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.

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)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The State Supreme Court declares lawmakers have the constitutional right to remove an exemption to sales tax on motor vehicles.

Yesterday’s 5-4 decision on a 1.25% tax increase for car sales keeps about 100 million dollars in the budget.

KOSU's Michael Cross sat down with the Governor at the State Capitol to get her reaction to the ruling, the possibility of a special session and thoughts on Oklahoma's aid to Tropical Storm Harvey victims.

Headlines for Thursday, August 31, 2017:

  • Members of the Cherokee Freedmen win their citizenship. (KOSU)

  • Oklahoma emergency responders are staying busy in south Texas. (Tulsa World)

Allison Herrera

A case that helps determine whether or not the descendants of Cherokee slaves have the full citizenship rights of native Cherokees was decided in United States Federal District Court Wednesday.

After nearly three years, Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan in his ruling said the paramount question to be considered is whether an 1866 treaty between the Cherokee Nation and the United States granted the Cherokee Freedmen, or the descendants of slaves, "all the rights of native Cherokees."