Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

When School Lets Out and Meals End, Educators Struggle to Feed Students Over the Summer

For some low-income children in Oklahoma, summer does not mean vacation and playtime — It means being hungry. The lunch and breakfast these kids receive at school is no longer readily available, so they often go without — or they eat junk food. And while Oklahoma has summer food programs to combat this, there are roadblocks for many children. The gap in access to healthy food is a potential problem for more than 400,000 Oklahoma children. The State Department of Education estimates 61 percent...

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Headlines for Wednesday, July 19, 2017:

  • House Appropriations chair loses her position after she disagrees with the Speaker. (NewsOK)

  • The federal government is cutting funds to prevent teen pregnancy. (Journal Record)

Beware the Heat

Jul 18, 2017

Oklahomans need to be careful as temperatures climb to triple digit highs this week.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk with Heather Yazdanipour with EMSA about what Oklahomans can do to stay safe.

EMSA is also urging people to check on their pets and NEVER leave a child in a car unattended.

At a Garth Brooks concert in Oklahoma, Drew Bargsley had just proposed to his girlfriend when Brooks stopped the show to acknowledge what had happened. He offered to pay for the couple's honeymoon.

Updated at 2:54 p.m. ET

After the Senate's attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed Monday, Republican leaders immediately began talking about repealing the health care law in hopes of coming up with a replacement later.

But by midafternoon Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to hold a vote on a repeal-only bill had faltered, too.

Headlines for Tuesday, July 18, 2017:

  • Lawmakers divided on blame over DHS cuts. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers look into concurrent enrollment to ease the teacher shortage. (Journal Record)

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET

The defeat of the GOP Senate health care bill is a major blow to all Republicans involved.

President Trump, whose approval rating is lower than any recent president this early in his term, is now staring at an agenda imperiled. Despite his boasts, he has achieved little of significance through Congress. That failure is compounded by the fact that his party controls both chambers.

Headlines for Monday, July 17, 2017:

  • New insurance waiver program could cost Oklahomans more money. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • BCBS of Oklahoma considers dropping Integris. (Journal Record)

Days after dozens of Alfred Angelo Bridal stores closed with little or no warning, brides and their loved ones have been struggling to track down dresses they've paid for — and making contingency plans if they can't find them.

Alfred Angelo reportedly closed all of its 61 bridal stores at the end of business Thursday night as part of its plan to file for bankruptcy, infuriating customers and leaving employees in the lurch. The lawyer handling the case says she has received more than 7,000 emails about it.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The tiny community of Bokoshe is flanked by old mines, which companies are filling with thousands of tons of waste produced by the coal-fired power plant down the road.

The coal waste — known as coal ash, or fly ash — is a powdery, pernicious dust that blows off trucks and pits. Residents worry about breathing the ash, fear it has contaminated local water supplies and have linked it to various medical problems, including cancer.

Victor A. Pozadas

A new craft brewery and taproom opens this weekend on the west side of downtown Oklahoma City.

Stonecloud Brewing Co. owner and head brewer Joel Irby is a Stillwater native, who spent the last decade working at breweries in Colorado. He says it's an exciting time for the beer market in Oklahoma.

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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

Victor A. Pozadas

A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy.

But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide the training innovative companies need. And they need to be doing it now.

About exactly a year ago we brought you the story of Shawn Sheehan, Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year.

At the time, he and about 40 other educators were running for office in the state, wanting to make a change because, as Sheehan puts it, lawmakers weren't prioritizing education. Funding for schools in the state has been cut tremendously over the past decade and teachers in Oklahoma are some of the lowest paid in the country.

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The Oklahoma City Public School Board of Education meeting was packed with angry community members on Monday night.

Many people in the crowd felt the district was being dishonest about a proposal to close a local elementary school.

Last Wednesday, OKCPS administrators released information about their proposal to close North Highlands Elementary in northeast Oklahoma City, just five days before the school board was set to vote on it.

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