Shots - Health News
9:16 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

The NuvaRing contraceptive ring can be used monthly to prevent pregnancy.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:15 am

How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut?

Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying.

People still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get birth control coverage they're entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Looking Ahead to the Runoffs

An all new season of This Week in Oklahoma Politics starts with your host KOSU's Michael Cross along with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill.

With the Runoffs coming up on Tuesday, Ryan and Neva talk about the Democratic race for Superintendent as well as the Republican and Democratic races for Congressional District 5 in central Oklahoma.

They also talk about news that Representative Joe Dorman raised $28,000 more than Governor Fallin in the latest reporting period.

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State Superintendent Race
7:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Education Professionals Vie for State Superintendent Democratic Nomination

John Cox (left) and Freda Deskin (right)

Starting this January, a new person takes charge of every public school in Oklahoma and an education system which appears to be in limbo.

The new state superintendent will manage a department tasked with creating new statewide school standards after common core was repealed.

He or she also faces a two year hiatus on Third grade reading retention and a controversial A through F school grading program.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Democrats still desperately want your vote for the job in the upcoming runoff.

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House District 89
3:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Runoff Winner Takes House Seat in OKC

Mary Sosa (left) and Shane Stone (right)

A runoff election in Oklahoma City will decide the winner between two Democrats as no Republican is challenging.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on House District 89.

The winner of Tuesday’s runoff is replacing term limited Democratic Representative Rebecca Hamilton.

Building Superintendent Shane Stone is keeping busy on the campaign trail after garnering 32% of the vote in the primary.

He says one of his favorite things he’s been able to do is park clean ups.

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Series: Oklahoma's Scenic Rivers
11:34 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Other States Have Outsized Influence in Oklahoma’s Scenic River Protection Policy

Bob Deitrick of Owasso stands along the banks of the Upper Illinois River at the Round Hollow public access point north of Tahlequah, Okla. The headwaters of this river are in Arkansas.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

This is part two of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part one is available here.

Bob Deitrick checks the snaps on his bright orange life vest, crouches and checks all the gear one last time. The Owasso father’s son and his two friends are behind him, impatiently paddling in circles.

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Education
11:18 am
Thu August 21, 2014

On Tap: What's Going On With Education in Oklahoma?

Common Core, high stakes testing, A to F grading of schools, teacher shortages… it’s hard to sort out what is going on in Oklahoma schools, and we’re in the middle of an election that is likely to change the direction again.  Join us for On Tap, where we’ll discuss with teachers, administrators and the Oklahoma Department of Education what has happened and what we can expect in our kids’ classrooms next.

The event starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 27 at Picasso Café located at 3009 Paseo Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.

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Election in One of Largest House Districts
8:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Republican Ranchers Campaign for Runoff Votes

Kenny Bob Tapp (left) and Casey Murdock (right)

A couple of ranchers are hoping to win a state house seat in one of the largest districts in Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the two Republicans hope to be the voice of the panhandle and northwest Oklahoma.

Fourth generation rancher Kenny Bob Tapp has been hitting the campaign trail since coming in second in the primary for House District 61.

Tapp says he’s been heavily involved in the Republican Party for the past ten years.

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GOP Candidates Face No Democratic Challenger
7:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

OKC Metro State Senate Race Ends on Tuesday

Stephanie Bice (left) and Mark Thomas (right)

The race to fill an outgoing state Senator ends on Tuesday during the runoff.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Oklahoma City metro area Republicans are running with no Democratic opponent.

Stephanie Bice of Edmond works as the Business Development Director at Smirk New Media in Oklahoma City

She says she’s been knocking doors in the new district redrawn in 2010 which includes parts of north Oklahoma City, Deer Creek, Piedmont and Yukon.

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The Race for HD88
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Another Democrat to Take OKC House Seat

Paula Sophia (left) and Jason Dunnington (right)

An Oklahoma City House District runoff between two Democrats will decide the new representative for the area with no Republican opponent.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the upcoming election in House District 88.

Former Oklahoma City police officer Paula Sophia and Oklahoma City University sociology professor Jason Dunnington are vying for Kay Floyd’s House seat.

Sophia, a transgendered candidate, says she spent the past two decades as a part of HD 88.

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Runoff Election
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Two Republicans Vying for Tulsa County Seat

Chuck Strohm (left) and Melissa Abdo (right)

A Republican runoff election for House District 69 in Tulsa County will determine a new Representative at the State Capitol.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports with no Democratic challenger, both candidates are touting their conservative principals to voters.

Electrical Engineer Chuck Strohm got 31% of the vote in June’s primary, but since then he has been endorsed by several different state conservative groups.

He says since the election he’s been getting out and meeting the voters.

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