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As Oklahoma Officials Resist, Utilities On Path To Comply With Pollution Cuts

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But Oklahoma’s largest electric utilities have a big head start cutting back on coal, and are already on their way to compliance. ‘RETIRED IN PLACE’ At Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s Northeast Station, near Oologah, workers are climbing all over the massive metal frame of a...
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This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a synth-pop track from Small Black, a collaboration from DJ Spinn, the late DJ Rashad and Danny Moore, and a guitar heavy track from Shunkan.

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

  This Week in Oklahoma Politics, it's been an historic, tumultuous and also tragic summer as the dynamic duo has been away on vacation, but now ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk with KOSU's Michael Cross about their picks for the top stories of the past two months, but first, the discussion turns to the biggest news of the week: the resignation of Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon after just three months on the job.

Headlines for Friday, September 4, 2015:

  • A petition for a 60-day stay of Richard Glossip’s execution gets hand-delivered Governor Fallin’s office. (News9)

  • Oklahoma’s chief attorney is heading back to court to defend the Ten Commandments at the Capitol. (Tulsa World)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and “God’s authority.”

Headlines for Thursday, September 3, 2015:

  • The head of the state Republican Party is quitting after just three months on the job. (Tulsa World)

  • GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio talks energy in Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

  • Presidential candidate Donald Trump leads in the Payne County GOP straw poll. (Stillwater News Press)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio traveled to Oklahoma City Wednesday to give a speech previewing his national energy strategy. The Florida senator’s plan centers on expanding the oil and gas industry and rolling back regulations championed by President Obama.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 2, 2015:

  • A legislative study of Oklahoma's asset forfeiture laws spans the state. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma City Council approves a new policy on police body cameras. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma City Council is trying to determine what to do with the Lantana Apartments. (Journal Record)

Advocates for overhauling Oklahoma's civil asset forfeiture laws say the current system is ripe for abuse and should be changed so that innocent people can't have their cash seized by law enforcement.

Several legal experts testified about shortcomings in Oklahoma's current law Tuesday during a hearing at the state Capitol.

But the changes are being fiercely opposed by prosecutors and law enforcement, both of whom directly benefit by receiving the seized proceeds. Supporters of the current law are testifying at a separate interim study at the Tulsa Police Academy.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

Students who get suspended in the Oklahoma City Public School district will now have an option: take the suspension and go home or go through a 10-day remedial program.

In the program, teachers will help the kids keep up with their work, as they go through character development classes and counseling.

“And so, instead of just sending them home, to sit at home, let’s keep ‘em in school, keep up with their academics, and then also teach ‘em some skills that they need to learn,” said Dr. Teri Bell, the district’s executive director of student support services.