The Salt
3:55 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Is It Time For A Warning Label On Sugar-Loaded Drinks?

A mock-up of a warning label for sodas and sugary drinks proposed in California by public health advocates.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:15 pm

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: We consume a lot more sugar than is good for our health. Because of this, the next generation of Americans will struggle with obesity and diabetes more than any other. The most obvious culprit is the added sugar in sodas and other sugary beverages, like sports drinks or teas.

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Local News
1:15 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Oklahoma Following Kansas’s Lead On Second Trimester Abortion

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks at the National Press Club January 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Gov.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:20 pm

The Oklahoma legislature is set to follow Kansas in an effort to restrict abortion, after lawmakers there passed a bill banning the most common method used by women in the second trimester.

NPR’s Jennifer Ludden tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that the method, called “dilation and evacuation” has been dubbed “dismemberment abortion” by opponents of the practice.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Tentative Nuclear Deal In Hand, Iran Says All Sanctions Must Be Lifted

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in a photo released by his official website Thursday, stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week.

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 11:02 am

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will only sign an agreement restricting his country's nuclear program if economic sanctions are lifted. The remarks on state TV came as Iran's supreme leader said he's neither for nor against the deal.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said that any arrangements must respect Iran's interests and dignity. He questioned the need for talks if they don't trigger the removal of sanctions, and he reiterated his distrust of the United States.

From Istanbul, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports:

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8:22 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Headlines: Texting & Driving, Tulsa Superintendent Pay & OSU Homecoming

Headlines for Thursday, April 9, 2015:

  • State Senators are sending their House counterparts a tougher anti-texting and driving bill. (NewsOK)

  • Right to Farm legislation makes its way through to the full Senate and if successful could be headed to a vote of the people. (Journal Record)

  • A bill to get mental health evaluations and treatment for inmates passes a House Committee. (Tulsa World)

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Local News
7:51 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Blue Bell Expands Recall of Ice Cream Made at Oklahoma Plant

Flickr / mariya_umama_wethemba_monastery

Blue Bell Creameries has expanded its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

The Texas-based dairy company said Tuesday that no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed.

The Texas Rangers said Wednesday that they won't offer Blue Bell at their upcoming homestand against the Houston Astros. The Astros previously said Blue Bell wouldn't be offered on their opening day earlier this week.

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2015 Spring Membership Drive
12:07 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Member Benefits: T-Shirt & Keep It Local OK Card

Crazy Smarty Radio t-shirt: $60 ($5/month)

We're happy to offer two special benefits for KOSU members during the 2015 Fall Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, April 8 to Wednesday, April 15).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for a new KOSU t-shirt.

For the new membership drive, we're offering a new t-shirt focusing on our new campaign Crazy Smart Radio. The t-shirt are off-white (technically, it's called 'oatmeal.') and comes in your choice of extra small, small, medium, large, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

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Student Population Growth
11:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Student Population Growth A Major Concern For Some Oklahoma School Districts

A class in the assistant principal's old office at Burcham Elementary in Weatherford.
Emily Wendler / KOSU

Oklahoma has gained 40,000 new students since 2008, but funding from the legislature hasn’t kept up with the growth. More students and less money means some schools are running out of space and have been dipping deep in to their savings accounts. They are making do, but it’s at a tipping point for some districts. Either they get more funding and add more space, or the class sizes get bigger and bigger.


Weatherford Public Schools in Custer County—Western Oklahoma—is bursting at the seams with kids. Normally, the district gets 20 new students a year, but lately they’ve been topping 100.

“We’ve filled up every closet, nook, and cranny in the district and we’re just at a point where we don’t have anymore space,” said Matt Holder, the Superintendent at Weatherford Public Schools.

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2015 Spring Membership Drive
10:50 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Does Your Employer Match Gifts to KOSU?

Some of you may be able to stretch your contribution to KOSU a little further thanks to your employer.

Many employers in Oklahoma have some form of matching contribution program, including:

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All Songs TV
10:08 am
Wed April 8, 2015

John Moreland, 'Cherokee'

John Moreland.
Kris Payne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 10:59 am

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8:40 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Headlines: Drilling Ban Bills, Government Spending & Mankiller on the $20

Headlines for Wednesday, April 8, 2015:

  • Bills keeping cities and towns from banning oil and gas exploration advance in the state House. (Tulsa World)

  • Edmond voters ban the use of electronic signs in their city. (NewsOK)

  • A north Tulsa State Representative is moving on to the Senate. (Tulsa World)

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