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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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A federal grand jury has indicted former state senator Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City on four felony counts related to child pornography and sex trafficking.

According to the indictment, Shortey faces two counts of transporting child pornography across state lines through email. He also faces a count of producing child pornography and a count of child sex trafficking. Each count carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence, with the maximum sentence being life in prison. He could also be fined more than a million dollars, on top of paying restitution to his victims.

Beginning Monday, October 2, you may notice some changes to the KOSU night and weekend line-up. We’re focusing on what you’ve told us are your favorite shows and hosts, adjusting to changing listening habits and bringing some of the best new up-and-coming shows in public radio to KOSU. We’ve tried to curate an enjoyable listening experience that allows you to seamlessly transition from show to show. We’re thinking about our night and weekend schedules in three distinctive blocks: educational entertainment, weekend vibe entertainment and music discovery.

New York Times reports on the secrecy of Scott Pruitt's Environmental Protection Agency.

The New York Times reports on Scott Pruitt's actions on more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the EPA's 47-year history.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 1:30pm CST today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey.

Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence this week, speaking publicly for the first time since he was fired by President Trump nearly a month ago. The Senate Committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. Election. The White House has given conflicting messages about the reasons for Comey's firing. Sources close to Comey say the President told Comey to shut down the Russia investigation. That's a charge that the White House denies.

EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was back in the Sooner State last week — to talk about what his agency plans to do about saltwater contamination in Bird Creek in Osage County that could be tied to the oil and gas industry.

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A white Tulsa police officer who shot an unarmed black man in September has been found not guilty on manslaughter charges.

A jury deliberated for nearly ten hours Wednesday before returning the verdict just before 11 p.m.

Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby says she shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher because she feared for her life after he didn't obey commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his vehicle for what she thought was a gun. No gun was found in Crutcher's vehicle.

The Washington Post looks at President Richard Nixon's 1974 commencement address at Oklahoma State University, just months before resigning from office.

A bill that adds steep criminal penalties for trespassing on sites containing “critical infrastructure” cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday and now awaits Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature. For more on House Bill 1123, here’s our story from March 2017.

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