WATCH: Fallin Says Trump Can Restore Unity, Calm Americans' Fears During RNC Speech

Gov. Mary Fallin says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can end the country’s divisions and restore a sense of optimism.Fallin delivered a primetime address Thursday during the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She described Trump as a bold and courageous leader who speaks truth to power. country has united time and time again on our core values of freedom, and individual liberty, and justice for all people,” Fallin said. “The principles which made...
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As Cities in Oklahoma Update Streetlights With LEDs, Doctors Warn About Road Ahead

Cities across the state are hoping to cut down their electricity and maintenance bills by updating street and highway lights with new technology. LEDs save energy and money, but doctors say the lights could have unintended health and environmental consequences. David Glabas opens the door and squints his eyes. At the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the laboratory is outside. Glabas, the agency’s assistant chief traffic engineer, cranes his neck and points to a tall tower. During...
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Billionaire Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm sharply criticized environmental regulations in a pro-Donald Trump speech on energy policy at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

The Continental Resources CEO's remarks came amid reports he would be named energy secretary if the Republican candidate is elected in November.

Less than 12 hours after he was booed for not endorsing GOP nominee Donald Trump during his late-night speech before the Republican National Convention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasn't backing down.

At an emotional event with the Texas RNC delegation Thursday morning, Cruz defended his decision to withhold his endorsement at a time when Republicans are trying to rally around their nominee ahead of the general election.

Herman "Mogri" Lookout is the master language teacher for the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

He's studied the language for forty years and helped revitalize the written portion of it by creating an orthography. Language teachers and experts from all over Native America say that an orthography is a way to reclaim your sovereignty.

Lookout also worked with developers to create Osage for Unicode. Because of that, Osages all over the world can write and text in the language.

Headlines for Thursday, July 21, 2016:

  • Fallin addresses the Republican National Convention tonight. (NewsOK)

  • Billionaire Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm talks about Energy. (Tulsa World)

For all those who view the nominating conventions of the major parties as overly scripted, predictable and boring, Wednesday night's session of the Republican National Convention came as a jolt.

The third night of this extravaganza had all the usual hoopla — plus a blackout on the jumbo screens, delegates screaming at each other, and a major presidential candidate getting booed off the stage.

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More than 372,000 pounds of hot dogs and corn dogs made earlier this month are being recalled over concerns of listeria contamination.

Tuesday was technically Donald Trump's night — he officially received the party's presidential nomination — but as it went on, the speakers at the Republican National Convention homed in on his rival, Hillary Clinton, and not what he would do as president.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 20, 2016:

  • Oklahoma gives Donald Trump 24 of its 43 delegates toward nomination. (Tulsa World)

  • Citizens raise concerns over recent decisions by the Oklahoma City Police Department. (KOSU)

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The U.S. government has announced it is removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say the removal didn't mean authorities had concluded the lesser prairie chicken didn't warrant federal protection for biological reasons.

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Citizens are raising concerns about recent decisions by the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, a Black Lives Matter Organizer, says she’s worried a move by the police to allow officers to carry their personal rifles ends the wrong message to the community.

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

Education News

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After months of debate, the Oklahoma City Public School Board voted to expand KIPP Charter Schools at Monday night’s board meeting. But the expansion will not go as originally planned.

KIPP currently runs a middle school out of F.D. Moon Academy, and has been fighting to extend their rigorous academic model within the district. The charter school proposed starting an elementary school in Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and hoped to share space with Douglass High School as well. However, Superintendent Aurora Lora says a task force will do more research to decide the locations.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools is still looking to fill more than 100 teaching positions before classes begin just two weeks from now on August 1.

District officials say they’re actively recruiting, and are partnering with the State Department of Education to find emergency certified teachers.

Here's a list of available positions.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools recently released a more detailed breakdown of its massive budget cuts. This breakdown was presented to principals during a “Back to School” meeting, and shows specifically how cuts could affect students next school year.

The district’s fine arts budget will be slashed by 50 percent, for a total reduction of $195,000. This will impact supplies and transportation expenses. District officials say they will focus reductions on transportation expenses, in order to retain fine arts supplies in the classrooms.

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