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10:00 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Oklahoma City Public School's First Day Back

Odaliz Soto, an Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher from Puerto Rico, addresses her kindergarten class.
Credit Emily Wendler / KOSU

Monday was the first day back in the classroom for the Oklahoma City Public School district. It was also a new beginning for 14 Puerto Rican teachers that the district recruited because of the lack of teachers in the state. 

Odaliz Soto's, one of the district's recruits, said she felt like she was already breaking down language barriers on her first day. 

Her kindergartners at Parmelee Elementary are mostly Hispanic, and speak very little English.

So Soto says everything twice.

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Headlines
8:15 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Headlines: Climate Change, Drug Forfeiture & OSU Sports

Headlines for Tuesday, August 4, 2015:

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
5:50 am
Tue August 4, 2015

The Changing Look of Our Heroes

Every generation has its share of heroes and idols in popular culture.

Over the decades they’ve changed for good or ill.

Jennifer Dennis-Smith looks at how we now see those we admire in this week’s Jen X.


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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:43 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Oklahoma Oil Regulator Slashes Disposal Well Activity in Shaky Region

An oil and gas operation in Logan County, Okla., in 2015.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma oil and gas authorities on Monday ordered the operators of 23 disposal wells in two counties to reduce the amount of wastewater pumped underground.

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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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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

President Obama Unveils New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

President Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House on Monday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 4:03 pm

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

President Obama formally unveiled his plan to cut power plant emissions — some two years in the making — calling it the "single most important step that America has ever made in the fight against global climate change."

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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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