This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Session Ends, Budget Issues & Drug Money

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and, sitting in for Neva Hill, Executive VP Jonathan Small about the end of the legislative session and impact of the budget passed by lawmakers.

The trio also discuss a bill which would change how drug money is handled through civil asset forfeiture and the move by Nebraska to abolish the death penalty.

Teacher Quality
8:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Oklahoma Study Finds Disparity Among Educators

A recent study conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Education found that teacher quality varies greatly by school district. But, it's something the department is working to change.

According to the research, schools with a high poverty, high minority student population are more likely to have inexperienced and less qualified teachers.

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Headlines
7:24 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Headlines: Jail Lawsuit, Cherokee Hunting & Indoor Skydiving

Headlines for Friday, May 29, 2015:

  • Oklahoma County might face a federal lawsuit over its jail. (NewsOK)

  • The leader of the House Democrats calls for a special session for state roads and bridges. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma National Guard helps a Muskogee County rancher feed his cattle stranded by recent flooding. (Muskogee Phoenix)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:12 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Plug-Back or Prove It: Oklahoma’s Anti-Earthquake Orders in Action

Oil-field workers use sledgehammers to unstick a pipe at the George saltwater disposal well near Wakita in northwestern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Two burly ben armed with sledgehammers take turns bashing a khaki-colored steel flange fastened to a pipe in the middle of a soggy, gravely lot near Wakita in northwestern Oklahoma.

The tangle of valves and fittings, called the Christmas tree, has to come off before Jay Storm’s crew can start their work in earnest.

“Everything is a little seized up this morning, so we’re having to manually try to get a couple different components separated by hand,” says Storm, completions supervisor for Tulsa-based Eagle Energy Exploration.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participated in a roundtable discussion at the Farnum Center in Manchester, N.H. earlier this month.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses. Mostly opiods like oxycontin and heroin.

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:59 pm

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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Here & Now
1:46 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Big Decisions Still To Come From U.S. Supreme Court

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:34 pm

There are only a few weeks left for the U.S. Supreme Court to announce its decisions in some pretty hefty cases they heard this term. Same-sex marriage, healthcare reform and the death penalty are just a few of the issues the justices will weigh in on.

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg talks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about impending Supreme Court decisions.

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Headlines
8:05 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Headlines: More Rain, Bridge Cuts & Food Porn

Headlines for Thursday, May 28, 2015:

  • Oklahoma braces for another weekend of rain. (NewsOK)

  • Heavy rain fall is instigating a juggling act just west of Tulsa. (KWGS)

  • Payne County is under the county and statewide disaster emergency declaration. (Stillwater News Press)

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Politics
5:52 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
Mike Simons Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 8:45 am

Nebraska's Legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails. But Americans overall still support the practice.

Support for the death penalty has slowly fallen over the past couple of decades, from a high of 80 percent in favor in the mid-1990s to just over 60 percent currently, according to Gallup.

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Around the Nation
5:32 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma Hangs On As Heavy Rain Continues To Soak Region

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

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