KOSU News

The KOSU news team curates news of interest to Oklahomans from various sources around the world. Our hope is inform, educate, and entertain r AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

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Education
3:44 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind Waiver Reinstated

Credit Flickr / biologycorner

The U.S. Department of Education announced today it is reinstating Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Flexibility Waiver for the 2014-15 school year.

The NCLB waiver was pulled in August following the repeal of Common Core academic standards by state legislators. At the time, Assistant Education Secretary Deborah Delisle told Oklahoma officials they could "no longer demonstrate that the state's standards are college- and career-ready standards."

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11:54 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Garth Brooks: Country Music’s Square, Liberal Dad

The New Yorker looks at Garth Brooks' comeback to country music and wonders where he fits in, thirteen years after the release of his last studio album.
Garth Brooks last released an album of original material thirteen years ago. This week, with "Man Against Machine," the dormant king of pop country returns to a different world. Nobody but Taylor Swift seems to sell records anymore, in any genre. (Brooks has sold more than a hundred and thirty million in twenty-five years).
Local News
5:37 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Oklahoma Senator Wants Online Voter Registration

Credit Ryan LaCroix of KOSU, with data from ncsl.org

The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma Senate plans to introduce a bill to help increase voter participation in Oklahoma by allowing citizens to register to vote online.

State Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton held an interim study on the issue Thursday before the Senate Rules Committee and said afterward he planned to sponsor a bill in the upcoming session.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, voters in 27 states have the ability for full or limited online registration, but not in Oklahoma.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Report: 223,000 Oklahoma Kids Living in Poverty

A new report on early childhood development estimates that nearly a quarter of a million children in Oklahoma were living in poverty in 2012.

The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation also found that about one-third of the state's kids were living with parents who didn't have steady employment.

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2:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

With Faith of Investors, Downtown Tulsa Reawakens

The New York Times looks at real estate investments and the subsequent rejuvenation of downtown Tulsa.
For decades, the Mayo Hotel had been the societal symbol of Tulsa's reign as the Oil Capital of the World, catering to oil barons with names like Getty, Skelly, Phillips and Sinclair. But its closing in 1981 underscored the city's faded status as Houston became the focal point of the energy industry.
PhilanthroPete
10:45 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Help KOSU Share the Stories of Oklahoma City's Homeless Population

Every story has dignity and a uniquely human touch, but some stories are harder to tell than others.

When KOSU opened a studio in Oklahoma City’s Film Row district, we started working one block away from the City Rescue Mission and came in daily contact with the homeless community. We wanted to find a way to tell their story, a story that is mostly untold with dignity.

Now, with your help, we have an opportunity to do that. With the inspiration of programs like StoryCorps and Youth Radio, we are raising funds so the homeless community can tell its story in a very personal way.

KOSU will lend its expertise in radio and sound mixing, and your gift will help recruit members of the homeless community and buy recorders to allow them to tell their own stories. KOSU will then help them mix down the sound into a documentary that we will air and make available for podcast.

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Station News
7:05 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

A Message About On Point

Tom Ashbrook of On Point

Tom Ashbook’s wife, Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, succumbed after a long, brave battle with cancer Wednesday evening.

Tom and Danielle were high school sweethearts from Illinois. They lived in India, Tokyo and Hong Kong before settling and raising their family in Newton, Massachusetts. Danielle was an associate dean at MIT, and served as Director of the International Students office. She is survived by Tom, their three children and one granddaughter.

Tom will be taking some time off from hosting On Point to be with his family.

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October On Tap
7:56 am
Thu October 30, 2014

McAffrey Speaks; Russell No-Shows at 'On Tap'

Congressional District 5 candidate Al McAffrey at KOSU's On Tap on October 29, 2014.

Central Oklahomans are deciding the next Congressman from District 5 between state Senator Al McAffrey and former state Senator Steve Russell.

On Wednesday, October 29, KOSU held a forum which was planned to be a debate between the two candidates.

McAffrey showed up, but Russell did not.

We still had a lively discussion with McAffrey at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District.


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Politics
1:29 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

KOSU to Air State Superintendent Debate Tuesday

Joy Hofmeister (left) and Dr. John Cox (right)

KOSU will air a debate between the two candidates for Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction—John Cox and Joy Hofmeister—live on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. from the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus.

The one-hour debate will be held at the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium, 700 N. Greenwood Avenue in downtown Tulsa. OETA managing editor Dick Pryor will moderate the debate.

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Sports
1:41 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

NCAA: Sports Illustrated Report on Oklahoma State 'Unfounded"

Oklahoma State's Cooper Bassett tackles Arizona quarterback Nick Foles in 2010.
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An inquiry by the NCAA and an independent investigator has concluded that a Sports Illustrated expose alleging misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program to be "fundamentally unfounded."

The NCAA and the university said Tuesday the joint investigation included nearly 100 interviews and a review of some 50,000 documents and emails. It found three instances that may lead to NCAA infractions:

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