The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Supreme Court Rules For Woman Denied Abercrombie & Fitch Job Over Headscarf

Samantha Elauf (right) stands with her mother, Majda, in February outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 4:53 pm

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

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11:56 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill to Prevent Towns, Cities and Counties from Banning Fracking

Gov. Mary Fallin at a state capitol press conference in Oklahoma City.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin on May 29 signed into law a bill preventing towns, cities and counties from banning hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas activities.

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7:55 am
Mon June 1, 2015

With No Teacher Pay Hikes, Schools Plan for Impact

As the summer break begins, Oklahoma public schools are weighing what flat budgets will mean for their ability to put enough teachers in the classroom in the fall.

The challenge arises from the Legislature’s decision not to increase K-12 funding because of a $611 million budget shortfall. The standalone budget for education means teachers will not get a pay raise and will remain some of the lowest paid in the country.

School officials worry that more teachers will leave the profession and teacher prospects will either seek jobs in other states or choose another career.

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7:12 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Headlines: Homeless Students, Prison Marriages & Pot Rally

Headlines for Monday June 1, 2015:

  • Despite a strong economy in Oklahoma, the state’s homeless student population is rising. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • State Colleges and Universities are facing cuts from the state budget. (NewsOK)

  • Bartlesville schools are preparing for budget cuts. (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

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Around the Nation
12:12 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Oklahoma Farms Grapple With Drought, Then Downpours

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Around the Nation
6:07 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Ceaseless Rain Hinders Search For Missing Flood Victims

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12:46 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Flooded With New Problems As Drought Ends

The latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Given the choice between the crippling drought of the past nearly five years and the ongoing threat of flooding Oklahoma farmers and ranchers are currently dealing with, Chris Kirby with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says she’ll take the rain every time.

“I’ve heard some people say, ‘well, I don’t want to complain about the rain, because the last time I did, it quit raining for six years,” Kirby tells StateImpact.

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5:00 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

While governor of Texas, Rick Perry refused to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 12:12 am

Dallas's Parkland Hospital treats a lot of people without health insurance. On a November day in 1963, emergency room doctors at this county hospital frantically tried to save an American president who could not be saved. These days, emergency room doctors frantically try to treat 240,000 patients every year.

"So you can see we have every treatment area filled up. Beds are in the hallways and the rooms are all full," says Dr. John Pease, chief of emergency services.

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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

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Education

A recent study conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Education found that teacher quality varies 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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