be recording listeners' recollections on a specially dedicated phone line -- (405) 325-8700 -- and sharing them on the air and online. If you know someone with a story to tell, please encourage them to call, too.

Code Switch
3:21 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Supreme Court Looks At Abercrombie & Fitch's Hijab Discrimination Case

Samantha Elauf was not hired by the preppy retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf during her job interview, which the company said conflicted with its dress code.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:27 pm

A closely watched case before the Supreme Court Wednesday could have big consequences for religious rights in the workplace. It involves Abercrombie & Fitch, the preppy, mall-based retailer, and a young Muslim woman who wore a headscarf to a job interview at the company seven years ago.

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Cracking Down on Frivolous Laws

Every year, seemingly more and more unusual pieces of legislation get introduced by Oklahoma lawmakers.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis-Smith makes some suggestions on how to get a handle on them.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional.

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