Headlines
8:48 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Headlines: Broken Arrow Murders, Weekend Heat & 2015 Oklahoma Music

Headlines for Friday, July 24, 2015:

  • The Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow is reeling after what is being called an unprecedented family tragedy. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City is looking into its options on the American Indian Cultural Center. (NewsOK)

  • Architectural plans for OKC MAPS3 park are coming soon. (NewsOK)

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Kids Get Crash Course in Comic Books

The Sterling Gates Fan Page on Facebook

This weekend, DC Comics writer Sterling Gates will host a comics writing seminar for kids at three libraries in Oklahoma City.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Gates about his interest in comics and what kind of advice he gives to aspiring writers.

The first two workshops are taking place Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Southern Oaks Library and at 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Edmond Library. You can find out more information at MetroLibraries.org.

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Health
6:14 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

After a long day, Emeka arrives home to the apartment in South Tulsa that he shares with his father.
Kenneth M. Ruggiano for NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 10:28 am

If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted.

"Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom," President George H.W. Bush said when he signed the bill into law on July 26, 1990.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Army Warns Of 'Armed Citizens' Trying To Protect Recruiting Stations

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the shooting at the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office on July 17 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Since the shooting, armed civilians have begun trying to guard such centers.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:51 pm

The Army is not happy about armed civilians who have been appearing at recruiting stations in several states in the wake of the Chattanooga shootings, ostensibly to help guard against such attacks.

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Here & Now
4:10 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Tulsa Braces For 100-Degree Weekend

Liz Moody, left, and Stephanie Russell, right, both of Forest Grove, Oregon, cover their heads with towls to keep cool as they watch a World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City on July 21, 2011. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

NOAA’s National Climate Data Center reported this week that temperatures across the globe for the first six months of 2015 are the warmest on record.

While that is great for beachgoers, it also endangers millions of lives, as heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States.

One city that’s feeling the heat is Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has 100-degree temperatures forecast for the weekend.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:48 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Oklahoma’s Economically Vital Seaport Still Struggling After Rains Scuttle Shipping

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Tulsa office snapped this photo of the Webbers Falls Lock and Dam in late May 2015.
USACETULSA / Flickr

Two and a half million tons of wheat, fertilizer, steel, and manufacturing goods pass through the Port of Catoosa each year.

But not in 2015. The nation’s most inland seaport, located near Tulsa, shut down after historic spring rains and is still struggling to rebound.

From the Port of Catoosa, barges makes their way down the Verdigris River, to the Arkansas River and east to the Mississippi along the McClellan-Kerr Navigation system, Oklahoma’s water link to the Gulf of Mexico and river towns to the east like Pittsburg and Chicago. The waterway was the most expensive civil works project the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had ever built when it opened in 1971, and it was pushed by powerful Senator Robert S. Kerr, of Oklahoma.

“There’s over a billion and a half dollars of private investment, just at this port,” says David Yarbrough, the port’s deputy director. “8,000 maritime jobs in Oklahoma.”

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Headlines
9:00 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Headlines: Planned Parenthood Funding, Satanic Statue & H&8th Competition

Headlines for Thursday, July 23, 2015:

  • Oklahoma Senator James Lankford wants to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. (The Hill)

  • A new report ranks Oklahoma City’s roads as the 16th worst in the nation for large cities. (KOSU)

  • Oklahoma ranks second in heart disease deaths. (NewsOK)

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu July 23, 2015

OKC Roads Costing Drivers

Credit by Jonathan Youngblood

A new report from the transportation group known as TRIP finds Oklahoma City roads are among the roughest in the nation.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Associate Director of Research and Communication Carolyn Kelly about the study.

For more on the report visit TRIPnet.org.

Headlines
8:14 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Headlines: Sheriff Grand Jury, AG Power Expansion & OSU Football

Headlines for Wednesday, July 22, 2015:

  • A grand jury against Tulsa’s Sheriff with 12 people including three alternates is getting to work today. (Tulsa World)

  • A new proposal is getting considered for a new Oklahoma County Jail. (Journal Record)

  • A state Senator wants a lawsuit against him put on hold. (Tulsa World)

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Wed July 22, 2015

How The Big New Education Law Could Cut Testing Time

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 11:36 am

Both houses of Congress have now passed versions of the bill that would update the largest federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, for the first time since 2001. They are big, meaty and complicated, and now they have to be reconciled into one messy Dagwood sandwich of a bill to go to the president.

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