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Oklahoma City Preschoolers Learn Through Punk Rock

Jarred Geller uses punk rock to teach his preschoolers about shapes and geography. “If I play ‘Wheels on the Bus’ it’s hard for them to get invested in that,” he said. But with catchy, poppy hooks, and fist-pumping riffs, the 5-year-olds are all in. Geller started his "Punk Rock Preschool" at Eugene Field Elementary in Oklahoma City last January. He knew that fun and play were essential to young students, so he wrote some songs to incorporate rocking out into his lesson plans. “It makes...
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Headlines for Thursday, September 24, 2015:

  • Attorneys for Richard Glossip accuse prosecutors of intimidating a witness in their case. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa’s Sheriff goes before the grand jury investigating his office. (Tulsa World)

  • Religious leaders denounce Presidential candidate Donald Trump before his visit. (News9)

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Visiting the White House yesterday, Pope Francis spoke about the environment.


POPE FRANCIS: Climate change is a problem. We can no longer be left to our future generations.

Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Federal inmates who met with President Barack Obama at an Oklahoma prison during the filming of a documentary in July are hopeful the show will influence policymakers.

About 50 inmates gathered at the El Reno federal prison Wednesday to watch the premiere of "Fixing the System," a Vice on HBO special report. Obama spoke with six of the inmates during his visit.

"Fixing the System" will air on HBO on Sunday, September 27 at 9 p.m.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 23, 2015:

  • Attorneys for Richard Glossip are challenging the new date set by the courts. (NewsOK)

  • A new disciplinary plan at Oklahoma City schools appears to be working. (NewsOK)

  • Educators raise concerns new OKC discipline plan makes student conduct worse. (NewsOK)


In a 184-page encyclical assigning moral responsibility to the fight against climate change, Pope Francis in June urged the world to phase out its addiction to fossil fuels.

The U.S. Department of Interior has decided that the greater sage grouse, a peculiar and distinctly Western bird, does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that an unprecedented land conservation effort has already significantly reduced the threats to sage grouse.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the conservation marked a successful effort by the government and ranchers on public and private lands.

Headlines for Tuesday, September 22, 2015:

  • New evidence raises doubts over the guilt of Richard Glossip. (Tulsa World)

  • The State Pardon and Parole Board withdraws new policies on commutations. (NewsOK)

  • Officials lift lockdown at prisons following deadly attack earlier this month. (Tulsa World)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Executives of oil and coal companies pushed Gov. Mary Fallin to “pay more attention” to their industries in public remarks, according to state emails obtained by Greenwire.

The emails, obtained through the Oklahoma Open Records Act, detail internal discussions as Fallin’s prepared for the 2013 Governor’s Energy Conference, Manuel Quiñones and Mike Soraghan report.

Updated at 6:40 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ended his campaign for president Monday, capping off a rapid rise and equally rapid fall in the GOP race.

At a brief 6 p.m. ET press conference in Madison, Wis., Walker said he was suspending his White House bid, in part, to stop the current GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

"Today I feel I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field," Walker said.

Headlines for Monday, September 21, 2015:

  • Chesapeake Energy faces more than 400 lawsuits totaling a billion dollars. (Dallas Morning News)

  • Comments about threats to Tulsa County Sheriff’s office were quote-misconstrued. (Tulsa World)

  • National and state fingerprinting programs are coming under fire. (NewsOK)