Headlines
8:01 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Headlines: Tea Party Pay, Water Bills and Potholes

Headlines for Monday, March 23, 2015:

  • Congressman Jim Bridenstine pays a former tea party leader $64,000 dollars for a special project. (NewsOK)

  • Law enforcement leaders are calling on legislators to get more mental health evaluations for inmates. (Tulsa World)

  • A chief investigator with Veterans’ Affairs faces charges of faking his credentials as a police officer. (NewsOK)

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US News
7:41 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

As Scandals Continue To Hit Fraternities, How Can Misconduct Be Prevented?

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Music
4:55 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

'Still The King': A Tribute To An Icon Of Western Swing

Ray Benson (center) and his band, the Grammy-winning country outfit Asleep at the Wheel, have long been stewards of the sound co-pioneered by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
Lisa Pollard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:20 pm

"The essence of the Bob Wills sound, and the reason he picked and did what he did, is that it was dance music — period."

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Funding for Education
2:58 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

House Bill 1498 Seeks to Nail Down Oklahoma's Education Costs

Rep. Dennis Casey - Morrison
Credit okhouse.gov

Funding for Education in Oklahoma has historically been low. But depending on who you ask—the dollar amount that the state spends varies widely. As do our national rankings.

One lawmaker is fed up with the confusion and is pushing a bill through the legislature to nail it down.

If you divide 4.9 billion by 631,000, what do you get?

Oklahoma’s per pupil expenditure. Or, the amount of money the state spent on each kid’s education in 2013.

In short, that’s $7,740 according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

That’s low by national standards. In fact, it puts Oklahoma at 49th out of 50 states according to the US Census Bureau.

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Interior Department Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Dan Joling AP

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 8:18 pm

The Department of the Interior has unveiled new regulations on hydraulic fracturing operations that take place on federal lands, requiring companies using the drilling technique to ensure wells are safe and to disclose chemicals used in the process.

The rules change follows a more than three-year review process and will affect the 90 percent of oil and gas wells on federal lands that now use so-called fracking to extract oil and gas.

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Station News
10:15 am
Fri March 20, 2015

KOSU Hires New Membership Specialist

KOSU welcomed Mairead Todd to the KOSU Membership team on February 23.

Mairead is an Oklahoma City native, with a bachelor's degree in Media Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in TV, Radio and Film from Syracuse University. She spent several years working for various non-profits in the Oklahoma City metro area and market and audience research at PBS in Washington, D.C.

After four years in the nation’s capital, she moved back to Oklahoma with the goal of getting involved in public media.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 20, 2015

SAE Lawyer, Teachers' Union Bill & Botched Execution Documents

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the local Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni hiring attorney Stephen Jones and a Senate bill to ban teachers from paying union dues out of their paycheck.

The trio also discuss documents released by the Department of Corrections on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the lack of documents from the Governor's office and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb admits he has his eye on the Governor's office in 2018.

Headlines
8:09 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Headlines: Native American Center, Hate Groups and Elephants

Headlines for Friday, March 20, 2015:

  • Hope is waning for a completed Native American Cultural Center in Oklahoma City. (NewsOK)

  • The Myriad Gardens Foundation is changing plans after a new Oklahoma City Convention Center land deal died. (Journal Record)

  • The state Senate is giving its employees more than $200,000 dollars in raises. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday signs an executive order directing the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:44 pm

President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Two Elephants Coming to the OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is getting two elephants from a the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle despite criticism from animal activists in the northwest.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to zoo spokesperson Tara Henson about the move.


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