Student Population Growth
11:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Student Population Growth A Major Concern For Some Oklahoma School Districts

A class in the assistant principal's old office at Burcham Elementary in Weatherford.
Emily Wendler / KOSU

Oklahoma has gained 40,000 new students since 2008, but funding from the legislature hasn’t kept up with the growth. More students and less money means some schools are running out of space and have been dipping deep in to their savings accounts. They are making do, but it’s at a tipping point for some districts. Either they get more funding and add more space, or the class sizes get bigger and bigger.

THE NEED FOR MORE SPACE

Weatherford Public Schools in Custer County—Western Oklahoma—is bursting at the seams with kids. Normally, the district gets 20 new students a year, but lately they’ve been topping 100.

“We’ve filled up every closet, nook, and cranny in the district and we’re just at a point where we don’t have anymore space,” said Matt Holder, the Superintendent at Weatherford Public Schools.

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2015 Spring Membership Drive
10:50 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Does Your Employer Match Gifts to KOSU?

Some of you may be able to stretch your contribution to KOSU a little further thanks to your employer.

Many employers in Oklahoma have some form of matching contribution program, including:

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All Songs TV
10:08 am
Wed April 8, 2015

John Moreland, 'Cherokee'

John Moreland.
Kris Payne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 1:42 pm

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Headlines
8:40 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Headlines: Drilling Ban Bills, Government Spending & Mankiller on the $20

Headlines for Wednesday, April 8, 2015:

  • Bills keeping cities and towns from banning oil and gas exploration advance in the state House. (Tulsa World)

  • Edmond voters ban the use of electronic signs in their city. (NewsOK)

  • A north Tulsa State Representative is moving on to the Senate. (Tulsa World)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New Mix: Tame Impala, The Mountain Goats & Dylan Stark

Tame Impala

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at Tame Impala blending soul and psych-rock, The Mountain Goats melding the worlds of indie rock and pro wrestling, and Portland producer Dylan Stark creating interesting soundscapes.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Politics
9:52 am
Tue April 7, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul examines a patient's eyes in his Bowling Green, Ky., office in 2010. Paul, an ophthalmologist, worked on his father's campaign while in medical school.
Joe Imel AP

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 1:43 pm

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul announced his bid for the White House Tuesday on his website. The 52-year-old former ophthalmologist's libertarian roots sets him apart from the expansive field of Republican hopefuls, most notably in foreign policy and issues like defense spending.

His father Ron Paul, also a physician, gained notoriety in the late-1980s as a presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, but there are signs the younger Paul is moving more mainstream Republican.

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:50 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Searching For the 'Forever' Home

Shopping for a the right house can be more than just looking for a roof over your head, sometimes it means looking for the perfect place to spend the rest of your life.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Martin shares her experience in not just looking for a house, but looking for a home.

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

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Headlines
8:15 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Headlines: Oil Revenues Drop, FEMA Says No & ODOT Studies Earthquakes

Headlines for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

  • Declining oil prices cuts into Oklahoma’s revenue collections. (NewsOK)

  • FEMA refuses a disaster declaration for Tulsa and Cleveland Counties after tornadoes last month. (Tulsa World)

  • The State Department of Transportation is looking into earthquake effects on bridges. (Journal Record)

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Run

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., listens to a question at the Epoch Restaurant in Exeter, N.H., on March 21. Paul announced his presidential run today in Louisville, Ky.
Cheryl Senter AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 12:42 pm

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced today that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

"I have a message — a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words," he told supporters in Louisville, Ky. "We've come to take our country back."

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The Two-Way
5:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Obama Compares Iran Deal To A House Under Contract, Awaiting Appraisal

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 12:37 pm

I've rarely seen President Obama speak in such definite terms on a thorny issue as he did yesterday about the nuclear agreement with Iran.

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