Five Things You Should Know About Tuesday’s Election

The lineup for November’s general election ballot will be settled after candidates in one congressional and 13 legislative races face off Tuesday. The run-off elections will feature the top two vote earners from the June primaries in races where no candidate received at least 50 percent of the votes. Districts in much of the state won’t vote because their legislative and congressional match-ups for the general election have already been set. Here are five things to keep in mind about Tuesday...
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Supporters of an initiative petition that would legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma delivered boxes of signatures to the Secretary of State’s office Thursday, but they aren’t sure if they have enough signatures to put the measure on November’s ballot.

The group Oklahomans for Health needs nearly 66,000 signatures. Chip Paul is a medical researcher and co-chair of the organization. He says at last count - about a week and a half ago – volunteers had 50,000 and continued to gather signatures right up to the deadline.

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 Peter Bjorn & John, Lydia Loveless, and Belle and Sebastian.

Headlines for Friday, August 12, 2016:

  • Negotiators come to an agreement over water rights in southern Oklahoma. (Journal Record)

  • The man at the center of a KKK controversy at career tech apologizes for his actions. (Stillwater News Press)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is still experiencing an unusually large amount of shaking, but the rate of earthquakes recorded in 2016 is down from last year.

The slowdown is likely due to reductions in the amount of waste-fluid the oil industry is pumping into disposal wells, which are thought to be causing most of the shaking.


This is the centennial year of the Migratory Bird Treaty. The compact between the United States and Canada assures many birds can travel undisturbed, but the international agreement protects one species that’s a menace to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.


Frank Lawrence is sick of the black vultures he’s been dealing with his entire life as a rancher in southeast Oklahoma.

Headlines for Thursday, August 11, 2016:

  • Career Tech investigates situation where a black teacher was presented with KKK garb and Confederate Flag. (KOSU)

  • Judge orders another mental competency examination for man accused of killing OK Labor Commissioner. (NewsOK)

A black teacher was presented with a white robe, hood, and Confederate Flag at a Career Tech meeting last week in Oklahoma City.

Larry Long, a retired agriculture teacher in Elk City, was being recognized for nearly 45 years of service at the meeting, when he asked his black colleague to join him in front of the crowd, and presented him with the robe and flag. 

Carolyn Kaster / AP

Leaders of a state education group are supporting a lawsuit that was filed against the Governor Mary Fallin on Tuesday. The governor has been accused of violating state law and the Oklahoma Constitution.

State officials over estimated mid-year budget cuts, and now have an overage of $140 million. Oklahoma City Attorney David Slane says the governor must immediately return that money to the state agencies it was originally cut from.

A 2016 Homeless survey count shows a 16% increase in people on the streets.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan about the numbers gathered from the 2016 Point in Time count.

For the full Point in Time report, visit

“The industry may not be currently hiring petroleum engineers,” but energy companies are hiring, the director of the University of Tulsa’s school of energy tells the Tulsa World’s Casey Smith. “They’re telling students to think outside of the box.”


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

Oklahoma City Public School Board members approved a $180 million dollar bond proposal at a special board meeting on Tuesday. The bond will not increase taxes, and instead extends a bond that is set to expire.

Superintendent Aurora Lora said Oklahoma City Public Schools has dire basic needs throughout the district, and the new bond will address transportation, technology, and building maintenance issues.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

A new statewide survey found that at least 2,800 public school jobs have been lost to budget cuts this year.

The survey, conducted by The Oklahoma State School Board Association, showed that 1,500 of those jobs lost were teaching positions and 1,300 were support staff.

The OSSBA conducted the survey during the first two weeks of August. Districts representing about 83 percent of the state’s public school enrollment participated.

Other survey results show:

Oklahoma Teachers Expected to Spend Hundreds on Classroom Supplies

Aug 15, 2016
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

Elementary music teacher Tony Flores’ entire classroom budget for the year will be expended on music for three performances. Last year, he bought new instruments, to the tune of $1,000 out of his own bank account.

In Danielle Childers’ pre-kindergarten classroom, students will have snacks for snack time, mats for naptime and stickers for a job well done, but the cost of those items falls on her.

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