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One Oklahoma Student Plans For An Uncertain Future As DACA Deadline Looms

When President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last September, he put 700,000 immigrants’ futures in jeopardy. The Obama-era policy, also known as DACA, protects young people who were brought to America by their parents — many illegally — from deportation. But even as Trump began the process of dismantling the safety net program, he also gave them a glimmer of hope: Trump gave Congress six months – until March 5, 2018 – to come up with a...

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Bill Would Require 'In God We Trust' in Every Oklahoma Classroom

A Senate Committee passed a bill Monday morning that would force schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in every classroom. Senate Bill 1016 requires the placement of the motto, as soon as private funds are available. Grove Republican Senator Wayne Shaw says he authored the bill because the national motto is on the official currency of United States, so it should be in Oklahoma classrooms. “It’s our national motto–I think it needs to be displayed, first of all. Secondly,...

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A Senate Committee passed a bill Monday morning that would force schools to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in every classroom.

Senate Bill 1016 requires the placement of the motto, as soon as private funds are available.

Grove Republican Senator Wayne Shaw says he authored the bill because the national motto is on the official currency of United States, so it should be in Oklahoma classrooms.

Headlines for Monday, February 19, 2018:

  • Two more Oklahoma City schools face threats today. (NewsOK)

  • A new study ranks Oklahoma third worst in structurally deficient bridges. (CNHI)

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A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities in connection with the attack on the 2016 presidential election.

The defendants are "accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes," according to a statement from the special counsel's office. The indictment charges them with "conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft."

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Environmental groups and concerned residents this week told federal officials the Oklahoma agency charged with protecting air, land and water lacked the resources and rules to manage a state-run plan to regulate coal ash.

Flu Deaths Climb To Record High in Oklahoma

Feb 16, 2018
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Oklahoma has set a state record for flu deaths. So far 153 people have died during the 2017-18 flu season, which breaks a record from last year. The Oklahoma State Department of Health began tracking flu deaths per season in 2009.

Health Officials say the H3N3 virus or Flu A has been particularly harmful to those 65 and older and those younger than five years old. And, the Flu B strain is increasingly worrying health authorities.

Health Department spokesperson, Tony Sellars, says Oklahomans still need to get vaccinated.

Headlines for Friday, February 16, 2018:

  • Bills to cut agencies and fill a revenue shortfall moves through the legislative process. (Tulsa World)

  • Democrats & Auditor release a plan for revenue. (Journal Record)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the failure by the state legislature to pass the Step Up Oklahoma plan on Monday, Interim Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger stepping down after news surfaced of domestic abuse and Oklahoma City State Senator David Holt easily wins the election for mayor to replace Mick Cornett.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

More than 30 people sit uncomfortably on hard, wooden benches under the watchful eyes of Judge Tim Henderson. It’s late morning in Henderson’s courtroom at the Oklahoma County courthouse. Some people have been waiting for hours.

Most of these people are on probation, and they’re anxiously waiting for their chance to make a deal. Judge Henderson says these people broke their plea agreements.

COMING TO TERMS

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has stopped hiring for the rest of the budget year to prepare for potential funding cuts.

Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh decided to freeze hiring after the state Legislature voted down a series of tax increases known as the Step Up Oklahoma plan, Monday.

Photos by Mike Morgan and Sandy Honig

Starting soon Ailsa Chang will host All Things Considered along with Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly and Ari Shapiro; and Noel King will join David Greene, Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin as the fourth host of Morning Edition and the Up First podcast.

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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

Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

When President Donald Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last September, he put 700,000 immigrants’ futures in jeopardy.

The Obama-era policy, also known as DACA, protects young people who were brought to America by their parents — many illegally — from deportation.

TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM

The Tulsa Race Riots lasted two days. Thirty-five blocks of black neighborhoods were destroyed and at least 39 people died. Historians now agree it was among the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. History.

However, State Senator Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa, says many Oklahoma teachers often brush over the topic, or teach it incorrectly. He hopes a new Tulsa Race Riot curriculum can change that.

Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma lawmakers have butted heads for years over how to increase funding for education, but one recurring idea has been to give schools more flexibility in spending the money they already have.

A new bill filed by Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, is the most recent attempt to do this.

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