Health
4:27 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

When Pot Goes From Illegal To Recreational, Schools Face A Dilemma

Schools in Colorado are trying to find effective ways to teach the health effects of marijuana use. "When it's legal for your parents to smoke it or grow it," says one educator, "that changes the conversation."
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 11:21 am

Like many schools across Colorado, Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder has seen an increase in overall drug incidents since recreational marijuana became legal.

While public schools aren't required to report marijuana incidents separately from other drugs such as cocaine, evidence compiled by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News suggests more students are using marijuana.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Budget Shortfall, Education Savings Accounts & AP History

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the $600 million shortfall facing lawmakers crafting the budget, and its likely impact on state agencies.

The trio also discuss the Education Savings Account bills which passed in a Senate Committee, but failed in the House.

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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Black History Celebration in OKC

A celebration of Black history is taking place in Oklahoma City this Saturday with a film festival starting at 10 a.m. in the Oklahoma History Center.

The highlight of the event is the film Children of the Civil Rights screening at Cinemark Tinseltown.

KOSU's Kelly Burley talks with Ayanna Najumma who was just seven-years-old when she took part in the sit-ins at Katz drug store in Oklahoma City.


Headlines
7:27 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Headlines: Police Cams, Wal-Mart Raises & Thunder Wins

Headlines for Friday, February 20, 2015:

  • A bill under consideration in the Oklahoma House could impact transparency in the State. (Tulsa World)

  • Labor troubles at ports on the West Coast of the United States are causing problems in Oklahoma. (Journal Record)

  • A new bill would make it illegal to smoke in a car containing a minor. (Tulsa World)

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Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu February 19, 2015

How Can We Increase OKC Recycling Rates?

Recycling in Oklahoma City leaves a lot to be desired especially if you live in multi-family units, such as apartments.

And, as John and Elizabeth Tankard explains it can be even worse if you choose to go Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Headlines
8:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Headlines: AP History, Wine Laws & Flavorites

Headlines for Thursday, February 19, 2015:

  • The author of a bill to end Advanced Placement History plans changes to the measure. (NewsOK)

  • The State Superintendent is helping to change a bill which would eliminate AP History. (Tulsa World)

  • Devon Energy ends 2014 earning $1.6 billion. (Journal Record)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:15 am
Thu February 19, 2015

As Cities Consider Tougher Drilling Rules, Oklahoma Lawmakers Eye Limits on ‘Local Control’

Protestors outside a public meeting in Oklahoma City about an oil company's proposal to drill near Lake Hefner held signs and chanted "Stop fracking now" and "No more drilling."
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking in 2014, Oklahoma Rep. Casey Murdock took notice. After voters in the city of Denton, Texas — just 40 miles south of the Oklahoma state line — approved a fracking ban in the Nov. 4 election, the Republican representative from Felt took action.

“There is your anti-oil group,” the freshman lawmaker says. “We have activists outside the state that have come in and they’re pushing in these college cities.”

Murdock’s measure, House Bill 1395, is one of at least eight “local control” bills under consideration by the 2015 Legislature. The bills differ in the details, but they all limit, in some way, the power municipalities have to regulate oil and gas drilling or related activities, like fracking.

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Education
6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 9:47 am

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Headlines
8:13 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Headlines: Budget Shortfall, Chesapeake Sues McClendon & Controversial Bills

Headlines for Wednesday, February 18, 2015:

  • State lawmakers are facing a budget shortfall of $611.3 million. (NewsOK)

  • Chesapeake Energy is suing its former owner. (Journal Record)

  • Two anti-gay marriage measures move forward in the State House. (Tulsa World)

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Health
4:36 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

People who practice free-range parenting say it makes kids more independent, but others see it as neglect. State and local laws don't specify what children are allowed to do on their own.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 2:57 pm

Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called "free-range parenting."

That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves.

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