President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence

In one of his last moves in office, President Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leaked a massive trove of military secrets to WikiLeaks. The former intelligence analyst's prison sentence has been shortened to expire on May 17, 2017, according to a statement from the White House. This commutation was issued along with 208 others, including one for Oscar Lopez-Rivera, who was part of a militant group that fought for Puerto Rican independence...

Read More

In one of his last moves in office, President Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leaked a massive trove of military secrets to WikiLeaks.

The former intelligence analyst's prison sentence has been shortened to expire on May 17, 2017, according to a statement from the White House.

An autopsy on an Oklahoma State University student from Texas who was found dead in a fraternity house says he died of alcohol poisoning and an enlarged heart.

The report released Tuesday by the state medical examiner's office says the death of 20-year-old Brandon Matthew Cavazos of Bedford, Texas, was accidental.

Headlines for Tuesday, January 17, 2017:

  • The regulatory record of AG Scott Pruitt faces close examination. (KOSU)

  • Trump’s Ed Secretary pick donated money to PAC supporting Oklahoma school choice candidates. (Tulsa World)

A new concert series known as the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is coming to the Oklahoma City Civic Center this Saturday night.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with producer Jason Michael Paul who tells us more about the experience.

The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses stats at 7:30 in the Oklahoma City Civic Center.

The Takeaway is coming to Oklahoma next week and will be broadcasting from KOSU's Oklahoma City studios for several days.

As they work with staff from KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma on stories affecting our state, they also want to hear from you!

What do you want to see from the incoming Presidency? What are your hopes for the future?

Call and leave a voicemail with your thoughts at 405-896-4329.

Ice Storm Wreaks Havoc In Midwest, Plains

Jan 16, 2017

From Oklahoma to Kansas to Illinois, many towns are reeling from this weekend’s ice storm. The tiny town of Beaver, Oklahoma, had an inch of ice; many trees are downed and the town is without electricity.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson hears an update on the storm’s impact from Jon Elfers, the city’s fire chief and Beaver police officer Travis Snowden.

The final few days before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office will be filled with a flurry of congressional activity, as the Senate holds confirmation hearings for eight more of his Cabinet nominees.

Most are expected to be fairly routine, but a few could be hot-button affairs, including hearings for Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos and Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

American Conservative Union / C-SPAN

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, walked back a legal fight to clean up rivers polluted by chicken manure after accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions linked to the poultry industry, campaign and court records show.

Betsy DeVos, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, has given millions in campaign contributions to politicians across the country.

Some of that fiscal muscle trickled into Oklahoma during the last election cycle through a pro-school-choice “Super PAC” that, notably, opposed so-called “teachers’ caucus” candidates in many instances. (The caucus arose out of many educators’ frustration over what they view as low education funding levels and teacher pay.)

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say they intend to investigate the allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. elections.

In a joint statement, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the committee and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice-chairman, said "we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States."

Pages

KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill.

Stream classical music via our partners at KUCO!

Education News

Betsy DeVos, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, has given millions in campaign contributions to politicians across the country.

Some of that fiscal muscle trickled into Oklahoma during the last election cycle through a pro-school-choice “Super PAC” that, notably, opposed so-called “teachers’ caucus” candidates in many instances. (The caucus arose out of many educators’ frustration over what they view as low education funding levels and teacher pay.)

The Oklahoma State Department of Education will invest $2 million dollars in career development programs over the next three years. This money comes from a grant, funded by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

The U.S. economy is projected to produce millions of high-skill, well-paying jobs over the next decade, but more and more kids are graduating from high school unprepared for college or a career.

So JP Morgan Chase is pumping $20 million dollars in to ten states to change that. Oklahoma is one of those states.

ok.gov/sde/superintendent

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is asking legislators for an increase of $220 million in funding next year, despite a projected budget shortfall.

On Wednesday, Hofmeister made her case for the additional funds—saying they are essential to keep up with a growing student population and increased health care costs. She also says schools desperately need new textbooks, and new teachers need more professional development. 

More Education News
A weekly two-hour show of Oklahoma music, from across the state. The show opens a window of Oklahoma music to the rest of the world.