Victor A. Pozadas

Student Reporter

Victor A. Pozadas joined KOSU in May 2017 as a student reporter and photographer. He is a Journalism graduate from Oklahoma City Community College.

He currently works as Editor of the OCCC Pioneer newspaper, winning several awards for his news writing and photography. He also reports for El Latino newspaper, presenting bilingual stories on the Hispanic community in Oklahoma.

As a former engineer, his passion for journalism stemmed from a creative curiosity not explored in his previous career, which led him to a collage of opportunities, leading him to KOSU.

He is humbled to be a part of the KOSU team, and can’t wait to explore the influence and impact public radio can achieve.

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A new craft brewery and taproom opens this weekend on the west side of downtown Oklahoma City.

Stonecloud Brewing Co. owner and head brewer Joel Irby is a Stillwater native, who spent the last decade working at breweries in Colorado. He says it's an exciting time for the beer market in Oklahoma.

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Beginning July 1, a new fee will be implemented to all professional sports tickets sold in the state.

Oklahomans can expect this hike to affect prices on tickets for teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Energy FC, and Dodgers, as well as the Tulsa Oilers, Roughnecks FC, and Drillers.

House Bill 2361 was signed into law earlier this year to help fill the state's almost $900 million dollar budget shortfall. This fee is projected to generate around $2.6 million dollars a year.

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Thousands lined the OKC Pride parade route along NW 39th Street on Sunday evening.

The parade capped off a weekend of events for OKC Pride, which was celebrating 30 years since its first parade in 1987. Small gay pride celebrations in Oklahoma City date back to the 1970s.

Above are some photos we took during the parade.

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Never miss an election again, thanks to a new service from the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Oklahoma voters can sign up for text or e-mail alerts for notifications of upcoming elections and reminders to renew their annual absentee ballot requests.

State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax says the system will help Oklahoma voters, making it easier to cast their vote on Election Day.

Oklahoma has notoriously low turnout for midterms and special elections, and the new service hopes to address that issue.

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Gary Richardson, a Republican candidate for Oklahoma governor in 2018, is filing a lawsuit disputing the constitutionality of three House Bills recently signed into law.

The bills add new fees onto electric or compressed natural gas vehicles, automobile purchases, and some tax return filings.

Oklahoma is receiving an extension to meet the requirements in the Real ID Act, according to a statement from Governor Mary Fallin.

The extension from U.S. Department of Homeland Security allows Oklahomans entry to federal buildings and airports using a state-issued ID through at least October 10.

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Oklahoma State Senator Joe Newhouse is being deployed in support of U.S. operations in northern Africa, as a member of the Navy Reserve.

The Broken Arrow Republican was a jet pilot in the U.S. Navy prior to his election in 2016, and flew multiple combat missions during the Iraq War. He says he's ready to serve his country again in the war on terror.

"I've been recalled to active duty. And I want to fulfill my role in this great mission. This is something I believe in, something I'm prepared to do. This is for the greater good."

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Amtrak demonstrated a new train route Friday from Oklahoma City to Kansas City.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson said the new stop in Newton, Kansas would serve as the missing piece connecting the train route into Kansas.

"The Newton expansion has been something that's been talked about for several years with the state of Kansas and the state of Oklahoma," he said. "They're going to show what the train ride would look like all the way up to Newton and then on into Kansas City."

The seventeenth edition of deadCenter Film Festival kicked off last night in downtown Oklahoma City, and Executive Director Lance McDaniel has been planning and anticipating with his crew for the big weekend.

Filmmakers have submitted more than 100 films that will be screened through Sunday in several locations throughout the metro area, with special events and activities in between.