WATCH: Fallin Says Trump Can Restore Unity, Calm Americans' Fears During RNC Speech

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. country has united time and time again on our core values of freedom, and individual liberty, and justice for all people,” Fallin said. “The principles which made...
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Cities across the state are hoping to cut down their electricity and maintenance bills by updating street and highway lights with new technology. LEDs save energy and money, but doctors say the lights could have unintended health and environmental consequences. David Glabas opens the door and squints his eyes. At the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the laboratory is outside. Glabas, the agency’s assistant chief traffic engineer, cranes his neck and points to a tall tower. During...
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Headlines for Monday, July 18, 2016:

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools is still looking to fill more than 100 teaching positions. (NewsOK)

  • New data on KIPP schools shines light on its success. (Oklahoma Watch)

Conventions give candidates a second chance to make a first impression, even candidates who have been covered by the media as obsessively as Donald Trump.

The Republican convention in Cleveland gives Trump that chance. Here are six things to watch this week:

1. Will the Cleveland convention stick to a script?

Fifty three years ago this week, a 21-year-old rock-and-roll musician named Ulysses Baxter made history in Colorado Springs. On hands and knees, with a wooden salad spoon affixed to his nose, he ascended Pikes Peak--pushing a peanut the entire way.

Three law enforcement officers were killed and three others were injured in Baton Rouge, La., when a suspect fired on officers outside a convenience store.

This comes less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire on police at a protest in Dallas, killing five officers.

Turkey's justice minister says that some 6,000 people have been detained following a failed coup attempt.

That includes some 3,000 military personnel detained in bases around the country, as NPR's Leila Fadel tells Weekend Edition Sunday.

According to Turkey's foreign ministry, the incident killed at least 290 people — more than 100 people involved in the attempted coup, and 190 other citizens. At least 1400 people were wounded.

Updated at 10:00 am:

A coup attempt by factions in the Turkish military crumbled Saturday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his way to Istanbul and his government began reestablishing control after a long night of widespread violence.

"The people have taken to the streets and voiced their support for democracy," the acting head of the military, Gen. Umit Dundar, said at a news conference Saturday. "The nation will never forget this betrayal."

After weeks of speculation, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that he has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

Trump had planned to hold a press conference Friday morning, but he canceled that after a deadly attack in France. He has now scheduled a news conference for Saturday at 11 a.m in New York City.

Pence quote-tweeted Trump's announcement, adding that he is "honored" to join the ticket and "work to make America great again."

Last night, Parker Millsap made his national television debut on Conan.

The Purcell native released his third studio album, The Very Last Day, in March. The album has been nominated for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

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 De La Soul, Flock of Dimes, and Ryley Walker.

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The Internal Revenue Service is investigating a church doing business in Oklahoma that is affiliated with televangelist Robert Tilton.

The Tulsa World reports that Word of Faith World Outreach Center Inc. filed a petition Monday to block a summons issued by the IRS for records held at a Tulsa bank.

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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

Emily Wendler / KOSU

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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Oklahoma City Public Schools is still looking to fill more than 100 teaching positions before classes begin just two weeks from now on August 1.

District officials say they’re actively recruiting, and are partnering with the State Department of Education to find emergency certified teachers.

Here's a list of available positions.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

Oklahoma City Public Schools recently released a more detailed breakdown of its massive budget cuts. This breakdown was presented to principals during a “Back to School” meeting, and shows specifically how cuts could affect students next school year.

The district’s fine arts budget will be slashed by 50 percent, for a total reduction of $195,000. This will impact supplies and transportation expenses. District officials say they will focus reductions on transportation expenses, in order to retain fine arts supplies in the classrooms.

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