Budget, Storm Shelters, Attack Ads & Impeach Obama
8:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Governor Signs Budget This Week in Oklahoma Politics

This Week in Oklahoma Politics Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk to KOSU's Michael Cross about Governor Mary Fallin signing the $7.1 billion budget which some say comes with questionable accounting, Take Shelter Oklahoma tries once again for a $500 million dollar bond for storm shelters in all Oklahoma schools, attack ads starting to pop up with primaries just about two weeks away and the release of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl leads Senate candidate Randy Brogdon to call for the impeachment of President Obama.

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Song and Video Release Party Comes to Film Row
7:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Raising Awareness of the Uninsured

The Red Dirt Rangers and other musicians held a release party last night for a song and video to raise awareness of an organization to help uninsured musicians and artists.

The event in the Hart Building in Oklahoma City’s Film Row also focused on Oklahomans who live day to day without any health insurance.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports.

Dozens of people from all walks of life sit in the Hart Building enthralled by a video featuring more than 60 musicians singing “Stand (Let Your Voice Be Heard)”.

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Fallin Signs Bill to Replace CCSS
6:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Common Core State Standards Repealed

Governor Fallin signs legislation which ends Common Core State Standards in the State of Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports educators now wait for new standards from the State Department of Education.

Governor Fallin signed House Bill 3399 to repeal and replace Common Core with new standards to be developed by 2016.

Fallin told reporters at a news conference late yesterday that everyone will have an input in Oklahoma education, “Superintendents, educators, parent, public policy officials, Superintendent of Education, employers, citizens.”

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deadCENTER Film Festival 2014
5:47 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

deadCENTER to Feature Footloose, Blues Documentary & Aerosmith Rockumentary

The 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival launches on Wednesday, June 11 in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Music
3:38 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Here & Now Features Oklahoma's John Fullbright

WBUR's Here & Now featured Oklahoma musician John Fullbright on their show today.

Host Robin Young interviews John and has him play some music from his new album, Songs.

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Law
1:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Catholic Group Exempt From Contraceptives Rule

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A federal judge has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the U.S. government from forcing them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.

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Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Incentives
9:44 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Legal Challenge to New Drilling Incentive Could Raise Big Constitutional Questions

A legal challenge to a recently signed bill authored by Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman could have wide-ranging effects.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A controversial bill setting the effective tax rate on new oil and gas wells was one of the capstones of the 2014 legislative session.

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School Storm Shelters
8:36 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Take Shelter Oklahoma Announces New Storm Shelter Ballot Proposal

Credit Take Shelter Oklahoma / takeshelterok.org

For the past 9 months, school shelter supporters have fought to get a $500 million bond issue to fund safe room construction on a statewide ballot.  Attorney General Scott Pruitt revised the original proposal, adding what Take Shelter Oklahoma called "biased" and "unfair" language.  But as Kate Carlton Greer reports, the advocacy group announced a new version today. 

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Song, Video Raises Money for Red Dirt Relief Fund
3:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bringing Medical Help to Oklahoma Artists

Oklahoma musicians are coming together in song and video to raise awareness of the health care needs of their fellow artists across the state.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the Red Dirt Relief Fund.

The song called “Stand (Let Your Voice Be Heard)” featuring the Red Dirt Rangers and dozens of other Oklahoma musicians raises money for the Red Dirt Relief Fund.

Brad Piccolo, a founding member of the Red Dirt Rangers, says the fund distributes money to artists who have critical needs.

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Music
3:28 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger

Miranda Lambert's new album is called Platinum. Lambert has become one of the best-selling artists in country music, and one of the most critically acclaimed. Rock critic Ken Tucker says her new album continues Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.

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