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This Week in Oklahoma Politics returns from the summer hiatus as KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the call by Governor Fallin for a Special Session on September 25th after the unconstitutional ruling against the $1.50 fee per pack of cigarettes left a $215M hole in the budget, Oklahoma's junior Senator shows support for DACA after an announcement from President Trump to end the program and Congressman Jim Bridenstine gets bipartisan criticism over his appointment to head NASA.

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Developers recently announced plans to build the country’s largest wind farm in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. The industry is growing and turbine projects are expanding across the state. But wind energy developers are facing a new headwind: military air bases.

The C-17 is the pack mule of the United States military. It’s designed to lift and transport troops, tanks and even helicopters. It’s an enormous aircraft that casts an ominous, looming shadow as it taxis to takeoff.

Headlines for Thursday, September 7, 2017:

  • Governor Fallin plans to call for a Special Session to start on September 25th. (Journal Record)

  • House Speaker says he will call again for the $1.50 cigarette tax. (Tulsa World)

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A Republican state senator from Woodward has been charged with sexual battery over an incident with an Uber driver in June.

State Sen. Bryce Marlatt was charged with a felony in Oklahoma County District Court Wednesday, following an investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department. Maximum punishment for sexual battery is ten years in prison.

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A federal grand jury has indicted former state senator Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City on four felony counts related to child pornography and sex trafficking.

According to the indictment, Shortey faces two counts of transporting child pornography across state lines through email. He also faces a count of producing child pornography and a count of child sex trafficking. Each count carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, with the maximum sentence being life in prison. He could also be fined more than a million dollars, on top of paying restitution to his victims.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 6, 2017:

  • Supporters of DACA gather in OKC. (NewsOK)
     
  • A silent protest over the President’s actions on DACA also took place in Stillwater. (Tulsa World)

For three weeks, local historians have been working to figure out who two Oklahoma City Public Schools are named after. Now, they think they’ve figured it out.

The mystery arose when Oklahoma City Public School officials announced they were thinking about changing the names of four schools thought to be named for Confederate generals. This worried local historians who said that two of those schools may actually named after former city leaders.

Beginning Monday, October 2, you may notice some changes to the KOSU night and weekend line-up. We’re focusing on what you’ve told us are your favorite shows and hosts, adjusting to changing listening habits and bringing some of the best new up-and-coming shows in public radio to KOSU. We’ve tried to curate an enjoyable listening experience that allows you to seamlessly transition from show to show. We’re thinking about our night and weekend schedules in three distinctive blocks: educational entertainment, weekend vibe entertainment and music discovery.

Headlines for Tuesday, September 5, 2017:

  • TPS plans a deliberate approach to possible changing of school names. (Tulsa World)

  • Trump’s pick of OK Congressman Jim Bridenstine to head NASA gets pushback from Florida Senators. (Politico)

Headlines for Friday, September 1, 2017:

  • Oklahoma breaks a record in its prison population. (NewsOK)

  • Broken Arrow Republican calls education cuts “fake news”. (NewsOK)

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