Headlines
8:11 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Headlines: Doctor Shopping, Stillwater Drilling & Energy Jobs

Headlines for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill to crack down on prescription drug abuse. (NewsOK)

  • Two Stillwater city counselors say they got an ultimatum by energy lobbyists to delay a vote on a drilling ban. (Tulsa World)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

New Mix: Tidal, Sufjan Stevens & Eskimeaux

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the megastar-led subscription music streaming service Tidal, the personal inspiration of Sufjan Stevens' new album, and the forthcoming full-length debut of indie-pop band Eskimeaux.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

NPR Ed
8:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Live From Small Town America: Teachers Who Blog To Stay In Touch

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:53 pm

Katie Morrow became a teacher, among other things, because of wanderlust.

"I'm going to be a teacher because I can go anywhere in the world," she thought.

She's originally from a small town in Nebraska called O'Neill, population 3,700. "In the middle of nowhere, literally," she says.

So where did she end up teaching? Right back in O'Neill. She fell in love with a hometown boy and ended up at O'Neill's only public school. It's K-12, with 750 students.

Morrow teaches middle-school English; she's also a technology integration specialist.

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Headlines
7:24 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Headlines: Teacher Rally, Kansas Earthquakes & Tribal Gaming

Headlines for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

  • Thousands of educators rally at the capitol to get the attention of lawmakers. (NewsOK)

  • A change in plans for an Oklahoma City Convention Center isn’t keeping away companies wishing to build a companion hotel. (Journal Record)

  • The US Department of Justice is suing an Oklahoma university on behalf of a transgender teacher. (NewsOK)

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Controversy Continues Over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 5:57 am

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Education
3:46 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Revolving Door Of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year

Nearly half of all beginning teachers will leave their classrooms within five years, only to be replaced by another fresh-faced educator.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 4:57 pm

Every year, thousands of fresh-faced teachers are handed the keys to a new classroom, given a pat on the back and told, "Good luck!"

Over the next five years, though, nearly half of those teachers will transfer to a new school or leave the profession altogether — only to be replaced with similarly fresh-faced teachers.

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The Salt
2:42 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

A little booze can't hurt: The Hy-Vee grocery chain has added a Market Grille to several of its locations in the Midwest and Great Plains. You can order drinks and dinner before or after you do your grocery shopping.
Courtesy of Hy-Vee Market Grille

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:41 pm

If pushing a cart up and down the lengthy aisles of your neighborhood supermarket — past dozens of brands of packaged cereal and crackers lit by fluorescent lights — feels overwhelming and soul-sucking, you're not alone.

But there's some good news: The days of shopping this way may be numbered.

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US News
11:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Indiana GOP To Revisit Law; Paper Weighs In With Full Page Editorial

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (left) and House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, both Republicans, discuss their plans for clarifying the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a news conference today at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:19 pm

Update, 11:17 p.m. ET

The Indianapolis Star's editorial board is weighing in on the matter, rather loudly, in tomorrow's edition.

Update, 8:55 p.m. ET:

Two Democrat-dominated state governments, Connecticut and Washington state, joined the boycott against Indiana on Monday.

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Headlines
7:52 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Headlines: Teachers Rally, Lawton Drought & High Speed Internet

Headlines for Monday, March 30, 2015:

  • Oklahoma teachers are coming to the State Capitol today for the 2015 Brighter Future education rally. (Tulsa World)

  • A new poll shows support for a teacher pay increase. (Tulsa World)

  • A new FEMA rule could change the amount of grant money awarded to Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

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US News
7:33 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes

Frances Stevens uses a custom ramp leading to her van. An accident at work in 1997 left her unable to walk. She received full workers' compensation benefits until two years ago, when the insurer withdrew her medications and home health aide. Her lawsuit is a test of California's use of anonymous, independent medical reviewers.
Glenna Gordon for ProPublica

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:41 pm

Frances Stevens could have been a contender. She was training to be a Golden Gloves boxer and working as a magazine publisher in 1997 when 1,000 copies of the latest issue arrived at her San Francisco office.

"I'd just turned 30. I was an athlete. I had a job that I loved, a life that I loved," she recalls. "And in a second my life changed."

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