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We're happy to offer a special way for you to financially support KOSU and help feed hungry children in Oklahoma during the 2017 Fall Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 20). Make your pledge now! For every pledge made during KOSU's on-air fundraiser, Phillips Murrah P.C. will support the cost of a weekend backpack full of nutritious food for an Oklahoma child in need, to be packed and distributed by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the...

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Let Down And Locked Up: Why Oklahoma's Female Incarceration Is So High

Robyn Allen saw her daughter for the first time in two years from across the yard of Oklahoma’s largest women’s prison, the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. Because the two were serving time for the same 2013 methamphetamine case, they weren’t supposed to communicate. But as Allen’s daughter, Cherise Greer, was being loaded into a van on her way to another prison this summer, the guard turned away. Greer, in an orange prison uniform, called out: “I love you.” “She told me she loved me and...

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Headlines for Thursday, September 7, 2017:

  • Governor Fallin plans to call for a Special Session to start on September 25th. (Journal Record)

  • House Speaker says he will call again for the $1.50 cigarette tax. (Tulsa World)

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A Republican state senator from Woodward has been charged with sexual battery over an incident with an Uber driver in June.

State Sen. Bryce Marlatt was charged with a felony in Oklahoma County District Court Wednesday, following an investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department. Maximum punishment for sexual battery is ten years in prison.

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A federal grand jury has indicted former state senator Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City on four felony counts related to child pornography and sex trafficking.

According to the indictment, Shortey faces two counts of transporting child pornography across state lines through email. He also faces a count of producing child pornography and a count of child sex trafficking. Each count carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, with the maximum sentence being life in prison. He could also be fined more than a million dollars, on top of paying restitution to his victims.

The superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program will be “devastating” to students and staff in the majority Hispanic district.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 6, 2017:

  • Supporters of DACA gather in OKC. (NewsOK)
     
  • A silent protest over the President’s actions on DACA also took place in Stillwater. (Tulsa World)

For three weeks, local historians have been working to figure out who two Oklahoma City Public Schools are named after. Now, they think they’ve figured it out.

The mystery arose when Oklahoma City Public School officials announced they were thinking about changing the names of four schools thought to be named for Confederate generals. This worried local historians who said that two of those schools may actually named after former city leaders.

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The Trump administration Tuesday formally announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also called DACA — putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as "DREAMers," who entered the country illegally as children.

President Trump issued a statement, saying, "I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws."

Beginning Monday, October 2, you may notice some changes to the KOSU night and weekend line-up. We’re focusing on what you’ve told us are your favorite shows and hosts, adjusting to changing listening habits and bringing some of the best new up-and-coming shows in public radio to KOSU. We’ve tried to curate an enjoyable listening experience that allows you to seamlessly transition from show to show. We’re thinking about our night and weekend schedules in three distinctive blocks: educational entertainment, weekend vibe entertainment and music discovery.

Headlines for Tuesday, September 5, 2017:

  • TPS plans a deliberate approach to possible changing of school names. (Tulsa World)

  • Trump’s pick of OK Congressman Jim Bridenstine to head NASA gets pushback from Florida Senators. (Politico)

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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.

Education News

The superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA program will be “devastating” to students and staff in the majority Hispanic district.

For three weeks, local historians have been working to figure out who two Oklahoma City Public Schools are named after. Now, they think they’ve figured it out.

The mystery arose when Oklahoma City Public School officials announced they were thinking about changing the names of four schools thought to be named for Confederate generals. This worried local historians who said that two of those schools may actually named after former city leaders.

District leaders in the Oklahoma City Public Schools will soon head out into the community to ask this question: Should the four elementary schools they believe are the namesake of Confederate generals be renamed?

The origin of that question goes back several weeks. Right after the violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va., Charles Henry, a school board member in Oklahoma City, voiced his concern about the name of Jackson Elementary, which he says had been bothering him for a while.

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