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Pro-Medical Marijuana Group Rallies at Oklahoma Capitol

A group supporting a state question to allow the medicinal use of marijuana in Oklahoma is rallying at the state Capitol. More than 100 people chanted "let us vote" during the rally Tuesday in the building's second floor rotunda. The group Oklahomans for Change wants elected officials, including Gov. Mary Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to know there is widespread support for legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Supporters also have been critical of Pruitt's rewrite of the...
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  Oklahoma City officials are celebrating a new initiative to show calories in non alcoholic drinks.

The "Balance Calories Oklahoma" partners the Oklahoma Beverage Association and Oklahoma Grocers Association with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

The new labeling will be found on vending machines, self-serve fountain dispensers and retail coolers in convenience stores, restaurants and other locations.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with OKC Mayor Mick Cornett about his thoughts on the new program.

Parker Millsap On Mountain Stage

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Oklahoma native Parker Millsap returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The singer-songwriter was brought up in the Pentecostal church, an experience that provided ample inspiration for his early catalog of songs. Influenced by Steinbeck's dust-bowl narratives, Millsap's religion-laced parables, character-driven stories and relationship tales are performed with the power and conviction of the preachers he witnessed growing up.

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An organization opposed to wind powerincentives says payouts could total $5.2 billion by 2030 if Oklahoma’s zero-emissions tax credit continues, “an amount the wind industry said is highly inflated,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports:

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A group supporting a state question to allow the medicinal use of marijuana in Oklahoma is rallying at the state Capitol.

More than 100 people chanted "let us vote" during the rally Tuesday in the building's second floor rotunda.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The brother of a man strangled to death while restrained by staff at the Caddo County Detention Center has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit alleging jailers used excessive force and failed to provide adequate medical care.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by Ancio Robinson, whose brother Darius Randell Robinson died on April 4 while being held at the jail located about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 31, 2016:

  • An ethanol error leads to the recall of hundreds of thousands of gallons of gas. (NewsOK)

  • New projections breaks down the amount a penny sales tax would bring to school districts. (NewsOK)

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The Denver Nuggets traded forward Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday for two second-round draft picks in 2017.

Lauvergne, a native of France, appeared in 83 games for the Nuggets, including 16 starts, averaging 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. He was the 55th pick in the 2013 NBA draft and made his debut for Denver late in the 2014-15 season.

With the move, ESPN's Royce Young predicts the Thunder to clear the log jam at power forward in a possible trade for a small forward.

President Obama shortened the prison sentences of 111 inmates Tuesday, including 35 people who had expected to spend the rest of their lives in federal custody, authorities told NPR.

Oklahoma election officials aren’t worried about a security breach after Yahoo! News broke a story indicating foreign hackers tapped into Arizona and Illinois online voter registration systems this summer.

Oklahoma City Public Schools

At the Oklahoma City Public School Board meeting on Monday night, the president of the teacher’s union, Ed Allen, called for one board member to step down, at least momentarily.

Allen believes board member Gloria Torres could have been involved in enrollment fraud at the Oklahoma City Community College, where she is the director of Community Outreach and Education.

According to The Oklahoman, two OCCC employees for Torres’s department were suspended with pay on August 11.

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Programming Changes Coming to KOSU

KOSU is continuing its 60th year of radio broadcasting in 2016, and I am proud to have been part of this station for more than a third of that time. As station director during past nine years, I have been privileged to stand alongside a great team of public radio professionals and listener financial partners to preserve and grow KOSU’s media services. Together, we expanded KOSU’s weekday national news programming, strengthened local news content through collaborations such as StateImpact and...
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KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools

At the Oklahoma City Public School Board meeting on Monday night, the president of the teacher’s union, Ed Allen, called for one board member to step down, at least momentarily.

Allen believes board member Gloria Torres could have been involved in enrollment fraud at the Oklahoma City Community College, where she is the director of Community Outreach and Education.

According to The Oklahoman, two OCCC employees for Torres’s department were suspended with pay on August 11.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

Oklahoma City Public School Board members approved a $180 million dollar bond proposal at a special board meeting on Tuesday. The bond will not increase taxes, and instead extends a bond that is set to expire.

Superintendent Aurora Lora said Oklahoma City Public Schools has dire basic needs throughout the district, and the new bond will address transportation, technology, and building maintenance issues.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

A new statewide survey found that at least 2,800 public school jobs have been lost to budget cuts this year.

The survey, conducted by The Oklahoma State School Board Association, showed that 1,500 of those jobs lost were teaching positions and 1,300 were support staff.

The OSSBA conducted the survey during the first two weeks of August. Districts representing about 83 percent of the state’s public school enrollment participated.

Other survey results show:

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