Where The Senate Health Care Defeat Leaves Trump, GOP

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. The position of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, hailed for all of his senatorial...

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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.

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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.

Headlines for Friday, July 14, 2017:

  • Oklahoma now leads the nation in cuts to higher education. (Tulsa World)

  • Meal sites for seniors face closures amid state budget cuts. (NewsOK)

Headlines for Thursday, July 13, 2017:

  • The state’s credit rating is getting downgraded. (NewsOK)

  • Democrats and Republicans disagree on what led to flipped seats. (Journal Record)

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A new basketball star is now in the Sooner State.

Four-time All-Star Paul George arrived at Will Rogers International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, and met with fans at The Jones Assembly on Wednesday night.

The 6'9" forward says he's excited about joining a team led by the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Russell Westbrook.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

  • Democrats pick up two seats in the state legislature, winning a pair of special elections. (NewsOK)

  • In a Norman special primary election, Republicans pick a former businessman and Navy Vet. (Norman Transcript)

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The Oklahoma City Thunder introduced two of their newest players to the media Tuesday.

The team signed free agents Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton during the offseason.

Felton is a 12-year veteran of the NBA who will primarily serve as Russell Westbrook’s backup point guard. He says he signed with Oklahoma City because he wants to compete for a championship.

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It's a Saturday at Choctaw High School, but for hundreds of Oklahoma teachers, there's a training class in session. Carrie Miller-DeBoer perches atop a stool monitoring a pair of soda bottles linked with a small length of thin plastic tubing created to mimic enhanced oil recovery, while teaching chemistry fundamentals.

"I love it and my students will be so excited," she says.

Headlines for Tuesday, July 11, 2017:

  • A bomb blast at a recruiting station shakes a town south of Tulsa. (Tulsa World)

  • Voters head to the polls today to fill the state senate seat vacated by Ralph Shortey. (NewsOK)

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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.

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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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