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This week, striking teachers across Oklahoma have been following in the footsteps of their counterparts in West Virginia. Their grievances, like those of so many teachers across the country, focus not only on low wages but the general lack of funding from the statehouse for basic operational costs.

Public schools are dealing with a shortage of supplies, outdated textbooks, poorly maintained buildings, and in some cases, a four-day school week.

Public Radio International (PRI) and WNYC announced on Tuesday that reporter and columnist Tanzina Vega has been named as host of The Takeaway, the nationally-syndicated public radio news program heard on 250 stations around the country. She begins on May 7.

Oklahoma Teacher Walk Out Looms

Mar 12, 2018
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Educators across the state of Oklahoma are threatening to walk out after a decade without a raise. 

Oklahoma Takes Opioid Makers to Court

Feb 19, 2018
Claire Donnelly / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Oklahoma will be the first state to go to trial against opioid manufacturers next year.

The state's Attorney General Mike Hunter spoke to The Takeaway on Monday about the state’s lawsuit. He says more than 1,000 Oklahomans die each year from overdoses and the majority of those deaths are attributed to opioids.

Hunter says some drug companies have used propaganda for decades to convince prescribers that opioids were not addictive.

Supporters Reflect On a Year of Trump

Jan 19, 2018
Amber Hall / The Takeaway

About a year ago, hours after Donald Trump was sworn into office, The Takeaway traveled to Oklahoma and sat down with one family of Republicans, The McConnells, who were divided in their support for the president. 

"I think he's too bombastic. I think he goes overboard but I think he appeals to a lot of people, and in some ways, he appeals to me," said Wayne McConnell.

AP Photo / Orlin Wagner

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.

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