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A Republican state senator from Stillwater says he won't seek a third term in office next year.

Sen. Jim Halligan said Wednesday that the upcoming legislative session will be his last. The 79-year-old Halligan is a former president of Oklahoma State University who easily won the District 21 seat in Stillwater with nearly 60 percent of the vote in 2008. He was unopposed in 2012.

Halligan said he felt like it was time to let someone else serve in the seat, and did not rule out a return to the private sector when his term is completed next year.

The undercover videos purporting to show officials of Planned Parenthood bargaining over the sale of fetal tissue have made the promise to defund the organization one of the most popular refrains of Republicans running for president.

It's actually a much easier promise to make than to fulfill. But that's not slowing down the candidates.

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Oil prices hit a six year low earlier this week as China devalued its currency.

The move is sparking fears of a slowing global economy.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Russell Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University about the possible heightened anxiety for the rest of 2015.

Evans says like most everyone else in the state, he's hoping things get back to normal soon.

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Oklahoma lost a greater percentage of its honeybee colonies than any other state over the last year. On Tuesday, beekeepers, scientists, and farmers gathered at Langston University’s Oklahoma City campus to give their input on a plan to better protect pollinators of all kinds.

Headlines for Wednesday August 12, 2015:

  • The cost to fix the capitol is expected to exceed the $120 million allocated to the project. (NewsOK)

  • A preliminary hearing is set for brothers accused in Broken Arrow family slaying. (Tulsa World)

  • Muskogee County voters pass liquor by the drink on Sundays. (Muskogee Phoenix)

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we play a track from the new collaborative mixtape of Lil B and Chance the Rapper, the first new song from Roadside Graves in four years, and a glitzy new ballad from Babes.

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

President Obama's perhaps most notable statement on race came recently in Charleston, S.C. That's where he gave the eulogy for nine African-Americans killed by a white man in a church.

The president has also continued to address the killings of black men at the hands of the police, and he's pushing to reduce the number of prison inmates, who are disproportionately black.

It's not what he says, but how he says it.

The clip comes from NPR's interview with President Obama last Thursday. In it, Obama sums up what he considers his critics' argument — and laughs at it.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools approved a new emergency operations plan at last night’s board meeting. The new plan lays out specific guidelines for responding to things like fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and school shooters.

But for the most part—the new plan details how the schools will respond no matter what the emergency is. How they will evacuate, take shelter, and how classes will re-unite if broken up.

Headlines for August 11, 2015:

  • Courts strike down another abortion bill. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin sets a special election to replace Owasso Senator Rick Brinkley. (Tulsa World)

  • Tax collections for Oklahoma City fall short of projections. (NewsOK)

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