Headlines
7:42 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Headlines: Open Records, Cold Beer & Muslim day

Headlines for Friday, February 27, 2015:

  • A bill that some say would have gutted the state’s Open Records Act is getting pulled. (Journal Record)
     
  • An Oklahoma City school gets closer to naming a new mascot. (NewsOK)

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February On Tap
12:44 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

How Do You Solve a $611M Shortfall?

The State of Oklahoma is facing a $611 million dollar shortfall in the 2016 budget year which starts July First.

On Wednesday, February 26th, KOSU held its monthly On Tap series to focus on how to deal with the deficit at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's historic Paseo District.

Our panelists included Oklahoma Council of Public Affair Executive Vice President Jonathan Small and Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt.

The event was moderated by KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross.


The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

At the start of a meeting to decide the issue of net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (center) holds hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn (left) and Jessica Rosenworcel at the FCC headquarters Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 6:27 pm

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet."

The Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

"Today is a red-letter day," Wheeler said Thursday.

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Carless in OKC
9:15 am
Thu February 26, 2015

A Look at Bicycle Sharing

Bicycle sharing is becoming a popular way to reduce driving populations in cities across the U.S., including a new system in Oklahoma City.

John and Elizabeth Tankard explain how this new program is especially helpful for people who choose to go Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

StateImpact Oklahoma
9:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Right To Farm Possibly on a Ballot Near You

  Oklahoma voters have at least a year before seeing for and against state questions on the ballot in November 2016.

But you might want to get used to hearing this phrase now: right-to-farm.

StateImpact’s Logan Layden has more on the divisive national issue that’s made its way to Oklahoma, and pits agriculture against environmentalists and animal rights activists.

“In Missouri, the right-to-farm campaign featured reasoned, but pointed arguments from soothing voices and acoustic guitar. “

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Headlines
8:05 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Headlines: Muslim Headscarf, Cattle Rustling & JD McPherson

Headlines for Thursday, February 26, 2015:

  • The US Supreme Court is considering the case of a Tulsa woman who was not given a job for religious reasons. (NewsOK)

  • Chesapeake Energy releases its 2014 fourth quarter earnings to mixed results. (Journal Record)

  • A state House committee narrowly passes a bill to increase fines for cattle rustlers. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Bombing Anniversary Stories
4:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Your Stories: The OKC Bombing 20 Years Later

The 20th anniversary of one of the most horrendous acts in Oklahoma's history will be a time of remembering and reflecting. The April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City represents the worst act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil, but it also represents a community responding in a way many hold as the gold standard. 

Oklahoma Public Media Exchange partners including KOSU and KGOU are teaming up to present a comprehensive collection of stories to mark the anniversary, and we need your help. We all remember exactly where we were that day, whether we were in high school or just sitting down to work.  We're looking to tell the story of our collective experience, especially stories that and untold or undertold?

Where were you that day?  Did you feel or see the detonation? Where were you when you heard the news? How were you called upon to help in the aftermath? How were you affected? Do you have a friend or neighbor who has an amazing story that tells the experience in a way that we all need to hear.

If you are willing to share your memories and stories from that day and the impact on your life, we'd like to hear from you. You can share your story on this specially dedicated site, and we may contact you later for more information.  We'll also be recording listeners' recollections on a specially dedicated phone line -- (405) 325-8700 -- and sharing them on the air and online. If you know someone with a story to tell, please encourage them to call, too.

Code Switch
3:21 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Supreme Court Looks At Abercrombie & Fitch's Hijab Discrimination Case

Samantha Elauf was not hired by the preppy retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf during her job interview, which the company said conflicted with its dress code.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:27 pm

A closely watched case before the Supreme Court Wednesday could have big consequences for religious rights in the workplace. It involves Abercrombie & Fitch, the preppy, mall-based retailer, and a young Muslim woman who wore a headscarf to a job interview at the company seven years ago.

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Cracking Down on Frivolous Laws

Every year, seemingly more and more unusual pieces of legislation get introduced by Oklahoma lawmakers.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis-Smith makes some suggestions on how to get a handle on them.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional.

Headlines
7:53 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Headlines: Conversion Therapy, Hydrocodone & Swag

Headlines for Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

  • A bill protecting so-called gay conversion therapy moves out of committee. (NewsOK)

  • A Texas-based holding company sets its sights on a bank west of Oklahoma City. (Journal Record)

  • Senators say no to a bill to allow for chemical castration. (NewsOK)

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