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

Schools Condensing Schedule to Save Money, Attract Teachers

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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Headlines
8:40 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Headlines: Court Website, Prison Overcrowding & Oklahoma Museums

Headlines for Monday, July 6, 2015:

  • A free website to check out court information in Oklahoma is sticking around for now. (NewsOK)

  • A grand jury investigation of Tulsa’s Sheriff is getting put on hold one more time. (Tulsa World)

  • The State Ethics Commission wants to crack down on late fees for campaign finance filers. (Tulsa World)

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Politics
3:47 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

An American flag flies over the U.S. Supreme Court June 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This past term, the liberal position won in 19 of the 26 closely-divided ideological cases and eight out of 10 of the most important ones.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 9:51 am

It was a historic term, a surprisingly liberal term — and a nasty term.

That's the essence of the tea-leaf reading about the U.S. Supreme Court term that just concluded. Astonishingly — though the court is dominated by conservative justices — the liberal minority, disciplined and united, drove the direction in a startling number of cases, while the conservatives splintered into multiple factions.

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The Two-Way
8:13 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

U.S. Women Win World Cup Final 5-2, After Spectacular Start

To the delight of American fans, Carli Lloyd of the United States scored a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the FIFA Women's World Cup Final against Japan on Sunday.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 7:52 am

The U.S. team won the Women's World Cup final 5-2 in a game that brought U.S. fans to their feet, reduced polished sportswriters to all-caps expressions of awe and rewrote FIFA records — and that was just in the first half.

The game began in spectacular fashion: In the first five minutes, captain Carli Lloyd scored two swift goals — the fastest two goals in FIFA history, according to the FIFA Women's World Cup Twitter account.

Just a few minutes later, Lauren Holiday brought the score up to 3-0.

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US News
5:24 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:22 pm

As President Obama promised, a new rule would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

Many workers say it's a welcome change. But businesses say employees could see negative, unintended consequences.

Barrett Zenger has managed a music store in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the past seven years, where he oversees two dozen employees, stocks inventory and fills in for sales clerks who call in sick.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:54 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Oklahoma Attorney General Sues EPA (Again) Over Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed another suit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. This time he’s going after the federal Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions at coal plants, as BloombergBusiness’ Andrew M. Harris reports:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:05 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Man-Made Earthquakes: Fact or Fiction?

The team at Reveal produced a nifty video on Oklahoma’s earthquake surge that shows, with entertaining visuals, the science of “induced seismicity” — the scientific mechanism that explains how disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry can trigger earthquakes.

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11:48 am
Thu July 2, 2015

The Sad, Sweet Songs of Oklahoma’s John Moreland

The Wall Street Journal recently published an excellent profile of Tulsa musician John Moreland.
As he introduced a tune titled "You Don't Care For Me Enough to Cry" at a recent New York City club date, Oklahoma singer and songwriter John Moreland told the audience something he'd learned about the song: "It's too sad for Dallas-Fort Worth morning television."
StateImpact Oklahoma
11:12 am
Thu July 2, 2015

As Communities Prepare for New State Fracking Rules, One City Will Wait and See

Sarah Nichols / Flickr

Gov. Mary Fallin signed controversial legislation in May outlawing municipal bans on fracking and other oil and gas activities. Officials in some communities are re-examining their local drilling ordinances to comply with the law, which goes into effect later this summer.

One city in southeastern Oklahoma, however, isn’t budging.

MEET ‘ORDIE’

When McAlester Mayor Steve Harrison first heard state lawmakers were writing a law to end citywide bans on fracking and drilling, he contacted his state representative. He then called local leaders in other cities and, later, penned a protest letter to Fallin.

It didn’t work. The bill was signed into law May 29. Harrison’s final move was writing a eulogy, dubbed “Requiem for an Ordinance: 1974-2015.”

“Ordie, as I like to call him, never caused trouble for anyone while he was here. Leastwise, I never heard a complaint,” Harrison says, reciting the sarcastic ode, which was published in the mayor’s newsletter.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Headlines: Ten Commandments Repercussions, OKC Student Discipline & Drive-In Movies

Headlines for Thursday, July 2, 2015:

  • The leader of House Republicans says the Ten Commandments decision by the state Supreme Court won’t be taken lightly. (Tulsa World)

  • More than 50 new laws took effect in Oklahoma on the first day of July. (AP)

  • A bill to remove court clerks from issuing marriage licenses could return next year. (Journal Record)

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