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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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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Secretary of State Mike Hunter to replace former Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who was tapped by President Donald Trump as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fallin appointed Hunter on Monday, four days after Pruitt resigned following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate as EPA administrator.

The latest market report from the American Wind Energy Association comes as lawmakers start discussions over the future of state incentives for wind generation “and the possibility of a new tax on wind production proposed by Gov. Mary Fallin,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.

The New York Times Magazine looks at Russell Westbrook's improbable season and his changing status in the eyes of Thunder fans.

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Coming into Mary Fallin’s 7th state of the state address as governor of Oklahoma on Monday, there was one big question: 'How will the state deal with another revenue shortfall, and not cut funding to agencies that provide services?'

The state faces an estimated $870 million budget gap in the upcoming fiscal year. That comes after clawing out a $1.3 billion deficit last year.

"Today, I am proposing a series of bold reforms to stabilize our state regarding both recurring revenue and repairing the structural deficit of the budget."

It didn't start out that way, but a new documentary tying various threads among far-right extremists and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh serves as a history lesson and, indirectly, as a warning that something so horrible could happen again.

The letter to Oklahoma’s three corporation commissioners is especially relevant because of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s pending appointment to head the EPA, Ziva Branstetter reports. “Pruitt would be in a position to alter the EPA’s request and position on induced seismicity in Oklahoma. Such an action would impact energy companies here that have partnered with Pruitt in lawsuits against the federal agency to roll back or halt environmental regulations.”

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The president of Oklahoma State University has apologized after a white student posted an image of herself on social media in blackface.

OSU President Burns Hargis says he met today with black student leaders who expressed frustration and concern over the racially insensitive post. The image was posted six days after a group of OSU students took a similar picture in which some students appeared in blackface on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Tulsa native and Oral Roberts University graduate of Oral Roberts University, Matt Pinnell was the state chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party from 2010 to 2013. At the time, he was the youngest Republican chairman in the country.

Remembering Frosty Troy

Jan 20, 2017
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Longtime journalist and former KOSU contributor Frosty Troy passed away Thursday morning in Oklahoma City, following an extended illness. He was 83.

As a soldier in the Korean War, he filed dispatches for his hometown newspaper, the McAlester News Capital. He later wrote for the Lawton Constitution, the Muskogee Phoenix, and the Tulsa Tribune.

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Today, the United States inaugurates a new president.

At approximately 11 a.m. central time, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States after he takes the Oath of Office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

KOSU will carry NPR live coverage of Inauguration Day 2017 on our air and online.

NPR reporters will be blogging throughout the day, which you can follow below:

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