The Two-Way
10:05 am
Thu July 9, 2015

New Hosts To Join NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 10:52 am

All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news program, is expanding its lineup of hosts: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show.

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Headlines
8:37 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Headlines: Executions Set, School Testing & Gas Bill Increases

Headlines for Thursday, July 9, 2015:

  • Three death row inmates who lost their legal battle in the US Supreme Court will die before the end of the year. (NewsOK)

  • The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court denies former Chief Chad Smith’s challenge of the recent election. (Muskogee Phoenix)

  • A new survey shows the number of chronically homeless in Oklahoma City dropped for the second straight year. (NewsOK)

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Local News
8:23 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Debate In Oklahoma Widens Over 10 Commandments Monument

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 6:53 pm

Copyright 2015 KOSU-FM. To see more, visit http://www.kosu.org.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Thu July 9, 2015

'A New Day': S.C. To Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

State Rep. John King, D-York, hugs a woman after the House approved a bill removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds early Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:12 pm

The Confederate battle flag that has flown in a prominent spot at South Carolina's Statehouse for more than 50 years is close to being furled and put in a museum, after the state's House of Representatives backed a bill early this morning that would put the flag in a relic room.

After more than 12 hours of debate, the final vote was 94-20.

Gov. Nikki Haley, who is expected to sign the measure into law today, called it "a new day in South Carolina."

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NPR Ed
4:59 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

How Standardized Tests Are Scored (Hint: Humans Are Involved)

We know very little about what goes into standardized tests, who really designs them, and how they're scored.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 10:58 am

Standardized tests tied to the Common Core are under fire in lots of places for lots of reasons. But who makes them and how they're scored is a mystery.

For a peek behind the curtain, I traveled to the home of the nation's largest test-scoring facility: San Antonio.

The facility is one of Pearson's — the British-owned company that dominates the testing industry in the U.S. and is one of the largest publishing houses behind these mysterious standardized tests.

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World News
1:36 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

NYSE, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal All Hit With Tech Issues

A trader impatiently waits for trading to resume on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after technical issues bring the exchange to a halt Wednesday afternoon.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Computer glitches interrupted service at The New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

The three technical issues don’t seem to be connected, and representatives from from all three were quick to point to hardware issues as the cause of the interruption and quell rumors of cyber attacks. The interruptions came after worrying declines on China's stock exchanges overnight.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Oklahoma City Homeless Numbers Decline

Credit homelessalliance.org

Oklahoma City is seeing another reduction in its homeless population, following a survey by The Homeless Alliance.

Executive Director Dan Straughan breaks down the numbers for us in this interview.

If you would like to help, you can can contact the Homeless Alliance at (405) 415-8410 or at HomelessAlliance.org.

The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Federal Court Rules Against Redskins In Legal Battle With Native Americans

A Washington Redskins football helmet lies on the field during NFL football minicamp.
Nick Wass / AP

A federal court has ruled against Washington, D.C.'s, professional football team in a legal battle with Native Americans over the team's name.

United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should cancel the team's trademark of the Redskins name because the name "may disparage" Native Americans.

This order does not go into effect until the team has exhausted its appeals. The next step for the team would be the United States Supreme Court.

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Education
10:32 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Concerns Raised Over Testing and Grade-Appropriate Standards at Education Town Hall

The Oklahoma State Department of Education held a town hall meeting Tuesday night—and invited the public to comment on the newly proposed state academic standards.

The new academic framework has been crafted to replace the Common Core standards that Gov. Mary Fallin repealed last year. Educators gave short presentations—then opened the floor up for questions and comments.

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Headlines
8:14 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Headlines: Ten Commandments Staying, Stillwater Drilling & Healthy Convenience Stores

Headlines for Wednesday, June 8, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin says there are no plans to move the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma’s hundreds of boards and commission could face anti-trust lawsuits. (NewsOK)

  • First draft of state school standards released to the public. (Tulsa World)

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