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8:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Headlines: Tulsa Vigil, Thankful in OKC & Airline Travel

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 26, 2014:

  • Attendees of a Tulsa vigil focusing on Ferguson, Missouri worry about an undercurrent of racism. (Tulsa World)

  • During this time of year, people reflect on things they’re thankful for including where they live. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • Will Rogers World Airport is getting ready for Thanksgiving travelers today. (Journal Record)

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mix: Billboard, John Moreland, Mary J. Blige & Disclosure

Billboard

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look a change in methodology for the Billboard 200, the anticipation of John Moreland's upcoming album in 2015, and a collaboration between the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige and U.K. house duo Disclosure.

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JenX
8:50 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Celebrating the Changes in Oklahoma City

The landscape of Oklahoma has changed dramatically since Generation Xers were children.

For Jennifer Lindsey McClintock, much of it has been for the best.


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Local News
8:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Headlines: NCLB Waiver, Norman Protest & Prison Rapes

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 25, 2014:

  • Oklahoma schools are getting a waiver reinstated through the No Child Left Behind Act. (Tulsa World)

  • Hundreds of students from Norman High School protest the treatment of rape victims. (Norman Transcript)

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General wants information about prison rapes from going public. (Tulsa World)

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Education
3:44 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind Waiver Reinstated

Credit Flickr / biologycorner

The U.S. Department of Education announced today it is reinstating Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Flexibility Waiver for the 2014-15 school year.

The NCLB waiver was pulled in August following the repeal of Common Core academic standards by state legislators. At the time, Assistant Education Secretary Deborah Delisle told Oklahoma officials they could "no longer demonstrate that the state's standards are college- and career-ready standards."

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Local News
8:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Headlines: Norman High Protest, OSU Fundraising & Mega Oil Merger

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 21, 2014:

  • Students at Norman High School are planning a walkout demonstration for bullied rape victims. (NewsOK)

  • Many Oklahomans who get wrongly convicted of a crime aren’t getting compensation. (Tulsa World)

  • A spike in energy growth is creating opportunities for bad business deals. (Journal Record)

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Supporters of Keystone XL Pipeline Come Up Short by One Vote

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 Keystone XL pipeline bill which failed in the U.S. Senate.

Also discussed in this episode are measures being considered for the state Senate to create a $5 billion bond for education and to allow Oklahomans to register to vote online, as well as a new poll on same sex marriage and freshmen lawmakers taking the oath of office.

Local News
8:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Headlines: Immigration Reaction, OU Band & the Kissing Disease

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 21, 2014:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General promises a lawsuit against the President’s immigration plan. (NewsOK)

  • The President’s immigration plan draws praise from some in northeast Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • Controversy over the Pride of Oklahoma at OU results in a returning band director nearly doubling his pay. (Journal Record)

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Politics
12:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Oklahoma Rep. Cole Tapped for US House Budget Panel

U.S. Representative Tom Cole

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is taking over as chairman of a powerful appropriations subcommittee in the U.S. House.

The seven-term congressman from Moore was named Thursday as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

The subcommittee has broad jurisdiction and oversees funding for several major agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor. This includes oversight of related agencies that deal with Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

EPA In the Crosshairs as Oklahoma’s Inhofe Gains Sway Over Climate Policy

Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Inhofe at an impromptu news conference during climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.
Andrew Revkin / Flickr

The Republican wave that put the party back in full control of Congress also put Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe back in charge of the Senate committee that oversees the country’s environmental policies.

The political shift in Washington comes at time when — from President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to enforcement of the Regional Haze Rule that’s riled Oklahoma officials— the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a lot of things in the air.

Election night was a rough one in general for the left, but some of the tears spilled on November 4th were over the specific issue of climate change, and what a fully Republican controlled Congress might do to thwart President Obama’s environmental efforts.

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