This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Governor Fallin issuing an executive order instituting a hiring freeze as well as a freeze on pay raises and bonuses for all state agencies. They also discuss the choice by a sub-committee chairman to not hear any bills negatively impacting the budget.
The trio also talk about State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister's decision to end field tests on Oklahoma students, a bill to crack down on "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs and two bills to make the gas chamber an acceptable form of execution.
Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 11:54 am
Yusor Abu-Salha was one of the young students killed in Tuesday's shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C.
She and her former third-grade teacher, Mussarut Jabeen, spoke to StoryCorps in May. In fact, all three victims in the shooting — Abu-Salha, 21, her husband, Deah Barakat, 23, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19 — attended the Al-Iman School in Raleigh, N.C., where Jabeen taught.
Jabeen returned to StoryCorps Wednesday to talk about that 2014 conversation with Abu-Salha.
Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 7:22 pm
A battle between Alabama and the federal judiciary just turned another page, when a federal judge on Thursday ordered a state official to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade's order sought to clarify that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis should follow her directive, and not a contravening order from Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that has led many state judges to refrain from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. "
When Desmond Mason was a rookie in the NBA during the 2000-2001 season, he was summoned to the league's Midtown office for a sudden meeting with then-commissioner David Stern. Nervously, the 6-foot-6 player for the Seattle SuperSonics headed into the pooh-bah's office.
After 5 years of drought, Oklahoma’s dwindling water resources have the attention of state lawmakers. There are competing bills to study moving water from southeast Oklahoma to the Altus area, and to encourage self-sufficient, regionally based plans to meet future water needs.
Balancing the interests of Oklahomans who have plenty of water with those who desperately need it is a political fight, but not between Republicans and Democrats
“The town of Clayton lost their economic base [when Sardis Lake was built],” Hutchinson says. “Now they’ve converted over the years to a tourism base because of the lake. Now if they take the water out, they’re going to lose twice.”
Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 9:09 am
The U.S. surgeon general lists 21 deadly diseases that are caused by smoking. Now, a study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine points to more than a dozen other diseases that apparently add to the tobacco death toll.
To arrive at this conclusion, scientists from the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute and several universities tracked nearly a million people for a decade and recorded their causes of death.
Two anti-abortion measures have been approved in the Oklahoma House.
The House Public Health Committee on Wednesday approved the "Oklahoma Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act," which would outlaw certain late-term abortions. The bill provides an exception in cases where the abortion was necessary to prevent a serious health risk to the mother. It now heads to the full House.