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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

State Budget, the AG vs. the Supreme Court & the AG vs. the Auditor

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill about the $7.1B general Appropriations Bill.

The Trio also discusses Attorney General Scott Pruitt allegedly misleading the United States Supreme Court and the battle between Pruitt and State Auditor Gary Jones over cleanup at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

Headlines
8:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Headlines: GOP Conference, Museum Bonds & Capitol Hill Mascot

Headlines for Friday, May 22, 2015:

  • Oklahoma's Republican politicians share stage with high-profile GOP presidential hopefuls. (NewsOK)

  • Budget deal allows agencies to tap their own revolving funds. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Oklahoma lawmakers send a message to towns, cities and counties: Don’t bother trying to ban fracking. (Tulsa World)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:24 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Southwest Oklahoma Cities Wrestle With How To Ration Water Amid Plenty

Craig Nance, owner of Nance Landscaping in Altus, Okla. says he hasn't done a landscaping job in Altus in three or four years because of the drought.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

May 2015 already ranks as one of the wettest in state history, and continues to snuff out the four-year drought that dried up cities in southwest Oklahoma. Water rationing helped keep Duncan, Lawton and Altus afloat, but those cities are now scaling back their water-saving mandates.

PRAISE AND WORRY

In Altus on May 19, the city council thanked God for the recent wet weather, and asked for the knowledge to be good stewards of this new bounty of water.

And to many people in Altus, it does feel like a miracle has happened. Craig Nance lives just outside town among greenhouses and young trees, all bursting with life. He says residents have been streaming to area lakes just to take a look at them.

“It’s a parade. And it’s fun to watch,” he says. “People are just driving to the lakes to see the water level. Gotta see it to believe it.”

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Headlines
8:15 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Headlines: Budget Bill Passes House, Wind Tax Cuts Killed & March Against Monsanto

Headlines for Thursday, May 21, 2015:

  • The state budget is heading to the Senate after barely getting through the state House. (NewsOK)

  • The budget making its way through the legislature fails to make cuts to the House or the Senate. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin signs legislation ending a pair of tax incentives used by wind energy developers.  (KGOU)

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Headlines
7:55 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Headlines: Budget Agreement, OK POP & Stillwater Drilling

Headlines for Wednesday, May 20, 2015:

  • State leaders unveil a budget for the 2016 fiscal year starting July 1. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Agencies react to new budget agreement. (NewsOK)

  • A $25 million bond for a popular cultural museum gets passed on a second try. (NewsOK)

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Sample Size
9:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

New Mix: Letterman, La Luz & D'Angelo

David Letterman

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

Today, we celebrate the musical guests of Late Show with David Letterman, and play a disorienting  surf-rock tune from La Luz and a live D'Angelo cover of a Prince song for Spotify.

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

Education
12:53 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Changes Coming for 3rd Grade Reading Test

Third grade teacher, Amanda Neely, working with students at Creek Elementary in Mustang.
Emily Wendler

One way or another, the third grade reading test will be different next school year. The reading committees that lessen the high-stakes nature of the test are slated to dissolve at the end of this school year. But there's a bill in the legislature that could extend them for another three years. However, with that bill comes further changes to the test.

Under Oklahoma’s Reading Sufficiency Act, the third-grade reading test is a high-stakes test. Meaning, if students don’t do well, they could be held back.

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Modern Health in Oklahoma

As Generation Xers get older, the idea of health care becomes more and more prevalent.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis Smith brings us the story of two women and their battle with cancer.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional. You can reach her on Twitter at @JenniferDS_APR.

Headlines
8:37 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Headlines: AG vs. Auditor, Capitol Construction & Record Rainfall

Headlines for Tuesday, May 19, 2015:

  • The Attorney general and State Auditor are battling over allegations at the Tar Creek Superfund site. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma House passes a bill to finish the American Indian Cultural Center. (NewsOK)

  • A board proposal for the popular culture museum known as OKPOP in Tulsa failed to pass by a vote. (Enid News & Eagle)

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KEXP Favorite Sessions
11:36 am
Mon May 18, 2015

KEXP Presents: Other Lives

Other Lives performs live in the KEXP studio.
Amber Knecht / KEXP

"Let's get heavy," Other Lives frontman Jesse Tabish jokes before launching into an explanation of the dichotomies behind the band's new album, Rituals. Conflating old and new styles, while also exploring the balance between humanity's primal nature and an isolating modern world, the Portland-via-Stillwater, Okla., band's densely layered songs still somehow seem light and airy.

Rituals isn't the product of a group going through the motions, either: The group just pared itself down from five members to three (both Josh Onstott and Jonathon Mooney remained and relocated with Tabish), but this is Other Lives' most adventurous set of songs to date. To bring that rich sound to life, the band packed the small KEXP live room with all kinds of instruments — horns, strings, keys, drums, timpani, vibraphone, you name it — for a sensational in-studio performance.

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