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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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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.

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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.

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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)