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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 Tuesday, August 16, 2016:

  • Low bidders for Medical services at the Tulsa jail come from businesses with ties to a state lawmaker. (Tulsa World)

Donald Trump's missteps since the conventions have put Hillary Clinton in a dominant position.

If the election were held today, according to the latest NPR analysis of polling, demographics and on-the-ground reporting, Clinton would win in a landslide of 2008 proportions. She has solidified her leads in key battleground states and crosses the threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House in the NPR Battleground Map with just states where she already has a significant lead.

Emily S. Chambers

Two U.S. presidential hopefuls are suing the state of Oklahoma, arguing its ballot-access laws unconstitutionally discriminate against third-party and independent candidates for president.

The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court on behalf of Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein of Massachusetts and independent presidential candidate Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente of Florida. Three Oklahoma residents and Stein supporters also are listed as plaintiffs in the suit.

It seeks to prevent the Oklahoma Election Board from enforcing the state's ballot-access laws.

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Buried amid the excitement of competing for a Big 12 championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff last season was the fact that Oklahoma State struggled on defense at times, surrendering 151 points in its final three games — all of them losses.

On top of that, the Cowboys lost their best defensive player to graduation as All-American defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, moved on to the NFL.

Coach Mike Gundy and his staff are hoping that increased depth developing at several positions will lead to better play this season.

Oklahoma Teachers Expected to Spend Hundreds on Classroom Supplies

Aug 15, 2016
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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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Juan Guerrero was scared to get out of prison.

He was serving a six-and-a-half-year sentence in Lawton, Oklahoma, for having sex with an underage teenager.

Headlines for Monday, August 15, 2016:

  • State Finance leaders look at ways to raise teacher pay without using surplus funds. (AP)

  • A new poll shows the state legislature is more unpopular in Oklahoma than President Obama. (Tulsa World)

In response to a Satanic Black Mass tonight, multiple Christian denominations are gathering at the Jesus Wept statue near the Oklahoma City Memorial for a Unity Walk and Prayer Service.

Timothy Tardibono with the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma talks to KOSU's Michael Cross about the event.

You can find more information at okfamily.org.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed veteran guard Ronnie Price.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the signing Sunday. Terms of the contract were not released.

The 11-year NBA veteran played last season for Phoenix, averaging 5.3 points, 2.4 assists and 19.5 minutes. He also has played for Sacramento, Utah, Portland, Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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

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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

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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.

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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:

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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