The KOSU news team curates news of interest to Oklahomans from various sources around the world. Our hope is inform, educate, and entertain.

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Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Federal inmates who met with President Barack Obama at an Oklahoma prison during the filming of a documentary in July are hopeful the show will influence policymakers.

About 50 inmates gathered at the El Reno federal prison Wednesday to watch the premiere of "Fixing the System," a Vice on HBO special report. Obama spoke with six of the inmates during his visit.

"Fixing the System" will air on HBO on Sunday, September 27 at 9 p.m.

“Welcome to Quakelahoma,” writes VICE’s Matt Smith, “where in less than a decade the state has gone from having about two noticeable earthquakes a year to about two a day.”


Police say Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has been stabbed to death at a fast-food restaurant and his adult son has been taken into custody.

Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Paco Balderrama said in a statement late Sunday night that officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a Braum's restaurant and found Costello, who had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area. Costello was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

UPDATE (August 16 at 10:12 p.m.): As some of you may have noticed, 107.5 FM is now fully operational! We want to give a big thanks to our technicians and engineers for their hard work in the heat and wind to fix the tower after the catastrophic event.

And a big thank you goes to you, our listeners, for your patience during this process. We're looking at more than $50,000 in unexpected costs due to the lightning strike to the tower. If you wish to donate specifically for this cause, you can do so here.

We're excited to bring back KOSU programming to Tulsa, northeastern Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas!


A Republican state senator from Stillwater says he won't seek a third term in office next year.

Sen. Jim Halligan said Wednesday that the upcoming legislative session will be his last. The 79-year-old Halligan is a former president of Oklahoma State University who easily won the District 21 seat in Stillwater with nearly 60 percent of the vote in 2008. He was unopposed in 2012.

Halligan said he felt like it was time to let someone else serve in the seat, and did not rule out a return to the private sector when his term is completed next year.

In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explains how the Oklahoma panhandle went from unclaimed land to bootlegger's paradise—and is now a road-trip destination.

Wits Has Been Cancelled

Jul 28, 2015

Wits will end its run in September. KOSU is currently evaluating options to replace it in our programming lineup. Below is a note from American Public Media, which distributes Wits:

American Public Media has made the difficult decision to cancel our nationally distributed radio program, Wits.

The New York Times entered the tiny Oklahoma City spot to find fried catfish, tiki drinks, and a great music selection.

MPR talks with 'A Prairie Home Companion' host Garrison Keillor on his pending retirement and the show's future.

Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan, a Tulsa native, took home the Miss USA crown tonight, beating out 50 other contestants.