2:02 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

The States That Spend The Most (And The Least) on Education, in One Map

The Washington Post looks at the variation in education spending across the nation and maps out per pupil spending by state. Oklahoma is currently ranked 47th in spending at $7,672 per pupil.
U.S. states' education spending averaged $10,700 per pupil in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but that average masked a wide variation, ranging from $6,555 per pupil in Utah to $19,818 in New York.
Local News
1:13 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Report: Oklahoma Leads Nation in Fatal Police Shootings

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White the recent shootings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice by police, and the shootings of Eric Harris and Nehemiah Fischer in Oklahoma, greater scrutiny has been given nationwide to how police interact with the public and when deadly force should be used.

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12:21 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

A Tragic End to a ‘Blessed’ Life After Oklahoma Roadside Rescue Goes Wrong

The Washington Post reports on the death of Nehemiah Fischer of Tulsa, who was shot dead after shoving an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman to the ground during a flood rescue.
Maybe if the fog on Hectorville Road hadn't been so thick. Or if the flood waters hadn't been so furious. Or if Nehemiah Fischer didn't have that shiny new handgun on his hip. Maybe then he'd still be alive.
JenX with Jennifer Martin
11:31 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Dealing with the Rain

The recent rains in Oklahoma bring mixed feelings for some.

While the ongoing onslaught of torrential downpours can be depressing, Jennifer Martin recognizes how equally refreshing the rain can be in this week’s Jen X.

Jennifer was a museum professional before kids. Now she spends her time as a mother and active Girl Scout volunteer.

Headlines
8:01 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Headlines: Storm Damage, Teaching Experience & New OKC Music Fest

Headlines for Wednesday, June 3, 2015:

  • Storms during the month of May leave behind at least $150 million in damages. (Reuters)

  • Lawton is cancelling plans to move forward with cloud seeding, after the wettest month in history. (NewsOK)

  • Muskogee County continues to have flood related water issues. (Muskogee Phoenix)

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Law
7:59 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Sons Ask Supreme Court To Resolve Jim Thorpe Burial Case

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Health
3:46 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills

In Cheyenne, Wyo., emergency room patients who show up more than a few times a month requesting pain pills will now be told no, except in dire emergencies. A similar program at a New Mexico hospital cut ER visits by 5 percent annually, and saved $500,000.
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Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 12:07 pm

Kimberley Enyart was never interested in doing recreational drugs. But then she was in a car accident — and her doctor prescribed a powerful opiate for the pain.

"It just would put me off in la-la land, and make me feel better," she says. "I loved it. I loved that high."

When Enyart's prescription ran out, she did whatever she could to convince other doctors that she needed more. Eventually, she moved on to dentists.

"I even had two back teeth pulled over it," she says.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

New Mix: Donnie Trumpet, Anna B. Savage & Destroyer

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we delve into the collaborative project Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, gaze upon the spooky vocals of Anna B. Savage, and romp along with Destroyer's chaotic take on rock.

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

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National Security
5:25 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Senate Advances USA Freedom Act, After Republican Leaders Fail To Amend Bill

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Senate Approves USA Freedom Act, Obama Signs It, After Amendments Fail

Kentucky Sen. and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has said the USA Freedom Act doesn't go far enough in reforming U.S. surveillance programs.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 9:48 pm

The Senate has approved the USA Freedom Act, which will alter the way U.S. agencies conduct surveillance and gather data. A final vote on the bill came late Tuesday afternoon, after amendments to the bill failed.

Update at 9:30 p.m. ET: Obama's Signature

Following an expedited enrollment process, President Obama signed the bill into law late Tuesday.

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