8:39 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Headlines: Power Outages, GOP Conference & Gas Prices

Headlines for Monday, May 18, 2015:

  • The reserve deputy controversy in the Tulsa Sheriff’s office might jeopardize plans for a new jail. (Tulsa World)

  • Public Service of Oklahoma crews are working to restore power in northeast Oklahoma. (Fox23)

  • The Cherokee Tribe’s economic impact in northeast Oklahoma is booming. (Journal Record)

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Sun May 17, 2015

WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

A tornado in Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.
TVNWeather.com YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 2:21 pm

Tornadoes in western Oklahoma damaged homes, brought down power lines and otherwise caused havoc Saturday evening, but no casualties have been reported.

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Third Grade Reading Test
5:11 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Fifteen Percent of Third Graders Face Retention Based on Preliminary Test Results

Third grade reading scores came out on Friday, and about 85 percent of the test-takers will be promoted to fourth grade based on the preliminary results released by the State Department of Education.

Under the Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act, students must attain at least a “Limited Knowledge” score on the third grade reading test to be automatically promoted to the fourth grade.

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4:55 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail

Bloomberg Business reports that Harold Hamm, the billionaire CEO of Continental Resources, told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed.
Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil and gas activity and the state's nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, according to the dean's e-mail recounting the conversation.
This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gun Bills, Bond Issues & GOP Domestic Violence

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about Governor Fallin vetoing a bill to keep cities from banning guns at events, but signs a bill allowing for guns at schools as well as two $25 million bonds for the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City and the OK POP museum in Tulsa.

The trio also discuss calls by Republicans to fire a member of the state GOP who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse and for the first time this fiscal year, general revenue collections fell below estimates.

8:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Headlines: AG Accusations, College Tuition & Special Olympics

Headlines for Friday, May 15, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney general is facing accusations his office lied to the US Supreme Court. (KFOR)

  • The $25 million dollar bond for the American Indian Cultural center moves forward. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa’s popular cultural museum, OKPOP, bond makes it out of committee. (Tulsa World)

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8:17 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Headlines: Social Promotion, Ballot Access & Livable Streets

Headlines for Thursday, May 14, 2015:

  • Three Republican Women in the state Senate are asking for the resignation of a state GOP operative. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers are debating changes to the state’s third grade reading retention law. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill creating greater ballot access for third parties. (NewsOK)

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3:33 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

10 members of Congress Took Trip Secretly Funded by Foreign Government

The Washington Post reports 10 members of Congress, including Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine, took an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, in 2013. The trip was secretly funded by the state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan.
The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top aides to President Obama appeared as speakers at the event.
7:55 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Headlines: Parole Board Resignation, Gun Bills & Budget Cuts

Headlines for Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

  • The leader of the Pardon and Parole Board resigns after less than a month. (Journal Record)
  • Gun rights advocates are urging lawmakers to override a governor’s veto. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill aiming to tighten security at schools-- by allowing more guns on school grounds. (NewsOK)

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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Bixby High School Bypasses Band Contests In Favor of Further Music Education

Jeremy Parker rehearses the Bixby High School wind ensemble as the musicians prepare for their end of the school year concert.
Kurt Gwartney

Competition can be fierce in Oklahoma’s high school extracurricular activities. From athletic fields to performance halls, students take seriously the trophies they bring back to their schools. One award-winning Tulsa-area music program has decided to step away from a hallmark band contest to make the spring semester all about the music.

The Bixby High School marching band, better known as The Pride of Bixby, won its number one spot during marching season with a crazy kind of circus on the field. Unicyclers, tumblers, disappearing color guard members and rotating horn players spread across the gridiron, helping to make their show number one in the state in its class, 6A-2.

But the band intentionally fell silent for the spring state concert band contest. For the second year in a row, the Bixby High School band chose to pass on this contest.

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