Academic Standards
5:13 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Your Chance to Review New Academic Standards

After months of development, the Oklahoma State Department of Education has released drafts of new proposed education standards

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Tue July 7, 2015

In Final Vote, South Carolina Senate Moves To Take Down Confederate Flag

Confederate flag supporters gather at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia; the state's Senate voted Tuesday to take down the flag. The issue will now head to the House.
Sean Rayford Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:30 am

In a required third vote, South Carolina's state senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from its prominent place flying on the Statehouse grounds. The final tally was 36-3. The House will now take up the issue, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

In both the Senate and the House, a vote on removing the flag will require a two-thirds majority. The bill under consideration would move the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:50 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Dressing for the Right Occasion

There was a time when a dress code actually meant something, and individuals regulated themselves to make sure they were dressed properly for certain events.

But, as Jennifer Martin reflects in this week’s Jen-X, that seems to be waning.

Jennifer was a museum professional before kids. Now she spends her time as a mother and active Girl Scout volunteer.

8:39 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Headlines: More Rain, Tulsa Sheriff Town Hall & Frisbee Golf

Headlines for Tuesday, July 7, 2015:

  • Periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected through Wednesday. (Tulsa World)

  • More delays on I-35 as crews plan to set off explosives to prevent future rock slides. (NewsOK)

  • Rain is taking its toll on adventure businesses. (Journal Record)
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US News
12:24 am
Tue July 7, 2015

For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

Kyra Brooks, 8, strokes her mother's head. After years in and out of various programs, McClellan finally received a permanent housing voucher for the apartment she and her three children live in now. That means she has to pay up to 30 percent of her income in rent, but there's no time limit, unlike in the rapid rehousing program.
Lexey Swall GRAIN for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 10:53 am

More than 150,000 U.S. families are homeless each year. The number has been going down, in part because of a program known as rapid rehousing, which quickly moves families out of shelters and into homes.

But new research by the Obama administration finds that for many families, rapid rehousing is only a temporary fix.

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9:02 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

The Mornin' Ain't So Beautiful For This Dark 'Oklahoma!' Production

Damon Daunno (Curly) and Amber Gray (Laurey) star in director Daniel Fish's experimental retelling of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Cory Weaver Courtesy of Bard College

Oklahoma! was the first musical that the celebrated team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote together. On the surface, it tells the story of a young woman (Laurey) deciding whether to go to a party with a dangerous, lonely farmhand (Jud) or a nice, young cowboy (Curly).

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:32 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

State Seismologist Austin Holland Leaves Oklahoma For USGS Job In New Mexico

Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist Austin Holland.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm developed over the past few years, State Seismologist Austin Holland’s work days got a lot longer. That’s the main reason Holland is leaving his position in Oklahoma to be a supervisory geophysicist at the Albuquerque Seismic Lab.

From The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies:

“I have averaged about 80 hours each week for the 5 1/2 years I’ve been here,” Holland said Monday in an emailed statement. “I want to change my work-life balance, and this opportunity is a good way to do that.”

Since Holland came to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the state has seen a rapid increase in earthquakes, some of which have been linked to disposal wells used for produced water from oil and gas activity.

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Here & Now
6:24 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Reforesting After Fracking: Working To Restore Pennsylvania's Drilled Land

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 6:24 pm

While most of the attention on the impacts of fracking has focused on things like drinking water, air pollution and earthquakes, state regulators in Pennsylvania are working on another less-discussed, but no less serious, side effect of oil and gas development: forest fragmentation.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:21 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Record Rains Leave Oklahoma’s Inland Seaport Damaged And Dangerous

The Webbers Falls Lock and Dam in May 2015.

The McClellan-Kerr Navigation System that connects the Port of Catoosa — the nation’s furthest inland seaport — to the Gulf of Mexico is “a hell of a mess” after the area got nearly 20 inches of rain in May and June, port director Bob Portiss tell’s the Tulsa World.

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Four Day School Week
11:14 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Schools Condensing Schedule to Save Money, Attract Teachers

Flickr/Alvin Trusty

For a lot of schools, the road ahead is a bumpy one. District superintendents are juggling flat budgets with increasing costs. Getting teachers to work for the meager starting salary is also a struggle. So, how are they making it work? 

What if your kids went to school four days a week- instead of five?

A couple Oklahoma school districts are switching to the shortened schedule next year in an attempt to recruit teachers, because they’re struggling to do so otherwise.

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