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8:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

This Week in Oklahoma Politics: Elections, Education and Executions

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the results of the primary runoffs on Tuesday, the State Board of Education starting the process of creating new school standards and a lawsuit by media groups over the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.

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Education
5:53 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Federal Education Officials: Oklahoma Educational Standards Not Good Enough

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Federal education officials say Oklahoma's public school standards aren't sufficiently preparing students for college or careers and will pull a waiver that lets the state bypass some provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to the state Thursday saying that while Oklahoma had benefited from the flexibility, it couldn't justify an extension.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Autopsy Reveals Drugs Killed Oklahoma Inmate in Troubled Execution

Clayton Lockett was executed in April.
Credit AP

A report on a problematic execution in Oklahoma shows lethal drugs caused the inmate to die, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him.

Prisons Director Robert Patton had said inmate Clayton Lockett died from a heart attack several minutes after he ordered the execution stopped. In a report released Thursday, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety said all three execution drugs were found throughout Lockett's system. A medical examiner declared that the cause of death was "judicial execution by lethal injection."

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The Mix
2:14 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Mix Hosts Matt Stansberry and the Romance & KALO

Matt Stansberry and the Romance
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KOSU, Dunlap Codding and Robot House Creative host The Mix, a  free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.

The next edition of the series takes place at 7pm, Thursday, September 11 at DC on Film Row and will feature Oklahoma City pop and soul band Matt Stansberry and the Romance and Oklahoma City blues band KALO.

StateImpact Oklahoma
12:48 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Boom and Gloom: Tourism and Industry Collide Along Oklahoma’s Scenic Rivers

Debbie Doss picks up garbage and loose clothing left behind by careless tourists along Lee Creek.
Logan Layden / State Impact Oklahoma

This is part three of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Part two is available here.

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On Tap
10:56 am
Thu August 28, 2014

KOSU's On Tap for August Focuses on Education

Brett Dickerson

The August discussion of KOSU's On Tap at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District focused on education.

This comes after the State Board of Education formed a steering committee to design a process to create new school standards following the repeal of Common Core.

KOSU's Michael Cross moderates the discussion with panelists Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine and Joel Robison, Superintendent Janet Barresi's Chief of Staff.

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Education
7:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

The Future of School Standards in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is meeting today to discuss the future of standards after the legislature repealed Common Core last May.

The board twice voted to delay the process in meetings this summer, but a vote is expected today to move the plan forward.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports in the third part of our series on education standards in Oklahoma.

After a lengthy discussion at last month’s school board meeting, members voted five to one to table the new standards process till the next meeting.

“The Chair votes 'No'.”

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KOSU Music
5:50 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

KOSU Music: King Tuff, Prince & The Unicorns

King Tuff
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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 at a heavy tune from garage rocker King Tuff, a new track from Prince, and a previously unreleased track from The Unicorns.


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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Making Sense of a Sometimes Senseless World

This week in Jen-X, have you ever had one of those days?

For Jennifer Martin, sometimes it feels like those days happen more and more often, and there’s very little anyone can do about it.


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Education
7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Schools Deal With Fallout Following Death of Common Core

Education standards in Oklahoma remain in a holding pattern with the death of Common Core by the state legislature in May.

House Bill 3399 required all schools return to Priority Academic Student Skills Standards, also known as PASS, until new standards could be developed.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross shows us, not all schools are choosing to throw Common Core into the dumpster.


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