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Headlines for Thursday, August 28, 2015:

  • An investigation into the death of Labor Commissioner Mark Costello shows the attack was planned. (NewsOK)

  • The mass slaying of a Broken Arrow family might have been videotaped. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma’s teacher shortage means larger class sizes. (News9)

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According to data recently released by the ACT, or American College Test, only 22 percent of Oklahoma students were ready for college courses in math, English, social science and biology when they graduated from high school.  Nationally, 28 percent of students met the benchmark scores in all four subjects.

Oklahoma students have maintained an average score of 20.7 on the test for the past five years. Nationwide, scores have gone down slightly since 2011. The national average for 2015 was 21.0

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Two journalists for Virginia TV news station WDBJ were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while they were broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.

Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were doing a live report from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and Ward and injuring Vicki Gardner, the head of a local Chamber of Commerce who was being interviewed. Gardner is now in stable condition, hospital officials say.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

  • A judge denies the bond for the man accused of killing Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. (Tulsa World)

  • The issue of mental health is coming up following the death of the Labor Commissioner. (Journal Record)

  • An Oklahoma Representative’s Facebook post is causing controversy. (KFOR)

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we play a wonderful mixture of blues and southern rock from Los Colognes, touches of soft rock from Destroyer, and light and hazy dance sounds from Yumi Zouma.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Stock prices took another beating Tuesday, with all major stock measures falling.

Two closely followed market indicators, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500, each fell roughly 1.3 percent, despite opening the day with big gains.

This huge summer sell-off must mean the U.S. economy is sinking, right?

Well, so far at least, that's not right. In fact, the economy has been improving, and Tuesday brought yet more evidence of that. Here are some highlights:

Cattle Theft: An Old Crime On The Rise

Aug 25, 2015

Crooks and criminals in America's farm country are turning to an old crime — cattle rustling. The high price for beef and substance abuse are behind the surge in livestock theft, and that's putting some ranchers on edge.

At Susan Edmondson's farm near Henryetta, Okla., cattle started disappearing one by one last fall. At first she thought they had just wandered off. But over the winter, more and more went away, until she had lost 12 cows and 16 calves.

The culprits: teenage cattle thieves. Edmonson knew them well.

Death row inmate Bernardo Tecero is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, making him 11th person to be put to death in the state this year.

Tecero, a Nicaraguan national, is condemned for murder of a school teacher during an armed robbery of a Houston dry cleaning establishment in 1997. A Texas jury convicted him in 2000.

There is no dispute Tecero is the killer. At issue, however, is whether or not he should be executed.

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Slumping oil prices have fueled thousands of job losses in big energy states like Oklahoma, which is “gripped by a mini-recession,” economist Mark Sneed tells the Journal Record‘s Kirby Lee Davis:

“The notion that Oklahoma has diversified away from oil and gas is, at this point, many, many years away,” he said.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 25, 2015:

  • Mental health issues plagued son of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. (NewsOK)
  • Despite hiring 600 educators, state remains 1,000 teachers short for 2015/2016. (Tulsa World)
     
  • A literacy program in Tulsa shows success. (Tulsa World)

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