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The Takeaway is the national morning news program that delivers the news and analysis you need to catch up, start your day, and prepare for what's ahead. Host John Hockenberry, along with the The New York Times and WGBH Boston, invites listeners every morning to learn more and be part of the American conversation on-air and online here at thetakeaway.org.

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Devastating wildfires ripped across the grasslands in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma earlier this month, and ranchers were among those hardest hit. Some families lost 80 percent of their livestock herds, along with hundreds of miles of fences and land. Seven people have died, several trying to save their cattle. 

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in a rushed vote by the Senate last Friday, after Democrats pushed to delay the vote.

Democrats knew that there was a batch of about 3,000 of Pruitt's emails from his time as Oklahoma chief legal officer, supposedly showing his close ties to the fossil fuel industry.

Making Ends Meet On A Family Farm in Oklahoma

Jan 31, 2017
Rachel Hubbard / KOSU

About 70 miles northwest of Oklahoma City in Kingfisher County is the town of Loyal, population 81. The Pope Family has lived here for generations, since the Land Run of 1892, which opened the Cheyenne Arapaho Territory in Western Oklahoma to settlers. 

More than a century later the Pope's are still working the land.

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There are over 330,000 Native Americans in the state of Oklahoma, with 38 federally recognized tribes - the second largest Native American population in the country second to California.

As history has shown, those numbers have not always translated to political power in the state, where fights for oil and water rights have often been dominated by U.S. government interests, at the expense of tribes.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

Oklahoma’s state government is facing a budget deficit of around $900 million. One of the casualties of the state's fiscal woes: public schools. They're left facing tough choices like implementing a shorter school week, canceling classes, and consolidating districts. All this as the system is facing a shrinking teacher population and rising class sizes.

Josh Robinson

On the southside of Oklahoma City, Leo Guevera runs a cake decorating business, Leo's Cakery, from a stretch of blocks that's now referred to as Little Mexico.

Guevera spent most of his youth in the Mexican city of Juarez, baking for his family's business. But he immigrated to the United States in 2005, and today he is one of many proud business owners in the state. Working his way through the rigors of American bureaucracy, Guevara earned his citizenship, and this past November he voted for the very first time.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Grapple With Budget Shortfall

Jan 25, 2017
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When Oklahoma's legislature reconvenes in a few weeks, lawmakers will have plenty to deal with. Most pressing on the agenda is a $900 million budget shortfall.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is exploring the possibility of making changes to the sales tax code by eliminating some exemptions in order to meet the budgetary demands. 

Putting Oklahoma City Back on the Map

Jan 25, 2017
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been cited as one of the five most innovative mayors in the United States. 

Amber Hall / The Takeaway

Cushing, Oklahoma is a few miles north of Oklahoma City and is known as the oil and gas pipeline crossroads of the world. The town sets the market price for oil and with oil prices low, it's experiencing a shake up, both figuratively and literally.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, has built a reputation for battling the agency. The former attorney general of Oklahoma has sued the agency several times, challenging regulations on carbon emissions and water pollution. He's also worked closely with the fossil fuel industry, a move that is likely to work in his home state's favor.

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