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 budget situation as lawmakers still haven't balanced the budget in the current fiscal year which ends July 1st and the State Department of Health announcing cuts which could result in nearly 200 employees getting laid off as well as ending programs.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Mickey Thompson has a manila envelope tucked under his arm as he walks towards the Oklahoma Capitol. If the paperwork doesn’t start a fight, it almost certainly will add fuel to one.

Inside the envelope is the handiwork of about 10 people over a couple of months that could clear a path for Oklahoma voters to do something most lawmakers won’t consider: Enact broad tax hikes on oil and gas production to help fund public education.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that black infants in Oklahoma are twice as likely to die before their first birthday than white or Hispanic babies, making Oklahoma one of the worst states for black infant mortality.

Behind the numbers: The death rate for black babies is a staggering 12.9 per 1,000 live births. White and Hispanic infant death rates in the state are much lower, at 6.8 and 6.0 respectively.

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The State Department of Education released a first draft of new computer science standards on Wednesday.

Headlines for Thursday, January 4, 2018:

  • Petition calls for independence in legislative district lines (NewsOK)

  • Ongoing special session is keeping legislative lawyers busy. (Journal Record)

  • Former St. Gregory educators struggle to find work (NewsOK)

Rob Vera's Top 25 Albums of 2017

Jan 4, 2018

Turn of the Century host Rob Vera shares his 25 favorite albums of 2017:

25. Slowdive — Slowdive

Another giant of 90’s shoegaze returns with something fresh, yet something that feels firmly rooted in the ethos of the environment that brought them to our attention in the first place. Dream pop that burns warmly in your headphones.

Headlines for Wednesday, January 3, 2018:

  • A revised financial plan from the Department of Health shows more cuts and layoffs. (NewsOK)
  • State officials resume work to fix the embattled Department of Health. (Journal Record)

In way only he can, Tumbleweeds All the Way Down host Jack Fowler created a fun year-end list of songs that he was surprised to learn were not performed by Jimmie Rodgers.

5. The Jackson 5 - "Blame it on the Boogie"

Headlines for Tuesday, January 2, 2018:

  • AG wants to reduce the cost of utilities for customers. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma saw an increase in solar power over the last couple of years. (Journal Record)

Josh DeLozier's Top 15 Songs of 2017

Jan 2, 2018

Wiretap is an hour-long countdown of hottest alternative songs of the week, every Friday night at 10 p.m.

We asked Josh DeLozier, the show's host, to list his top songs of 2017 - here they are:

15. Samantha Crain - "Oh Dear Louis"

14. Kings of Leon - "Around the World"