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Gov. Fallin Considers Special Session, $5,000 Teacher Pay Raise

State officials are considering what to do with $140.8 million dollars that was cut from state agencies in the middle of last fiscal year, but can now be spent. The money is available because General Revenue Fund reductions required by the FY 2016’s midyear revenue failure were deeper than necessary. Governor Fallin said in a press release that she is considering using the money to fund teacher pay raises. “I’ve begun discussions with legislative leaders to consider calling lawmakers to...
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WATCH: Herman Lookout On Revitalizing The Osage Language

Herman "Mogri" Lookout is the master language teacher for the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. He's studied the language for forty years and helped revitalize the written portion of it by creating an orthography. Language teachers and experts from all over Native America say that an orthography is a way to reclaim your sovereignty. Lookout also worked with developers to create Osage for Unicode. Because of that, Osages all over the world can write and text in the language. He says...
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Headlines for Monday, July 25, 2016:

  • A new analysis shows nearly half of murders in Oklahoma City go unsolved. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa police officials say they are still working to get body cameras on their officers. (Tulsa World)

Amid furor over an email leak that revealed a bias against Bernie Sanders inside the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she will step down as chair.

Wasserman Schultz will still open and close the convention, she said in a statement, and "address our delegates about the stakes involved in this election not only for Democrats, but for all Americans."

With just one weekend to go before Hillary Clinton is expected to accept her party's nomination for president, WikiLeaks on Friday released almost 20,000 emails sent and received by Democratic National Committee staff members from January 2015 to May 2016 – leaving journalists scouring for information potentially damaging to the party.

A shooting at a shopping mall in Munich has left at least 10 people dead, including the alleged attacker, and at least 27 people injured, the Munich police say.

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said at a press conference Saturday that the suspect was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man born and raised in Munich, armed with a handgun.

A search of the suspect's home turned up "no evidence" of links to the Islamic State group.

The suspect had no criminal record and his motive is unknown, Andrae said in an earlier press conference.

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An Oklahoma State University men’s basketball player collapsed and died Thursday in Stillwater.

21-year-old forward Tyrek Coger was pronounced dead at Stillwater Medical Center Thursday evening after a 40-minute team workout at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office says Coger died due to an enlarged heart.

OSU head coach Brad Underwood, who was out of town at the time, said there is no worse feeling as a coach than getting the call he got yesterday.

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This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt plays new music from Alan Vega, John Prine & Iris DeMent, and Blake Lusk.

Many native languages are considered endangered, ­with few first speakers left to pass down the language to a new generation. But, a new generation of young people fueled by technology​ is making an impact. 

The famed song by Chubby Checker encouraging dancers all over to get down and do “The Twist” plays in the background as dancers from the Cherokee Pride school in NE Oklahoma move and groove around. Today, the song isn't being sung by the 1950's icon,  it’s being sung by students in their native language of Cherokee.

Gov. Mary Fallin says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can end the country’s divisions and restore a sense of optimism.

Fallin delivered a primetime address Thursday during the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She described Trump as a bold and courageous leader who speaks truth to power.

Painting a grim picture of America, Donald Trump promised to protect the country and restore "law and order" by putting "America First" in his address Thursday evening formally accepting the GOP nomination for president.

Headlines for Friday, July 22, 2016:

  • Governor Fallin pushes support for Donald Trump in the final night of the RNC. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma delegates disapprove of decision by Ted Cruz to not endorse Trump. (NewsOK)

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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

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

State officials are considering what to do with $140.8 million dollars that was cut from state agencies in the middle of last fiscal year, but can now be spent. The money is available because General Revenue Fund reductions required by the FY 2016’s midyear revenue failure were deeper than necessary.

Governor Fallin said in a press release that she is considering using the money to fund teacher pay raises.

The City of Edmond passed a resolution Monday night opposing a ballot initiative this fall that would raise Oklahoma’s sales tax by 1 percent to pay for education.

The tax hike would raise about $615 million per year for common and higher education in the state, but Edmond city leaders are worried it would hinder economic development. Oklahoma is the only state in the U.S. where cities and towns rely on local sales taxes as their primary source of revenue.

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After months of debate, the Oklahoma City Public School Board voted to expand KIPP Charter Schools at Monday night’s board meeting. But the expansion will not go as originally planned.

KIPP currently runs a middle school out of F.D. Moon Academy, and has been fighting to extend their rigorous academic model within the district. The charter school proposed starting an elementary school in Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and hoped to share space with Douglass High School as well. However, Superintendent Aurora Lora says a task force will do more research to decide the locations.

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