StateImpact Oklahoma
5:02 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Oklahoma Officials Vow To Keep Fighting Obama Plan To Cut Power Plant Pollution

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday finalized its Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s attempt to cut carbon emissions from power plants by more than 30 percent nationwide.

Though just finalized, the plan has been in the works for two years, and Oklahoma officials have opposed it every step of the way.

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Education Issues
10:00 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Superintendent Hofmeister Talks Teacher Shortage and No Child Left Behind

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister
Credit ok.gov/sde/superintendent

Education reporter Emily Wendler spoke with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joy Hofmeister, about some of the more pressing issues in Oklahoma education.

At the top of the list was the teacher shortage, the new academic standards, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in Washington. 

The ESEA was last reauthorized in 2002 by then President George W. Bush, who renamed it the No Child Left Behind Act. This law was meant to make sure low-income students got the same education as everyone else. It implemented mandatory testing and rated schools and teachers based on those testing results. This has been a contentious issue for many educators across the nation—including Superintendent Hofmeister.  

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Station News
9:32 am
Mon August 3, 2015

UPDATE: Tulsa 107.5 FM Signal Outage

A burned portion of the cabling on the 107.5 FM tower in Ketchum.

UPDATE (July 31 at 4:02 p.m.): We have learned that our shipment should arrive on Tuesday. At that time, the technicians will begin installing the new cable, as well as taking down and rebuilding the tower. We're hoping to be back on-air at 107.5 FM by the following weekend. Thank you again for your patience.

UPDATE (July 27 at 4:18 p.m.): Our 107.5 FM tower has suffered a catastrophic electrical fire. The coax cables that run to (and up) the tower have been destroyed. This special size of coax cable is not readily available and will take 4 to 5 days to ship, followed by several days of installation and repair. We're looking at two weeks at the earliest before we're back on-air at 107.5 FM and early estimates are that this will cost KOSU upwards of $20,000 in total.

We have set up a special donation page for listeners wishing to specifically support this expense here.

Thank you again for your patience.

UPDATE (July 24 at 2:10 p.m.): Our engineers are ordering the parts necessary to repair the tower. We don't yet have an estimated time for the signal to be back live. When we do, we will update this post. Thank you for your patience.

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties in the Tulsa, northeast Oklahoma, and surrounding listening area. If you tune in to 107.5 FM or 107.3 FM, then you will probably notice radio silence.

Our engineers are on the scene with specialized technicians, working to get the issue resolved and programming back on the air.

This is an evolving situation, so we will keep you posted on all that transpires. In the meantime, you can listen to our streaming service here on kosu.org or on iTunes Radio.

Thank you for being patient and for your support of KOSU.

Headlines
8:38 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Headlines: OKC School Vacancies, Baboon Review & Gas Prices

Headlines for Monday, August 3, 2015:

  • Records show a Tulsa reserve deputy failed to get adequate training before going out on patrols. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City Public School recruiters are working to reduce vacancies. (NewsOK)

  • Privatization for the Tulsa County jail gets delayed indefinitely. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
9:47 am
Sun August 2, 2015

President Obama To Unveil Tough Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

A close carbon-fired power plant outside Helper, Utah.
George Frey Landov

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 10:18 am

Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

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US News
8:59 am
Sun August 2, 2015

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century.
Gerard Fouet AFP/Getty Images

It started so well. When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks.

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US News
6:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

Sgt. Barbara Johnson and Corrections Lt. Robbin Preston run the Tuba City Juvenile Detention Center on the Navajo Nation.
Laurel Morales NPR

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. And juvenile detention facilities around the country have a disproportionately high number of Native American youth, according to an Indian Law and Order Commission report.

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NPR Ed
9:03 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

White House staff walk into the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:15 am

The Obama administration Friday is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

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Headlines
8:17 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Headlines: Voter Registration, GED Tests & OU Football Rankings

Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2015:

  • The state of Oklahoma is changing its voter registration policies to avoid a lawsuit. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa officials are considering proposals to privatize the jail. (Tulsa World)

  • State and federal cuts to health agencies are affecting services in northeast Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:51 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Why Solar Energy is Growing Slowly in Oklahoma

Mary Fallin meets with a worker at a July 2015 event commemorating Oklahoma Gas & Electric's new solar farm in Oklahoma City.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.

SOLAR ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENT’

Lawmakers, local business and community leaders, and workers in hardhats on July 27 gathered beneath a tent to celebrate the opening of a new solar power project in west Oklahoma City.

The guest of honor, Gov. Mary Fallin, arrived in an electric Nissan Leaf and made a few short remarks.

Adding “solar power into our energy mix in our state is truly a great accomplishment and something I’m very excited to see,” Fallin said, before throwing a fake switch and ceremoniously “energizing” Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s new solar farm.

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