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

Budget Shortfall, Education Savings Accts & AP History

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the $600 million shortfall facing lawmakers crafting the budget, and its likely impact on state agencies.

The trio also discuss the Education Savings Account bills which passed in a Senate Committee, but failed in the House.

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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Black History Celebration in OKC

  A celebration of Black history is taking place in Oklahoma City this Saturday with a film festival starting at 10am in the Oklahoma History Center.

The highlight of the event is the film Children of the Civil Rights screening at Cinemark Tinseltown.

KOSU's Kelly Burley talks with Ayanna Najumma who was just seven-years-old when she took part in the sit-ins at Katz drug store in Oklahoma City.

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Headlines
7:27 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Headlines: Police Cams, Wal-Mart Raises & Thunder Wins

Headlines for Friday, February 20, 2015:

  • A bill under consideration in the Oklahoma House could impact transparency in the State. (Tulsa World)

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Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu February 19, 2015

How Can We Increase OKC Recycling Rates?

Recycling in Oklahoma City leaves a lot to be desired especially if you live in multi-family units, such as apartments.

And, as John and Elizabeth Tankard explains it can be even worse if you choose to go Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Headlines
8:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Headlines: AP History, Wine Laws & Flavorites

Headlines for Thursday, February 19, 2015:

  • The author of a bill to end Advanced Placement History plans changes to the measure. (NewsOK)

  • The State Superintendent is helping to change a bill which would eliminate AP History. (Tulsa World)

  • Devon Energy ends 2014 earning $1.6 billion. (Journal Record)

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Education
6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 9:47 am

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Headlines
8:13 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Headlines: Budget Shortfall, Chesapeake Sues McClendon & Controversial Bills

Headlines for Wednesday, February 18, 2015:

  • State lawmakers are facing a budget shortfall of $611.3 million. (NewsOK)

  • Chesapeake Energy is suing its former owner. (Journal Record)

  • Two anti-gay marriage measures move forward in the State House. (Tulsa World)

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Health
4:36 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

People who practice free-range parenting say it makes kids more independent, but others see it as neglect. State and local laws don't specify what children are allowed to do on their own.
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Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 2:57 pm

Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called "free-range parenting."

That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

New Mix: Native Lights, Chance the Rapper & Speedy Ortiz

Native Lights
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Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the 'gorgeously heavy' music from Tulsa's Native Lights, Chance the Rapper's musical collaboration, and the self-empowering sounds of Speedy Ortiz.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Around the Nation
4:06 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Judge's Decision Leaves Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Jesus, an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico, gets help with tax documents from Mun Yin Yeow, a staff member at Atlas: DIY, a nonprofit in Brooklyn, N.Y. He asked NPR not to use his last name because he fears deportation if his application for deportation relief is not approved.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 7:08 pm

A federal judge in South Texas said President Obama had overstepped his authority with his executive actions on immigration. Now, the new court ruling has left some unauthorized immigrants in legal limbo and slowed down months of preparation by immigration attorneys.

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