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What you heard on KOSU in 2012

Filed by KOSU News in Feature.
December 27, 2012

Wednesday, I highlighted the top stories of 2012.

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We try to do some pretty “out there” stories here on KOSU. The types of stories that stop and make you think, “Wait, what am I hearing?” (in a good way, we hope).

Some of the highlights:

Much of “August: Osage County”, featuring a star-studded cast, was filmed in northeast Oklahoma earlier this year, but Oklahoma’s movie history is more than that, “Twister”, and “The Outsiders”.

Oklahoma City’s Plaza District used a new website where people could literally vote for what they wanted to see in a vacant building, and allowed the results to shape the plan.

We didn’t forget about our friends in the agricultural industry. They, after all, do feed us. First, there was a bus that parks at the Shawnee Farmer’s Market, filled with the best of Oklahoma farms. And then there’s the Farm Bill. It still has not been resolved in Washington, despite it expiring a couple months ago. The comprehensive farm bill also includes food stamps, and the most recent proposal cuts $16 billion to that program over the next ten years.

KOSU also revealed a plan to commercially harvest castor beans in Red Rock, resulting in an emergency rule to prevent the proposal from moving forward.

Oklahoma City’s Stage Center has its fans, and its critics. But there’s no denying the building is unique, and grabs your attention as you walk, bike, or drive by it downtown. We laid out the history, both the fortunate and unfortunate parts, earlier this year.

Oklahoma is filled with unique places. Sometimes, you just have to make a couple phone calls to find them. I devoured a couple fried pies, went on a bat watch, and even got to play with some action figures. It was all part of our series this summer “Oklahoma Revealed”.

The Journal Record also exposed abuse and neglect inside Oklahoma’s state Veterans Centers, and M. Scott Carter, who first broke the story, talked with me about what might be next.

There were also plenty of opportunities to put things in perspective in 2012:

The tragic loss of Oklahoma State University women’s basketball coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna in 2011 inspired a former player to carry on their legacy in her own way.

Brian Allen took a different path, using music to heal his mental wounds from his time in Iraq.

Another tragedy, this time at Stillwater Junior High School, had Oklahoma State University students stepping up to help a grieving community. And in the process, they learned much about how to counsel those in need.

We also learned how pets can comfort those in hospice care, under a unique program called “Pet Peace of Mind”.

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What was your favorite story from 2012? What did we miss? What should we be covering in 2013? Give us a heads up in the comments, and thanks.

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