Headlines
8:35 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Headlines: SDE Firings, Oklahoma Health & State of the Union Reactions

Headlines for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s new superintendent fires three more staff members who worked under Janet Barresi. (NewsOK)

  • The future of high stakes testing in Oklahoma belongs to parents. (Tulsa World)

  • The leader of the state Senate admits Oklahoma’s teachers are underpaid. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Wed January 21, 2015

An Emboldened Obama Makes The Case For Middle-Class Economics

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Tuesday.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:55 am

Updated at 9:44 a.m. ET

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Health
5:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican and a physician, plans to revive the fight against the Affordable Care Act in the 2015 legislative session.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:12 am

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze is a foot soldier — one of hundreds — in a passionate war over the Affordable Care Act that is reigniting as state legislatures convene across the country.

The Republican lawmaker, a family doctor, has stood behind three anti-Obamacare bills supported by conservative groups in Oklahoma and other states. None has made it into law, but Ritze plans to pick up the fight in the 2015 legislative session that convenes in the Sooner State next month.

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The Two-Way
11:36 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Republicans' Responses Take Shots At Obamacare, Push Keystone XL

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, rehearses her remarks for the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:36 am

Joni Ernst, who in 2014 became the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, offered the Republican response to the State of the Union last night and introduced herself to the nation.

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The Salt
6:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

A baked potato with toppings on a lunch tray at a school in Wisconsin. Students are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they're rushing to get to recess, researchers say.
Micheal Sears MCT/Landov

Schools are offering more and more healthy foods for lunch. And schools that participate in the National School Lunch program require students to choose a fruit and a vegetable side. Yet plate waste is a big problem in schools; as The Salt has reported, kids throw away anywhere from 24 to 35 percent of what's on their trays.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mix: Sleater-Kinney, Giorgio Moroder & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Sleater-Kinney
Brigitte Sire - facebook.com/SleaterKinney

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the roaring return of Sleater-Kinney, Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder teaming up with pop stars, and Bonnie Prince Billy channeling Hank Williams.


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NPR Ed
5:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What To Expect From Obama Tonight On Education

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is promoting a plan to make publicly funded community college available to all students.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 5:50 pm

On the education front, President Obama's State of the Union address is likely to focus on three big proposals:

First, the president wants to talk about the idea he floated last week of making community college tuition-free. This is new.

The plan would benefit about 9 million full- and part-time students and would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years. According to the administration's numbers, that would account for three-fourths of the total cost. States and community colleges would come up with the rest.

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Headlines
8:57 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Headlines: Tax Cuts, Good Behavior & Centenarians

Headlines for Tuesday, January 20, 2015:

  • For the fifth year in a row a state Senator proposes more cuts to personal income taxes. (Journal Record)
     
  • A bill coming up in the next legislative session hopes to crack down on inmate behavior. (Tulsa World)

  • While state leaders might support justice reform, it might be too costly to achieve. (NewsOK)

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Economy
8:07 am
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

President Obama greets lawmakers as he leaves after delivering the 2014 State of Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Larry Downing AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:09 pm

In so many ways, Jan. 20, 2009, was a frightful day to be taking the oath of office.

The U.S. economy was in free fall as Barack Obama rose to deliver his inaugural address. "We are in the midst of crisis," he said. "Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered."

Exactly six years later, Obama is returning to Capitol Hill to deliver a State of the Union address at 9 p.m. EST. He is expected to highlight the economic progress that has been made since that frigid Day One — and call for more changes.

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Business
7:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

U.S. Should End Its Export Ban On Crude Oil, Study Says

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