Headlines
7:26 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Headlines: OU Fratenity, Education Bills & Amtrak

Headlines for Tuesday, March 10, 2015:

  • OU cuts ties with fraternity after racist video. (NewsOK)
     
  • A bill in the State House could change education in Oklahoma. (Journal Record)
     
  • The Republican majority rejects a plan to delay the income tax cut to take effect January First. (Tulsa World)

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Business
12:03 am
Tue March 10, 2015

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

An employee at the American Disposables Inc. factory works on the assembly line in October 2009 in Ware, Mass. The state has seen rapidly expanding income disparity in the past 50 years as highly educated tech and financial workers have seen big gains and inflation-adjusted income has shrunk for the poorest residents.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 1:57 pm

In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.

Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.

On Tuesday, a book and a separate study are being released — both turning up evidence that the one-generation leap is getting harder to accomplish in an economy so tied to education, technological know-how and networking.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Oklahoma Fraternity Is Closed Over Video Of Racist Chant

The exterior of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma. The chapter was closed by the organization's national office.
Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 2:23 pm

Responding to a video that allegedly shows members of its University of Oklahoma chapter chanting racist slurs about African-Americans and lynching, the national office of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has closed the chapter and suspended its members.

The video reportedly captured a scene of members of the fraternity, dressed in formalwear, chanting slurs as they rode on a chartered bus. It surfaced Sunday, immediately drawing wide condemnation for the chant's mention of lynching and the promise that the fraternity will never have a black member.

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NPR Ed
9:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love

For her trigonometry class, Sarah Hagan (center) uses everything but the kitchen sink: a flower pot, garbage basket, rolls of tape, rubber balls, even loose spaghetti.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:07 pm

What makes a great teacher great? That's the question at the heart of 50 Great Teachers, from the NPR Ed Team.

Sarah Hagan has a passion for math, and the pi-shaped pendant to prove it.

The 25-year-old teaches at Drumright High School in Drumright, Okla. The faded oil town is easy to miss. Fewer than 3,000 people live there, and the highway humps right around it.

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Headlines
7:39 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Headlines: OU Fraternity, Teachers' Unions & Bob Barker

Headlines for Monday, March 9, 2015:

  • An OU fraternity is closing and its members are getting suspended after a video of members participating in a racist chant was posted online. (NewsOK)

  • The State Treasurer issues tough language for lawmakers. (Journal Record)

  • An investigation uncovers a possible secret deal with the Creek Nation Chief and a casino developer. (Tulsa World)

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Station News
7:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

KOSU & Spy Debut New Music Program

The Spy and KOSU will launch a new music show this Sunday at 8 p.m. that will continue our Sunday late afternoon / evening tradition of shows featuring the genres of country, Americana, roots, and red dirt music.

Tumbleweeds All the Way Down will showcase American roots music - country, blues, and folk. If it sounds like blood, sweat, heartbreak or alcohol, you will hear it here. The first episode features songs by Lyle Lovett, Whiskeytown, Patti Page, Sturgill Simpson and many more.

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Politics
10:40 am
Fri March 6, 2015

House Panel Questions Gen. Campbell About Readiness Of Afghan Force

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Controversial Bills, Earthquakes & Wind Farms

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Morning Edition host Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about bills which failed to make it out of committee before deadline, and local chambers of commerce raising concerns about controversial bills making national headlines.

The trio also discuss an investigation which find Oklahoma earthquake experts might have known for years about a connection between tremors and the oil and gas industry and new regulations on wind farms in the state.

Headlines
8:01 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Headlines: Capitol Repairs, Veterans Affairs & Trader Joe's

Headlines for Friday, March 6, 2015:

  • The cost of repairs to the state capitol might exceed the expected $120 million. (NewsOK)

  • Legal challenges remain for the Union Bus Station in Downtown Oklahoma City. (Journal Record)

  • The state House rejects a bill to add more math to Oklahoma high school students. (Tulsa World)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:08 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawton Turns to Weather Manipulation to Aid Drought-Stricken City Water Supplies

A Lockheed WC-130B used by U.S. government researchers Stormfury, a cloud seeding research project focused on reducing the strength of hurricanes.
NOAA

Five years of drought has strangled lakes and reservoirs in southwestern Oklahoma.

The city of Lawton is considering extraordinary means to help fill water supplies. City leaders hope a man with an airplane can manipulate the weather and bring more rain.

Gary Walker has a lot of titles under his belt: Navy pilot, cowboy, water conservation district manager and four-term Texas lawmaker. But he’s not a rainmaker.

“I can’t put two inches of water on farmer Jones’ field; I have to just work with the clouds,” he says.

If he has the right clouds to work with, Walker says he can make them bigger, more voluminous and more likely to produce rain. The weather-modification process is known as “cloud-seeding.”

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