JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Seeking & Finding A New Religious Home

As Generation X gets older, many of them are starting to look a little harder at their beliefs.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis-Smith looks at how her spiritual life has changed over the years.


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Headlines
7:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Headlines: Rally Snow Day, Doctor Shopping & Supergirls

Headlines for Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

  • Tulsa’s School Superintendent wants to use a snow day for a teacher rally at the capitol Monday. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill to crack down on prescription drug abuse moves a step closer to the governor’s desk. (NewsOK)

  • A New Vision 2025 is coming to Tulsa. (Tulsa World)

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Health
6:58 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

Johnny Reynolds ignored diabetes symptoms and put off going to the doctor for years when he didn't have health insurance. He was afraid he couldn't afford treatment.
Anders Kelto/NPR

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:18 pm

Johnny Reynolds knew that something was wrong as far back as 2003. That's when he first started experiencing extreme fatigue.

"It was like waking up every morning and just putting a person over my shoulders and walking around with them all day long," says Reynolds, 54, who lived in Ohio at the time.

In addition, Reynolds was constantly thirsty and drank so much water that he would urinate 20 or 30 times per day. "And overnight I would probably get up at least eight or nine times a night," he says.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Obama Chief Of Staff: Israel's 50-Year 'Occupation' Must End

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told the annual J Street conference
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 7:22 pm

Through his chief of staff, President Obama is strongly countering rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a two-state, Israeli-Palestinian solution.

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state," Denis McDonough, President Obama's chief of staff, said Monday at the annual conference of J Street, a left-leaning pro-Israel group.

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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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