JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Cracking Down on Frivolous Laws

Every year, seemingly more and more unusual pieces of legislation get introduced by Oklahoma lawmakers.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis-Smith makes some suggestions on how to get a handle on them.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional.

Headlines
7:53 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Headlines: Conversion Therapy, Hydrocodone & Swag

Headlines for Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

  • A bill protecting so-called gay conversion therapy moves out of committee. (NewsOK)

  • A Texas-based holding company sets its sights on a bank west of Oklahoma City. (Journal Record)

  • Senators say no to a bill to allow for chemical castration. (NewsOK)

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NPR Ed
12:33 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

The Great U.S. History Battle

American boys re-enact George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River in 1776.
Jack Fletcher National Geographic

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 3:04 pm

William Faulkner wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." And that's never more true than when people start arguing over how American history should be taught in school.

The current fight involves the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam. Nearly half a million high school students took the test last year, hoping to earn college credit.

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All Tech Considered
12:12 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Now You Can Sign Up To Keep Drones Away From Your Property

A staff member from DJI Technology Co. demonstrates a drone in Shenzhen, in southern China's Guangdong province. A new website lets people request that drones stay away from their property.
Kin Cheung AP

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Headlines
7:23 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Headlines: Ballot Access, Conversion Therapy and STDs

Headlines for Tuesday, February 24, 2015:

  • Oklahomans are digging out after the winter storm hit the state. (NewsOK)

  • A new bill could open the ballot up to third parties. (Journal Record)

  • Former inmates face exorbitant fees to reinstate their drivers’ licenses upon leaving prison. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Local News
5:55 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Weather-Related Closings for Tuesday, February 24th

From the Oklahoman:

NewsOK.com

...and from the Tulsa World:

TulsaWorld.com

Business
3:50 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Analysts Fear A Prolonged Drop In Oil Prices Will Hurt Oklahoma's Banks

Drilling rigs dot the landscape near Calumet, Okla., in April 2013. Oklahoma's economy blossomed during the domestic fracking boom, but as the price of crude oil drops, that could change.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 2:39 pm

In Oklahoma, a state that largely rode out the recession on a gusher of new-found oil, things may be about to change.

Now it costs more to produce most of Oklahoma's oil than it's worth on the world market. That's triggering a sharp economic reversal, one that some say has the makings of a prolonged downturn.

"Over the last five years, the stars really aligned," says Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. "The community's investment in itself just blossomed, the energy industry blossomed."

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Education
11:25 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Advanced Placement History Test Accused Of Being Unpatriotic

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Headlines
8:11 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Headlines: Open Government, Child Abuse & Water

Headlines for Monday, February 23, 2015:

  • Transparency advocates are crying foul over new legislation in the state House. (Journal Record)
     
  • The NAACP is inviting the public to a forum on race in Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • An investigation questions the actions of the Department of Human Services in the abuse of a seven-year-old. (NewsOK)

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

School Closings for Monday, February 23rd

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