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Oklahoma City Preschoolers Learn Through Punk Rock

Jarred Geller uses punk rock to teach his preschoolers about shapes and geography. “If I play ‘Wheels on the Bus’ it’s hard for them to get invested in that,” he said. But with catchy, poppy hooks, and fist-pumping riffs, the 5-year-olds are all in. Geller started his "Punk Rock Preschool" at Eugene Field Elementary in Oklahoma City last January. He knew that fun and play were essential to young students, so he wrote some songs to incorporate rocking out into his lesson plans. “It makes...
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Headlines for Monday, September 28, 2015:

  • The federal government is paying the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes in a land dispute. (NewsOK)

  • A local group is hoping to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in central Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

  • A petition to legalize medical marijuana starts Monday. (Tulsa World)

A federally funded report says Oklahoma is among the lowest among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in funding for mental health issues.

The report funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says Oklahoma spends $56.22 per capita on mental health - less than every state and D.C. except Kentucky, Idaho, Florida, Arkansas and Georgia.

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OU President David Boren wants Oklahomans to vote on a $0.01 percent sales tax increase—that would be used to fund education.

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House Speaker John Boehner will give up his seat in Congress at the end of October.

Boehner became the 53rd speaker of the House in 2011. The Ohio Republican's tenure has been marked by fierce confrontations with Democrats and sometimes with his own party. One of those fights led to a 16-day partial government shutdown in 2013.

Amid renewed conflict with more conservative members of his party, Boehner is once again facing the prospect of a government shutdown.

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Oklahoma State University recently celebrated its new "active art area," which includes a swing, a large group hammock, and several poles for individual hammocks and slacklines. The space also showcases artwork from students and faculty.

Suzy Harrington, OSU's Chief Wellness Officer, said the space is an important part of the university's wellness program. 

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Repulican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the visit to the Sooner State  by GOP Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina, along with the latest attempts by attorneys for Richard Glossip to prove his innocence.

Headlines for Friday, September 25, 2015:

  • A former Senator and Governor wants an education sales tax. (NonDoc.com)

  • Emergency Teacher Certificates this year exceeds the past four years combined. (Tulsa World)

  • The Attorney General calls witness’s claim in Richard Glossip’s appeal questionable. (NewsOK)

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Oklahoma County District Judge Barbara Swinton on Wednesday ordered the long disputed limits on how much water can be taken from one of the state’s most sensitive aquifers — the Arbuckle-Simpson in south-central Oklahoma — to go forward.

The court was hearing an appeal of the limit from groups including the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Oklahoma Aggregates Association, and mining company TXI — all petitioners in the case.

Pope Francis, in an address to a joint meeting of Congress, encouraged lawmakers to work together to solve the problems of ordinary Americans and to show compassion for people across the globe who are suffering from war and hunger.