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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Looking at the Races for November 4th

  KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about some of the more exciting races in the upcoming general election including Governor, Superintendent and Congressional District Five as well as news the Governor has given huge pay raises to her Finance Director and the Secretary of State.

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Getting Ready for Common Core's Replacement

  Oklahoma representatives are trying to find a replacement for the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

KOSU's Danniel Parker reports on last week's House Education Committee meeting.

    

House Bill 3399 made Oklahoma one of ten states not to use Common Core educational standards. A committee led by state rep Ann Coody is helping create a new standard for the state, set to begin in 2016.

Director of Secondary Education for Stillwater Schools Walter Howell says this raises some issues and leaves some teachers in a scramble

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:37 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Eastern Oklahoma Coal Mining Comeback Stalls as Demand From China Falls

Steel Plant, Anshan, Liaoning, China, February 2009.
Sonya Song / Flickr

In May of last year, it looked like impoverished areas of eastern Oklahoma would be getting a lifeline. Coal mining, once a vital industry there, appeared to be headed for a comeback thanks to booming international demand.

Local residents were excited about the prospect of hundreds of new jobs when StateImpact first visited Heavener, but the mining project has stalled.

Ouro Mining Company’s massive Heavener Project along the Oklahoma-Arkansas border was supposed to be producing coal — and jobs — by now. In April 2013, locals in Heavener, like waitress Leslea Absire, couldn’t wait.

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Carless in OKC
7:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Negative Opinion of OKC Public Transit

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Going without a vehicle in Oklahoma City means finding another means of getting around town. Sometimes this could mean some form of public transportation.

Unfortunately, many people frown upon these modes of travel.


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Arts & Culture
7:05 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Family Friendly Trick or Treating at the OKC Zoo

A Halloween tradition is entering its 31st year this weekend at The Oklahoma City Zoo.

Haunt the Zoo gives Oklahoma children a chance to collect treats from costumed characters in a safe and exciting environment.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Celebrating Local Filmmakers at Langston

New and unique movies never seen before are coming to Langston University next week.

21 Elementz is sponsoring LU Cinema, a monthly viewing of innovative projects and films such as dramas, thrillers, horrors and video essays.

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KOSU Music
5:45 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

KOSU Music: Sleater-Kinney, Bob Dylan & The Band & Future Islands

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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.

Today, we look a new track from the recently reunited rock three-piece Sleater-Kinney, a previously unreleased track from Bob Dylan and The Band's The Basement Tapes sessions, and a remix of a Future Islands song by DJ Dodger Stadium.

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Sports
1:41 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

NCAA: Sports Illustrated Report on Oklahoma State 'Unfounded"

Oklahoma State's Cooper Bassett tackles Arizona quarterback Nick Foles in 2010.
Credit Flickr / xtrah

An inquiry by the NCAA and an independent investigator has concluded that a Sports Illustrated expose alleging misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program to be "fundamentally unfounded."

The NCAA and the university said Tuesday the joint investigation included nearly 100 interviews and a review of some 50,000 documents and emails. It found three instances that may lead to NCAA infractions:

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On Tap
10:09 am
Tue October 21, 2014

KOSU to Host Candidate Forum at October's On Tap

Steve Russell (left) and Al McAffrey (right) are candidates for Congressional District 5.

KOSU is holding a candidate forum during this month's On Tap at Picasso Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District.

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JenX with Jennifer James McCollum
8:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Embracing the Past Through Pictures

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Photography has always had a way of linking us to the past especially over the past 50 years.

In this week’s JenX, Jennifer James McCollum introduces us to a little known photographer who brought history to life.


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