Treasurer says FY2014 up 4% from 2013
4:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Agencies Take Cuts Despite Increase in Tax Collections

This chart shows the monthly gross receipts to the Office of the State Treasurer from July 2013 to June 2014.
Credit Office of the State Treasurer

Oklahoma’s revenue collections for the 2014 fiscal year ended on a high note at the end of last month with receipts coming in more than 4% above June of 2013.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross reports, while the money keeps coming in, state agencies continue to feel the pinch.

Most state agencies saw a reduction of more than 5% from lawmakers and the governor at the end of the 2014 session and recently 66 agencies were reduced another 0.12%.

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Health
4:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Tulsa Hospital's MD Anderson Partnership Brings Higher Quality Care to Oklahoma

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La Fortune Cancer Center inside Tulsa's St. John Medical Center announced a budding partnership Tuesday with MD Anderson one of the foremost cancer treatment centers in the world. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports  the alliance may bring new hope to patients.

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Health
10:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Prescribes Fourth Most Painkillers in the U.S.

cdc.gov

Powerful painkillers have been driving the nation's rising rate of overdose deaths, and now the government is singling out the states where doctors write the most prescriptions.

A second report released Tuesday spotlights how a crackdown in Florida led to hundreds fewer overdose deaths from prescription painkillers in just a few years.

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Hunger in Oklahoma
9:25 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Regional Food Bank Struggles from Drought-Induced Livestock Shortage

Regional Food Bank volunteers fill food sacks for distribution in one of its children's feeding programs.
Credit Quinton Chandler / KOSU

Recent years of drought have led to a huge reduction in Oklahoma’s cattle population and record high prices. This year is no different.

Less rain means less grazing, a weaker wheat harvest, higher prices for grain, and on and on the costs go. But, the drought may also make it more difficult for Oklahoma farmers to lend a hand in the state’s fight against hunger.

KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports less rain may mean fewer livestock donations to the Regional Food Bank.

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KOSU Music
6:45 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

KOSU Music's Top 5 Songs of 2014 (So Far)

Sturgill Simpson
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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU. 

This week, we count down the top five songs of 2014 (so far), including tunes from Canadian band Timber Timbre, country musician Sturgill Simpson, noise-pop singer EMA, Oklahoma City band Colourmusic, and art rocker St. Vincent.


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World Cafe
12:41 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

John Fullbright On World Cafe

John Fullbright.
Vicki Farmer Courtesy of the artist

John Fullbright is from Okemah, Okla., the hometown of Woody Guthrie. World Cafe first showcased Fullbright in 2012, when he released his diverse, Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up.

His latest album is simply called Songs. As the title suggests, it's a collection of straightforward compositions, but they take on complicated topics. "Happy," for example, poses the question, "Do you have to have to be depressed to write a great song?"

Hear "Happy" and three other Fullbright songs in today's session.

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:40 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hoarding: Why Do We Have So Much Stuff?

The older we get the more material we seem to pack into our homes.

This is never more evident than when we try to move.

Jennifer Martin shares her thoughts on the accumulation of stuff in this week’s JenX.

Jennifer was a museum professional before kids. Now she spends her time as a mother and active Girl Scout volunteer.

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Business
6:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling?

The Supreme Court said protecting the free-exercise rights of owners of corporations, such as Hobby Lobby Stores, protects religious liberty.
Ed Andrieski AP

When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations don't have to pay for workers' contraception, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses.

Wrong. An estimated 9 out of 10 businesses are "closely held."

However, some benefits experts question just how many of those companies would want to assert religious views.

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Law
5:35 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

A View On High Court's Ruling, From A Hobby Lobby Grand Opening

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:01 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

For more reaction to today's ruling, we go to suburban St. Louis, where there was a grand opening of a Hobby Lobby store today - the company's 605th. Rachel Lippmann of St. Louis Public Radio talked with customers there.

RACHEL LIPPMANN, BYLINE: The ceremony started the same way every Hobby Lobby grand opening does - with a prayer from a member of the company's in-house ministry. Today, it was Winston Hackett.

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Law
5:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

High Court Allows Some Companies To Opt Out Of Contraceptives Mandate

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:07 pm

For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a for-profit corporation can refuse to comply with a general government mandate because doing so would violate the corporation's asserted religious beliefs.

By a 5-4 vote, the court struck an important part of President Obama's health care law — the requirement that all insurance plans cover birth control — because it conflicted with a corporation owners' religious beliefs.

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