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Headlines for Wednesday, August 30, 2017:

  • Oklahoma is sending its National Guard to help our neighbors to the south. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma farmers worry about shipments in south Texas. (Journal Record)

Headlines for Tuesday, August 29, 2017:

  • A number of Oklahomans are helping Hurricane Harvey victims. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahomans about to feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey at the gasoline pump. (Journal Record)

Headlines for Monday, August 28, 2017:

  • The Oklahoma government wants to get more residents on the ACA exchange. (Journal Record)

  • Pawhuska students return today after gas leak postponement. (Tulsa World)

Headlines for Friday, August 25, 2017:

  • Oklahoma sets a new record in the number of emergency certified teachers. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers are denying online rumors of a budget deal. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma’s most vulnerable are facing a tough time under more budget cuts. (Journal Record)

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This year, two of Oklahoma’s largest school districts are embarking on an expensive technological experiment: They’re giving students their own laptops to use in class — and take home.

Rich Anderson is in charge of making sure Edmond Public Schools' laptop program rolls out smoothly.

“In my mind, I’m calling it ‘C-day’,” he says.

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The state set a new record today for the number of emergency certified teachers in Oklahoma classrooms.

The State Board of Education approved 574 new emergency certifications, bringing this year’s total to about 1,400.

Last year, there were 1,160 emergency certified teachers in Oklahoma. Five years ago there were 32.

Schools ask for permission to hire emergency certified teachers after proving they could not find anyone with traditional qualifications.

Headlines for Thursday, August 24, 2017:

  • A debate for Oklahoma County Sheriff turns ugly ahead of a special election next month. (NewsOK)

  • EMSA increases ambulance fees to offset legal bills. (Tulsa World)

Today we're heading to Nashville to hang with a band that sounds nothing like what you might expect from Nashville: a new-wave-ish party band called Republican Hair. The band draws inspiration from the sounds of the 1980s — in particular from Prince. And as band leader Luke Dick tells us, they're having a pretty great time with it.

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A new survey shows what many state leaders feared: Oklahoma’s teacher shortage is getting worse.

As of August 1, there were still 500 unfilled teaching positions across the state. That's according to a survey conducted by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

Shawn Hime, the Executive Director of the OSSBA, says his agency talked to more than 300 school districts in order to complete the survey.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 22, 2017:

  • OKC School Board moves forward with a lawsuit against the state legislature. (NewsOK)

  • Legislators question loosening of charter school laws. (Journal Record)

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