Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

When School Lets Out and Meals End, Educators Struggle to Feed Students Over the Summer

For some low-income children in Oklahoma, summer does not mean vacation and playtime — It means being hungry. The lunch and breakfast these kids receive at school is no longer readily available, so they often go without — or they eat junk food. And while Oklahoma has summer food programs to combat this, there are roadblocks for many children. The gap in access to healthy food is a potential problem for more than 400,000 Oklahoma children. The State Department of Education estimates 61 percent...

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A new craft brewery and taproom opens this weekend on the west side of downtown Oklahoma City.

Stonecloud Brewing Co. owner and head brewer Joel Irby is a Stillwater native, who spent the last decade working at breweries in Colorado. He says it's an exciting time for the beer market in Oklahoma.

Headlines for Friday, July 14, 2017:

  • Oklahoma now leads the nation in cuts to higher education. (Tulsa World)

  • Meal sites for seniors face closures amid state budget cuts. (NewsOK)

Headlines for Thursday, July 13, 2017:

  • The state’s credit rating is getting downgraded. (NewsOK)

  • Democrats and Republicans disagree on what led to flipped seats. (Journal Record)

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A new basketball star is now in the Sooner State.

Four-time All-Star Paul George arrived at Will Rogers International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, and met with fans at The Jones Assembly on Wednesday night.

The 6'9" forward says he's excited about joining a team led by the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Russell Westbrook.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

  • Democrats pick up two seats in the state legislature, winning a pair of special elections. (NewsOK)

  • In a Norman special primary election, Republicans pick a former businessman and Navy Vet. (Norman Transcript)

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The Oklahoma City Thunder introduced two of their newest players to the media Tuesday.

The team signed free agents Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton during the offseason.

Felton is a 12-year veteran of the NBA who will primarily serve as Russell Westbrook’s backup point guard. He says he signed with Oklahoma City because he wants to compete for a championship.

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It's a Saturday at Choctaw High School, but for hundreds of Oklahoma teachers, there's a training class in session. Carrie Miller-DeBoer perches atop a stool monitoring a pair of soda bottles linked with a small length of thin plastic tubing created to mimic enhanced oil recovery, while teaching chemistry fundamentals.

"I love it and my students will be so excited," she says.

Headlines for Tuesday, July 11, 2017:

  • A bomb blast at a recruiting station shakes a town south of Tulsa. (Tulsa World)

  • Voters head to the polls today to fill the state senate seat vacated by Ralph Shortey. (NewsOK)

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay.

In Oklahoma, thousands could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill.

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Victor A. Pozadas

A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy.

But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide the training innovative companies need. And they need to be doing it now.

About exactly a year ago we brought you the story of Shawn Sheehan, Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year.

At the time, he and about 40 other educators were running for office in the state, wanting to make a change because, as Sheehan puts it, lawmakers weren't prioritizing education. Funding for schools in the state has been cut tremendously over the past decade and teachers in Oklahoma are some of the lowest paid in the country.

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The Oklahoma City Public School Board of Education meeting was packed with angry community members on Monday night.

Many people in the crowd felt the district was being dishonest about a proposal to close a local elementary school.

Last Wednesday, OKCPS administrators released information about their proposal to close North Highlands Elementary in northeast Oklahoma City, just five days before the school board was set to vote on it.

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