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More Than 47,000 Remain Without Power in Oklahoma

About 47,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity after an ice storm hit Oklahoma. Oklahoma Gas & Electric reports nearly 46,000 outages, with more than 22,000 in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City suburbs of Bethany, El Reno, The Village and Yukon had a total of about 11,000 outages while Enid in northern Oklahoma had about 4,200. Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported just more than 1,100 outages in southwestern Oklahoma, with more than 1,000 of those in Caddo County. Gov....
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Headlines for Friday, November 20, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin calls for the termination of Planned Parenthood contracts. (KFOR)

  • Education sales tax debate goes before Supreme Court referee. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma Corporation Commission orders two disposal wells to shut down. (Enid News & Eagle)

Comic book and pop cultural enthusiasts are descending on downtown Oklahoma City this weekend.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to the organizer of the Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Con, Jimmy Jay.

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Oklahoma’s lakes weren’t built to last forever. Over time, dirt and debris are slowly filling them in. Right now, there’s no good way to solve the problem, but cities that rely on Waurika Lake are turning to costly and complicated efforts to save their water supply from silt.


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on the state to cancel its Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood, citing what she called a "high rate of billing errors."

The governor announced Thursday that she's asking the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to terminate contracts with two Planned Parenthood affiliates in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Fallin says the OHCR found the clinics had billing error rates of about 20 percent and 14 percent, though no improper use of state Medicaid funds.

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These days, for many people in country music's mainstream - and beyond it - the genre's version of "sexy" is corny. Rump-shaking dudes in man buns beckoning women who frankly feel a little harassed into their flatbed Fords... At their worst, country's 21st-century dreamboats operate on the principles of hair metal, mixed with CrossFit. That's the stereotype and the perception, anyway.

Headlines for Thursday, November 19, 2015:

  • Lawmakers discuss REAL ID compliance. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma Wheat Commission joins a group supporting the Trans Pacific Partnership. (Journal Record)

  • A judge recommends a rate hike for Oklahoma Natural Gas. (NewsOK)

The suspected architect of the Paris attacks was killed during a violent police raid conducted by French authorities in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday, French authorities say.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud was a Belgian national in his late 20s. Authorities believe that Abaaoud was close to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

During a press conference, Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve said that Abaaoud was believed to be responsible for planning many of the Islamic State attacks in Europe.

A report released the oil and gas industry suggests only 0.5 percent disposal wells throughout the U.S. have been linked or suspected as a possible cause of earthquakes, the Tulsa World reports. “However, a spokeswoman for the group acknowledges that many of the studies cited in the report use models rather than actual wells, making such figures ‘speculative.’”

Headlines for Wednesday, November 18, 2015:

  • A gathering in Oklahoma City honors the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. (Oklahoma Daily)

  • The State Supreme Court rules in favor of the non-biological mother in a same-sex case. (NewsOK)

  • Increased cost and few choices for Oklahomans using health care exchanges. (Journal Record)

A huge and violent police operation in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris is over. At least two people are dead and eight people were arrested, in an operation that authorities say stopped a terrorist cell that could have attacked again.

According to François Molins, chief prosecutor of France, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who police believe orchestrated the attacks on Paris, may have been in one of the apartments targeted by the raid.


Education News

Emily Wendler / KOSU

A large crowd showed up for the Oklahoma City Public School Board meeting Monday night to comment on the district's new discipline policy.  A majority of the commenters were concerned that the new policy is not doing enough to address student misbehavior. A few comments were positive, and showed support for the Board of Education’s efforts. Here’s a sampling:

After a long stalemate, a bipartisan team of congressional negotiators has agreed to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The law, currently known as No Child Left Behind, sends roughly $14 billion a year to schools that serve mostly low-income students.

Here's what we know about the rough agreement. First, annual testing — a major feature of NCLB — would remain for grades three through eight and at least once in high school. Schools would still have to test 95 percent of their students and report the results by race, income and special need.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

At a State Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, attorneys argued over the legality of petition to fund education through a one-cent sales tax.

OU President David Boren’s petition aims to raise sales taxes in order to fund teacher pay raises and other aspects of education in the state. But there is an argument on whether the petition should be broken into multiple petitions, or remain as one.

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A weekly two-hour show of Oklahoma music, from across the state. The show opens a window of Oklahoma music to the rest of the world.

Political News

U.S. Sen. James Lankford unveiled a report Monday morning highlighting solutions to what he says is excessive federal spending. The “Federal Fumbles” document highlighted 100 examples of what Lankford sees as waste and duplication, with policy solutions for each.

Lankford wants to permanently eliminate $6 billion in federal wind subsidies, and get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA estimates that will cost $8.4 billion by the year 2030. Lankford said during a Monday morning press conference people want their government to be efficient when it comes to taxpayer dollars.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the attacks in Paris and calls by leaders, mostly Republicans who called on the President to stop allowing Syrian refugees into the country as well as opposition from a group including former Attorney General Drew Edmondson on the Right to Farm state question going before voters next November.

This post was updated at 6:30 p.m.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, saying he had "come to the realization that this is not my time."

The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal said that when his parents came to the United States 45 years ago, they told him he could accomplish anything in this country. But ultimately this time, his dreams of the White House fell short.

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