8:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Headlines: Texting/Driving Ban, Tax Cuts & Artists at the Capitol

Headlines for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Oklahoma officially bans texting and driving effective November First. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin is signing a bill banning the use of tobacco products in public schools. (AP)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Mix: Hop Along, Other Lives & Wet

Hop Along

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

Today, we hear the catchy, raspy-voiced rock from Hop Along, a slight shift in sound from Stillwater band Other Lives, and a dose of R&B and dance sounds from Wet.

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

10:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Two Bills Seek to Replace End-of-Instruction Exams with One Test. But What Test?

Representative David Derby (R - Owasso) authored House Bill 1622.
Credit okhous

There are two bills idling in the legislature that would address what many have called excessive testing in Oklahoma’s schools. But the two bills are fundamentally different.

School children in Oklahoma – and across the country—take quite a few tests these days.

Some believe - too many.

It was under this same premise that Representative David Derby wrote House Bill 1622.

"I got pulled in to the principal’s office, quite literally in Owasso, from one of the counselors there at the high school. And she said, Representative Derby, we are testing our kids too much."

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

How Should We Balance Fear In Our Kids' Lives?

As parents we try to protect our kids from some of the terrors of the world, but we also want to balance that out with not wanting to coddle our children.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Martin explains it’s not always easy.

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8:13 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Sheriff, Texting/Driving & Colorado Pot

Headlines for Tuesday, May 5, 2015:

  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he won’t resign, but also won’t seek reelection in 2016. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill allowing for shorter sentences in non-violent crimes. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin plans to sign legislation making it illegal to text and drive. (News9)

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Mon May 4, 2015

2 Armed Men Killed After Shooting Outside Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:16 am

Updated 4 a.m. ET Monday:

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports: Organizers of the contests for cartoons and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad had hired 40 off-duty police and security officers — including some members of local SWAT teams — in anticipation of the possibility of trouble. The evening, billed as a free-speech promotion, was nearing its end when two unidentified men drove up to the building and opened fire, wounding a security guard in the leg. The assailants were engaged immediately by law enforcement in a gunfight and shot dead in the parking lot.

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8:24 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Headlines: Session Ending, Hospital Closures and Norman Credit Card Charges

Headlines for Monday, May 4, 2015:

  • State lawmakers are getting closer to the end of the legislative session. (Tulsa World)

  • An Oklahoma Senator is raising concerns over a bond proposal to finish the Native American Cultural Center in Oklahoma City. (NewsOK)

  • As the legislative session nears its end a pay raise for teachers appears unlikely. (Journal Record)

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5:39 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2014.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:38 pm

The presidential hopefuls haven't spent much time so far with voters. Instead, they've committed many days to courting the millionaires and billionaires who can fuel a White House bid. And at the same time, activists on the left and right are seeking to redefine political corruption, which they believe this is.

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9:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:59 pm

Since Gen. Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.

So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise, which was taking place in Texas and several other states, everybody here looked up from their iPhones. What?

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Supreme Court Cases, Anti-Gay Bills & Tulsa Deputy

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talks about the two cases before the US Supreme Court: the execution drug Midazolam and same sex marriage.

The trio also discuss the only anti-gay measures to make it through the legislative process are heading to the Governor and the twists and turns in the case of the reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man.