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Headlines for Thursday, January 18, 2018:

  • New Sooner Poll shines light on performance of Gov Fallin and the state legislature. (Tulsa World)

  • Teachers’ Union joins Step Up Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

Headlines for Wednesday, January 17, 2018:

  • The head of Oklahoma’s Corrections Department says the state needs two new prisons. (Tulsa World)

  • Lawmakers hear from other agency heads on the budget. (Journal Record)

Ryan LaCroix, host of KOSU's All Things Considered and co-host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 25 favorite songs of 2016:

25. Thundercat ft. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins - "Show You The Way"

24. CLOSENESS - "More Romantic"

Headlines for Tuesday, January 16, 2018:

  • Extreme cold forces schools in northeast Oklahoma to close for the day. (Tulsa World)

  • Business leaders’ budget plan might be a tough sell. (Journal Record)

Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Kids are scattered around the preschool classroom at Zarrow International School in Tulsa. It’s loud and chaotic, but it’s organized. Some students paint pictures; others write out the letters of the alphabet. The small group sitting around teacher Irene Castell is learning to count and compare numbers.

Castell says many kids would not learn these skills if they stayed home, or went to daycare.

“We always hear back from teachers of kindergartners, ‘We can always tell who’s been to pre-K,’” she says.

Headlines for Friday, January 12, 2017:

  • Oklahoma business leaders call for legislative, executive reform to raise revenue for the state. (NewsOK)

  • The state’s case against opioid manufacturers gets a trial date. (Journal Record)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Governor's threat to veto any budget bill in the second special session which doesn't include a pay raise for teachers, the Oklahoma Education Association releases a poll showing support in Oklahoma for a teacher pay raise and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association challenges the constitutionality of an initiative petition to increase taxes on oil and gas wells to fund education.

StoryCorps

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Oklahoma City from February 8 to March 9, 2018 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.

Headlines for Thursday, January 11, 2017:

  • Fallin threatens budget veto in the second special session without a teacher raise. (NewsOK)

  • A new poll shows overwhelming support in Oklahoma for teacher raises. (Tulsa World)

The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association on Wednesday filed two separate state Supreme Court challenges to a proposed state question that would ask voters to end industry discounts and impose a broad 7 percent tax on oil and gas production to fund teacher pay raises and early childhood education.

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