This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

A Stay of Execution and a Plan to Raise Teacher Pay

  On This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the decision by Attorney General Scott Pruitt to ask for a stay of execution in the case of Richard Glossip and the plan by new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to give pay raises and add classes to the school year over the next five years.

Ryan, Neva and Michael also talk about bills expected in the upcoming legislature and the arrest of Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger,

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7:53 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Headlines: Anti-Gay Bill Killed, Flu Deaths & the State Budget

Headlines for Friday, January 30, 2015:

  • A state lawmaker pulls her controversial bill allowing businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. (Tulsa World)

  • New legislation is raising concerns among city leaders. (Journal Record)

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On Tap
10:34 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Talking Politics at January's On Tap

  This month's On Tap at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's historic Paseo District featured a wonderful discussion on the upcoming legislative session.

Our panel featured Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel moderated by KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross.

You can hear Ryan and Neva every Friday on This Week in Oklahoma Politics.

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Carless in OKC
9:53 am
Thu January 29, 2015

A new way to travel in OKC

  Big changes are coming to Oklahoma City for those without a vehicle or who want a fun way to travel downtown.

John and Elizabeth Tankard talk about the newest form of transportation in this week's Carless in OKC.

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7:54 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Headlines: Execution Stay, Agency Cuts & the Upcoming Session

Headlines for Thursday, January 29, 2015:

  • The US Supreme Court orders a stay in the scheduled execution tonight of Richard Glossip. (Journal Record)
  • The head of Oklahoma’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs forced to resign. (NewsOK)

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Local News
4:03 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Oklahoma Executions on Hold as US Supreme Court Reviews Drug

Executions are again on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state's request to postpone lethal injections while justices review a challenge over the use of a particular sedative.

The court on Wednesday ordered Oklahoma to halt lethal injections after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary stay.

The justices agreed Friday to consider the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.

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11:26 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Three New Music Shows Debuting This Week

When KOSU and The Spy teamed up in August 2012, KOSU station director Kelly Burley said that The Spy was providing "a vibrant venue for music genres that are completely underserved in our state."

With that in mind, The Spy and KOSU will launch three new music shows this week that will either take listeners on a new musical journey every week, celebrate new music and artistic endeavors in Oklahoma, or showcase funk, soul, and afrobeat.

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8:56 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Headlines: Pill Mill, Craigslist & Same-Sex Marriage

Headlines for Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

  • Authorities release details about an alleged “pill mill” in southwest Oklahoma City. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma City is moving forward with new downtown development. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma County authorities want to keep people safe who use Craigslist. (KFOR)

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3:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

A hospital bed is draped with a flag after a veteran died in the hospice ward at St. Albans VA in Queens, N.Y.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:32 pm

Ask Americans if someone in their family served in the military, and the answer is probably no. After all, fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve these days.

But ask if one of their grandfathers served, and you'll likely get a different answer. Between World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, millions of men were drafted into service — and both men and women volunteered.

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Around the Nation
3:25 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

Tony Simmons leads a group of Johns Hopkins University students on a "justice walk" in downtown Baltimore, during which they learn about public policy, providing services, and the connections between income inequality and health.
Gabriella Demczuk for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 10:57 am

This story begins an occasional series about individuals who don't have much money or power but do have a big impact on their communities.

Sometimes, the people you'd least expect are those who do the most. People like Tony Simmons, a homeless man in Baltimore who helps others get off the street. Simmons says he does it as much for himself as for anyone else.

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