Keystone XL Pipeline
1:33 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Safety Requirements Set For Keystone Pipeline

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.

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NPR Ed
12:37 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

The Common Core FAQ

Louis C.K. isn't the only parent confused about the Common Core.
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Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:42 am

The Common Core State Standards have vaulted into the national consciousness lately thanks to some high-profile dissenters, like Louis C.K. ("Kids teachers parents are vocally suffering.") and Stephen Colbert ("Common Core testing is preparing students for what they'll face as adults — pointless stress and confusion.")

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Oklahoma Arts Education
9:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

JenX: From STEM to STEAM

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The academic year is over for schools across Oklahoma this month. This week on JenX, Jennifer James reflects on our state's curriculum versus a mother's wishes for her children's education. 

You can follow Jennifer's blog at jenx67.com.

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Oklahoma Sports
7:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Ibaka's Return Gives Thunder Boost

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been down lately, but they’re not out.  KOSU’s Brent Weber has this recap of Sunday night’s playoff game against the Spurs.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:46 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes

Red Cross worker Shannon Reed leads a class of Soldier Creek Elementary fifth graders in practicing a tornado drill. The Red Cross is visiting schools throughout the region, including this one in Midwest City.
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During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also know what to do when severe weather rolls in.  

Shannon Reed is a Community Resiliency Specialist with the Red Cross. Last month, she spent a day in a gymnasium at Carney Elementary School, teaching kids about severe weather.

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The Mix
5:44 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

The Mix Hosts Sherree Chamberlain & Tyler Hopkins

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KOSU, Dunlap Codding and Robot House Creative host The Mix, a  free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.

The third edition of the series takes place at 6pm, Thursday, June 5 at DC on Film Row and will feature Oklahoma City musician Sherree Chamberlain and Oklahoma City country musician Tyler Hopkins.

Local News
5:22 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Outlaw Al Jennings' Pistol Going Up For Auction

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pistol and other possessions belonging to a one-time Old West outlaw who later ran for governor of Oklahoma and became an actor are going up for auction next month.

The .45 Colt revolver owned by infamous outlaw Alphonzo "Al" J. Jennings could go for as much as $30,000 during an auction June 5 in Woodward, said Ira Smith, auctioneer with Smith & Co. Auction and Reality Inc.

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Guilty And Charged
10:34 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

The Evolution Of Electronic Monitoring Devices

In this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first electronic monitoring devices.
Courtesy of Robert Gable

Nearly 50 years since it was first designed by social psychology students at Harvard, the electronic monitoring device has become a significant part of the criminal justice system. More popularly associated with law-breaking celebrities like Paris Hilton or Martha Stewart, the electronic ankle bracelet has been used to track hundreds of thousands of sex offenders, DUI offenders, people free on bail and others.

But its current use is not quite what its inventors had in mind.

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Ghost Towns
10:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Ghost Towns: All Black Oklahoma Towns

Margaret French of Clearview, OK, with one of her 18 children.
Credit Quinton Chandler

For the final part of our ghost town series we resurrect the history behind not one but dozens of settlements spread throughout the state. The all black towns of Oklahoma. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports most of these towns were small unorganized rural communities that  are almost all dead and gone. But there are a few left to give us a hazy picture of the past.

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Reading Retention Change Becomes Law
8:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Governor Veto Overidden This Week in Oklahoma Politics

  In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk to KOSU's Michael Cross about the veto override on the bill to makes changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, the $7.1B budget, a change in the horizontal drilling tax rate and an estimate as to when the lawmakers will leave for the session.

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