Where The Senate Health Care Defeat Leaves Trump, GOP

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET The defeat of the GOP Senate health care bill is a major blow to all Republicans involved. President Trump, whose approval rating is lower than any recent president this early in his term, is now staring at an agenda imperiled. Despite his boasts, he has achieved little of significance through Congress. That failure is compounded by the fact that his party controls both chambers. The position of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, hailed for all of his senatorial...

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More than half the oil and gas a typical horizontal well will produce over its lifetime in Oklahoma is pumped to the surface during its first three years, a new report from Oklahoma Watch shows.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 5, 2017:

  • Congressman Markwayne Mullin breaks pledge to run for a fourth term. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma receives an “F” in workplace safety from a National Advocacy Group.(NewsOK)

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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What's worse than a government shutdown closing state-operated beaches on a sweltering holiday weekend?

Now we know: Seeing photos of the governor — a key player in the budget standoff that caused the shutdown — enjoying one of those empty beaches like it was his own private island.

What role does music play in our national dialogue about immigration? Six young musicians, rooted in six different countries, gathered at Ellis Island, and in Manhattan, to explore that question in a new composition inspired by Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."

The New York Times reports on Scott Pruitt's actions on more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the EPA's 47-year history.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is suing more than a dozen U.S. drug manufacturers.

The lawsuit names Purdue Pharma, Inc., Allergan PLC, Cephalon, Inc., Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. among other companies. It was filed in Cleveland County District Court Friday morning.

The suit argues the companies were "deceptive" and "misleading" when marketing opioids to Oklahoma doctors, by exaggerating the drugs’ effectiveness and downplaying the danger of opioid addiction.

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Beginning July 1, a new fee will be implemented to all professional sports tickets sold in the state.

Oklahomans can expect this hike to affect prices on tickets for teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Energy FC, and Dodgers, as well as the Tulsa Oilers, Roughnecks FC, and Drillers.

House Bill 2361 was signed into law earlier this year to help fill the state's almost $900 million dollar budget shortfall. This fee is projected to generate around $2.6 million dollars a year.

The Blackberry Festival kicks off Friday in McLoud, Oklahoma, a town that President Harry Truman once called the “blackberry capital of the world.” But in recent decades, the blackberry boom has subsided and many farms in and around McLoud have closed or turned to other crops.

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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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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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