This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a surge in independent voters ahead of the primary on June 26th as well as predictions on State Question 788 to legalize medical marijuana.

The trio also discusses a Republican forum in Tulsa's Congressional District 1 where one candidate shamed others in his party for not standing up to President Trump, especially his treatment of women.

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Suicide rates are on the rise in Oklahoma and nearly every state, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 1999 and 2016, suicide rates increased significantly in 44 states. Oklahoma is one of 25 states that saw rates climb more than 30 percent.

Factors contributing to the increases include social and economic problems, access to lethal means like medications and firearms among people at risk, and poor coping skills, researchers say.

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The Oklahoma City Zoo is now a welcome spot for guests with sensory sensitivities.

The Zoo announced the sensory certification on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Candice Rennels says the park partnered with the Alabama-based nonprofit, KultureCity, for sensory inclusive training and other accommodations for guests. Rennels says there will be designated quiet and headphone zones as well as items to check out, like weighted blankets and sensory bags.

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The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Oklahoma City in early 2018, and we're bringing you some of the stories that were recorded here. Locally recorded stories will air Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KOSU.

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With the 2018 election cycle underway, Oklahoma’s public service radio journalism organizations have brought their newsrooms together to launch Oklahoma Engaged: Project Public Office.

Headlines for Tuesday, June 5, 2018: