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Workers Remove Ten Commandments Monument from Oklahoma Capitol

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed late Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage. A contractor the state hired began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. The works comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect,...
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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.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 30, 2015:

  • State gets ready to execute Richard Glossip. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma City Council makes changes to its anti-panhandling bill. (Journal Record)

  • The deadline to move the Ten Commandments statue is approaching. (Norman Transcript)

The Oklahoma City Council advances an ordinance to ban everyone from medians not just panhandlers.

The council heard from several citizens opposed to the measure like Derrek Jump, a veteran who advocates for homeless vets. Jump says he’s opposed to the idea of fining and jailing our poorest citizens.

"I think what it boils down to is extra revenue for our great city and the fact that we're willing to create revenue off the backs of our homeless population is absolutely reprehensible," says Jump.


A group of state energy officials, researchers and industry experts issued a report Monday offering guidance on how to handle earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.

This Land Press

When you think of Bluegrass music, you probably don’t think of Japan.

But, an article coming up in the fall issue of This Land Press focuses on the phenomenon of Japanese people playing and enjoying the Americana-style of music.

KOSU’s Michael Cross got a chance to talk to the author, Denis Gainty about the history of the genre and the nature of bluegrass music.

Denis Gainty teaches history as Associate Professor at Georgia State University.

Headlines for Tuesday, September 29, 2015:

  • Attorneys for a man set to be executed tomorrow night plan to keep fighting. (KFOR)

  • Army Officials ask Congressman Steve Russell for more time on female Ranger records request. (Ledger-Enquirer

  • State budget leaders tell agency heads to prepare for the worst. (Tulsa World)

Two Republican presidential hopefuls will be making short stops in Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is planning to attend a private fundraiser in Oklahoma City on Tuesday morning. The breakfast reception is closed to the public and the press, and an online invitation to the event encourages a $2,700 donation level for supporters.

Following the Oklahoma City event, Bush is expected to head to Pittsburgh to lay out details of his energy plan.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

An Oklahoma appeals court has narrowly denied a death row inmate's last-minute request for a new hearing and ordered that his execution may proceed.

In a 3-2 decision on Monday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals denied Richard Glossip's request for an evidentiary hearing and an emergency stay of execution. The court ruled the state can proceed with Glossip's execution, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

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.