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President Obama’s Clean Power Plan enraged many top officials in Oklahoma, who argued the rules were an expensive, unnecessary overreach by the federal government.

But the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could create opportunities in Oklahoma, researchers and officials say.

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Headlines for Thursday, August 28, 2015:

  • An investigation into the death of Labor Commissioner Mark Costello shows the attack was planned. (NewsOK)

  • The mass slaying of a Broken Arrow family might have been videotaped. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma’s teacher shortage means larger class sizes. (News9)

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According to data recently released by the ACT, or American College Test, only 22 percent of Oklahoma students were ready for college courses in math, English, social science and biology when they graduated from high school.  Nationally, 28 percent of students met the benchmark scores in all four subjects.

Oklahoma students have maintained an average score of 20.7 on the test for the past five years. Nationwide, scores have gone down slightly since 2011. The national average for 2015 was 21.0

Headlines for Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

  • A judge denies the bond for the man accused of killing Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. (Tulsa World)

  • The issue of mental health is coming up following the death of the Labor Commissioner. (Journal Record)

  • An Oklahoma Representative’s Facebook post is causing controversy. (KFOR)

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 wonderful mixture of blues and southern rock from Los Colognes, touches of soft rock from Destroyer, and light and hazy dance sounds from Yumi Zouma.

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

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Slumping oil prices have fueled thousands of job losses in big energy states like Oklahoma, which is “gripped by a mini-recession,” economist Mark Sneed tells the Journal Record‘s Kirby Lee Davis:

“The notion that Oklahoma has diversified away from oil and gas is, at this point, many, many years away,” he said.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 25, 2015:

  • Mental health issues plagued son of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello. (NewsOK)
  • Despite hiring 600 educators, state remains 1,000 teachers short for 2015/2016. (Tulsa World)
     
  • A literacy program in Tulsa shows success. (Tulsa World)

“Welcome to Quakelahoma,” writes VICE’s Matt Smith, “where in less than a decade the state has gone from having about two noticeable earthquakes a year to about two a day.”

Headlines for Monday, August 24, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s labor commissioner gets stabbed to death at an Oklahoma City restaurant. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences is trying to fill the need for rural doctors. (Stillwater News Press)

  • A new system could slow down doctor’s offices and insurance agencies. (Journal Record)

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Police say Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has been stabbed to death at a fast-food restaurant and his adult son has been taken into custody.

Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said in a statement late Sunday night that officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a Braum's restaurant and found Costello, who had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area. Costello was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

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