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The Oklahoma Oil Billionaire Shaping Donald Trump's Bid to Win on Energy Issues

Donald Trump is wooing energy-state voters by promising a presidency that will champion coal, promote drilling and free frackers from federal regulations limiting oil and gas development. If the Republican candidate’s energy platform sounds like it was written specifically for fossil fuel companies, that’s because an Oklahoma oil billionaire helped craft it. Trump delivered his first major speech on U.S. energy policy at a petroleum conference in the capital city of one the country’s most oil...
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Headlines for Monday, August 22, 2016:

  • Voters across the state are deciding runoff elections for their party candidates. (NewsOK)

  • Central Oklahoma voters are deciding on a variety of issues tomorrow. (NewsOK)

Oklahomans are voting in a variety of issues tomorrow including 13 state legislative runoffs and a runoff between Democratic candidates in Congressional District Five.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax about what people need to know for the elections.

You can get more information at the State Election Board Website.

In 1998 Oklahoma became one of only two states to offer universal preschool, and it's been one of the most closely watched experiments in the country.

Today, the vast majority of these programs are in public schools. The rest are run by child-care centers or Head Start, the federally funded early-childhood education program.

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After five years of confidential negotiations, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations have reached an agreement with the State of Oklahoma over water in southeast Oklahoma.

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

Headlines for Friday, August 19, 2016:

  • The murder of a Tulsa man gets the attention of Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton. (Tulsa World)

  • Gun laws loosened 30 years after Edmond Postal shooting. (Journal Record)

Headlines for Thursday, August 17, 2016:

  • Attorneys of earthquake victims say they plan to refile new complaints against Oklahoma drillers. (Journal Record)

  • SandRidge faces $1.2M SEC claim in a whistleblower case. (NewsOK)

  AAA Oklahoma is helping kids get to and from school through its School Safety Patrol Program.

Spokesman Chuck Mai says in Oklahoma the organization spends 15 to 20-thousand dollars a year to equip the oldest grade level students in more than 240 elementary schools.

"The Sam Browne belts that you see the kids wear over the shoulder around the waists. Badges: We have sergeant, lieutenant and captains, as well as patrol badges. Also the literature. The care and consent cards. The membership cards."

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A more than four-year legal challenge to overturn Oklahoma’s voter identification law was rejected this week by a state district court judge, who upheld the constitutionality of the measure.

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons dismissed the case Monday after hearing arguments from lawyers representing the Oklahoma State Election Board and Tulsa resident Delilah Christine Gentges. Gentges’ attorney said he plans to appeal the decision.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 17, 2016:

  • The Oklahoma City Council approves an historic water agreement with the tribes. (NewsOK)

  • A proposed stormwater utility vote could impact Norman schools. (NewsOK)

  • Presidential candidate Donald Trump picks Governor Fallin to his Agriculture Advisory Committee. (AP)

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Programming Changes Coming to KOSU

KOSU is continuing its 60th year of radio broadcasting in 2016, and I am proud to have been part of this station for more than a third of that time. As station director during past nine years, I have been privileged to stand alongside a great team of public radio professionals and listener financial partners to preserve and grow KOSU’s media services. Together, we expanded KOSU’s weekday national news programming, strengthened local news content through collaborations such as StateImpact and...
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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

Oklahoma City Public Schools

At the Oklahoma City Public School Board meeting on Monday night, the president of the teacher’s union, Ed Allen, called for one board member to step down, at least momentarily.

Allen believes board member Gloria Torres could have been involved in enrollment fraud at the Oklahoma City Community College, where she is the director of Community Outreach and Education.

According to The Oklahoman, two OCCC employees for Torres’s department were suspended with pay on August 11.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

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:

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