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EPA Pick Scott Pruitt's History As Oklahoma Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump has named his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seen as pro-energy business, and has been an outspoken critic of the EPA — even filing lawsuits against the government agency. Here & Now 's Robin Young speaks with Joe Wertz ( @joewertz ), reporter at StateImpact Oklahoma, about Pruitt’s views on the environment, what he has done as attorney general and how...

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It’s been 10 years since the state of Oklahoma sold hundreds of acres at Texoma State Park to a private developer that never fulfilled its promise to build an elaborate lakeside resort. Now the Chickasaw Nation is stepping in to bring some economic activity back to the area. It’s been a long decade for businesses in tiny Kingston, Oklahoma, the town nearest to Lake Texoma State Park and was once one of the state’s most popular tourist destinations. When StateImpact visited Kingston in July ,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: This morning, President elect Donald Trump officially named his pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. He's an outspoken critic of President Obama's climate change policies. Joe Wertz from StateImpact Oklahoma reports that Pruitt's fight with the federal government and his ties with energy companies have made him popular with conservative lawmakers in states...

Headlines for Thursday, December 8, 2016: President-elect Donald Trump is picking AG Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. ( Tulsa World )
If Pruitt survives a Senate nomination, Governor Fallin would pick his successor. ( NewsOK ) Pruitt has close ties to industries he would regulate. ( Journal Record ) Both sides react to Pruitt heading the EPA. ( NewsOK ) A large earthquake looks likely in the next decade. ( Tulsa World ) State tax collections drop for the 21 st straight month. ( Tulsa...

President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, announcing his decision in a statement Thursday. As attorney general, Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the EPA. His official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda." He has repeatedly challenged the agency's rules in court, and he has even sued the EPA for an allegedly cozy "sue and settle" relationship with...

When he first moved to Miami, Waltter Teruel says, working as a recruiter for ITT Technical Institute was a welcome change from his life in New York where he had been selling antiques and life insurance. As a recruiter, Teruel says, ITT Tech took care of the pitch to potential students for you. Recruiters used scripts set out in detailed PowerPoint presentations and got long lists of prospective students to call. But soon the welcome change faded. "Most of these students, they were looking...

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Attorneys are asking a district court judge to approve a class-action lawsuit against oil and gas companies after a 5.0-magnitude earthquake rattled near the town of Cushing in November. The action, similar to one filed after the record-setting 5.8-magnitude quake near the town of Pawnee, was brought Monday on behalf of several residents seeking compensation for homes and businesses damaged by the quake and money for emotional distress. The filing also asks that punitive damages be levied on...

Headlines for Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Governor Fallin is traveling to the Middle East to visit US troops.. ( Tulsa World ) Tulsa Congressman meets with Trump transition team. ( Tulsa World ) Federal criminal justice under Trump could be similar to Oklahoma, ( Journal record ) New Tulsa mayor takes oath of office. ( Tulsa World ) Five people sign up on first day of filing for OKC school board. ( NewsOK ) Chesapeake sells assets in Louisiana. ( Journal Record ) Google moves closer to 100%...

We're happy to offer several special benefits for KOSU members during the 2016 Year-End Membership Drive (taking place through the end of the year). Make your pledge now! 1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for the 2017 Keep It Local card. The Keep It Local OK card help you discover the best local spots in town by rewarding you with discounts and incentives at locally-owned and locally-loved businesses across the state of Oklahoma. Businesses located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond,...

Headlines for Monday, December 5, 2016: A VA employee who resigned after a patient’s death in a Talihina center gets rehired by another center. ( Tulsa World ) A plan to close the Talihina VA Center raises fears in the eastern Oklahoma town. ( NewsOK ) Liquor Store owners are getting ready for a lawsuit against State Question 792. ( Journal Record ) Questions rise over tax giveaways for private school scholarships. ( NewsOK ) A series of earthquake rattle northern Oklahoma. ( News9 )...

The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, granting a major victory to protesters who have been demonstrating for months. The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Thousands of demonstrators from across the country had flocked to North Dakota in protest. "Our prayers have been answered," National Congress of American Indians...

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has released its plan for a revised A through F School Report Card system. Schools will still receive an A, B, C, D, or F based on their performance on test scores. But now other factors—graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, and academic growth—will be included in the grades. The State Department of Education is revamping it's A through F system in order to comply with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. All states are...

When he first moved to Miami, Waltter Teruel says, working as a recruiter for ITT Technical Institute was a welcome change from his life in New York where he had been selling antiques and life insurance. As a recruiter, Teruel says, ITT Tech took care of the pitch to potential students for you. Recruiters used scripts set out in detailed PowerPoint presentations and got long lists of prospective students to call. But soon the welcome change faded. "Most of these students, they were looking...

Twenty-two states still allow corporal punishment in school: 15 expressly permit it while another seven do not prohibit it. That's according to a recent letter written by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. to the nation's governors and state school chiefs. Not sure what, exactly, corporal punishment is? Here's a quick primer. It often involves a paddle. Always, pain. That's the point. The National Association of School Psychologists explains corporal punishment as "the intentional...

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