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.

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The Economist looks at education in Oklahoma, where teacher pay is low and budgets have been cut 28.2% since 2008, the biggest reduction in the country.

StoryCorps

StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Oklahoma City from February 8 to March 9, 2018 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Having collected more than 65,000 interviews from Americans in all 50 states, StoryCorps has gathered one of the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Rep. Scott Inman has withdrawn his planned resignation, opting to return to the Oklahoma House of Representatives during the upcoming legislative session.

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Updated: November 8, 2017 at 6:01 p.m.

After nearly four hours of floor debate and questions, a budget package that would have filled most of the state’s estimated $215 million budget shortfall and provide raises to teachers and some state employees has failed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

House Bill 1054 would have raised the production tax rate on oil wells from 2 to 4 percent and increased taxes on cigarettes, fuel, and low point beer.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

House Minority Leader Scott Inman has dropped out of the gubernatorial race and resigned from the Legislature, effective January 2018.

In a Facebook post, Inman says he is disappointed and writes that his roles and responsibilities "did not come without a price." He also asks for "your understanding, your prayers, and privacy during this time."

The state representative has served Del City since 2006 and acted as Minority Leader since 2010.

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The Dinner Party Download will end its run on December 1.

Below is part of a note from the show's hosts Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano:

Alas, like all good dinner parties, our party must come to an end. After ten years as a pioneering podcast and six years as a public radio weekend show, on December 1st, we are parting ways with American Public Media.

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Updated: September 28, 2017 at 7:22 p.m. CST

Oklahoma State University has terminated associate head basketball coach Lamont Evans for cause, following the filing of multiple fraud and corruption charges.

Evans was charged on Tuesday with bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes, honest services fraud conspiracy, honest services fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and Travel Act conspiracy. He faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

Reveal

Oklahoma incarcerates women, many of them mothers, at a rate more than twice the national average.

As the state grapples with an emerging political consensus around criminal justice reform, The Atlantic  and Reveal joined together yesterday in Oklahoma City to discuss female incarceration and criminal justice reform in Oklahoma.

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