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Headlines for Wednesday, January 18, 2017:

  • AG Pruitt begins confirmation hearings today to head the EPA. (Tulsa World)

  • Some OKC School Board members express concern about the district’s suspension rates. (NewsOK)

An autopsy on an Oklahoma State University student from Texas who was found dead in a fraternity house says he died of alcohol poisoning and an enlarged heart.

The report released Tuesday by the state medical examiner's office says the death of 20-year-old Brandon Matthew Cavazos of Bedford, Texas, was accidental.

Headlines for Tuesday, January 17, 2017:

  • The regulatory record of AG Scott Pruitt faces close examination. (KOSU)

  • Trump’s Ed Secretary pick donated money to PAC supporting Oklahoma school choice candidates. (Tulsa World)

A new concert series known as the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is coming to the Oklahoma City Civic Center this Saturday night.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with producer Jason Michael Paul who tells us more about the experience.

The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses stats at 7:30 in the Oklahoma City Civic Center.

The Takeaway is coming to Oklahoma next week and will be broadcasting from KOSU's Oklahoma City studios for several days.

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President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, walked back a legal fight to clean up rivers polluted by chicken manure after accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions linked to the poultry industry, campaign and court records show.

Betsy DeVos, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, has given millions in campaign contributions to politicians across the country.

Some of that fiscal muscle trickled into Oklahoma during the last election cycle through a pro-school-choice “Super PAC” that, notably, opposed so-called “teachers’ caucus” candidates in many instances. (The caucus arose out of many educators’ frustration over what they view as low education funding levels and teacher pay.)

Oklahoma country music star Toby Keith has been announced to headline the inauguration concert for President-elect Donald Trump just one week from today.

The “welcome celebration” concert will also feature rock band 3 Doors Down, singer Lee Greenwood, and actor Jon Voight.

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 rocky start for a committee investigating sexual harassment claims against two lawmakers as one of the members walks out refusing to sign a confidentiality agreement and the governor is getting ready to release her executive budget facing a nearly $870 million shortfall as agencies come to the capitol asking members of the House Appropriations Committee for more money.

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Drought is back in Oklahoma. More than half the state now falls in the extreme drought category, and normally water-rich southeast Oklahoma is bearing the brunt of a very dry fall and winter.

Tree stumps poke above Atoka Lake’s surface, and it’s easy to see where the water line used to reach. In early 2016, lake levels were high. But now, Atoka is in the bullseye of the worst of Oklahoma’s current drought. Atoka Emergency Manager Derrick Mixon says last week’s snowstorm didn’t help much.

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