8:13 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Headlines: Executions, Tax Credits & Anti-Gay Bills

Headlines for Tuesday, January 27, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s attorney general makes an interesting request of the US Supreme Court. (Journal Record)
  • The US Supreme Court declines Oklahoma’s offer to join in an Obama Care lawsuit. (NewsOK)

  • Leaders of the House and Senate are introducing bills to review tax credits every four years. (OK Watch)

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8:19 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Headlines: TPS Superintendent, Solar Power & More OHP Troopers

Headlines for Monday, January 26, 2015:

  • The Tulsa School Board is taking more time to decide on a new superintendent. (Tulsa World)

  • Solar power isn’t trending so well in Oklahoma. (Journal Record)

  • An increase in pay for troopers results in more recruits. (NewsOK)

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State of the Union, Medicaid Expansion & Teacher Pay

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt.

The trio discusses the President's State of the Union Address, the decision by the Governor to not use Medicaid Expansion money for low income Oklahomans and raising teacher pay.

They also talk about possible cuts in the energy sector and Republicans outnumber Democrats for the first time in state history.

8:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Headlines: Texas Pollution, La Luna & Teacher Emergency

Headlines for Thursday, January 22, 2015:

  • Pollution from Texas is invading our airspace and covering a protected southwest mountain range. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • A popular downtown Mexican restaurant is closing its doors forever. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma stands ready in the event of an Ebola outbreak. (NewsOK)

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8:35 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Headlines: SDE Firings, Oklahoma Health & State of the Union Reactions

Headlines for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s new superintendent fires three more staff members who worked under Janet Barresi. (NewsOK)

  • The future of high stakes testing in Oklahoma belongs to parents. (Tulsa World)

  • The leader of the state Senate admits Oklahoma’s teachers are underpaid. (NewsOK)

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5:22 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What To Expect From Obama Tonight On Education

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is promoting a plan to make publicly funded community college available to all students.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 5:50 pm

On the education front, President Obama's State of the Union address is likely to focus on three big proposals:

First, the president wants to talk about the idea he floated last week of making community college tuition-free. This is new.

The plan would benefit about 9 million full- and part-time students and would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years. According to the administration's numbers, that would account for three-fourths of the total cost. States and community colleges would come up with the rest.

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Local News
7:54 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Headlines: Workers' Comp, Same-Sex Adoption & OKC Homicides

Headlines for Monday, January 12, 2015:

  • A judge’s ruling in Shawnee could devastate the GOP law overhauling workers compensation. (NewsOK)

  • Two women in Okmulgee County become the first same-sex couple to adopt in Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City sees a sharp decline in the number of homicides. (NewsOK)

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Local News
8:34 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Headlines: Oologah School Closed Again, Flu Deaths & Education Rally

Headlines for Friday, January 9, 2015:

  • Officials with the northeast Oklahoma school district in Oologah are cancelling classes for a second straight day awaiting word on what killed a six-year-old student. (Tulsa World)

  • A delayed earnings report from SandRidge Energy shows earnings up, bur revenue down. (Journal Record)

  • The number of deaths from the flu jumps significantly. (NewsOK)

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3:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Obama In Tennessee To Promote Free Community College

President Obama speaks at a Ford assembly plant on Wednesday in Wayne, Mich., about the resurgent automotive and manufacturing sector.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:15 pm

President Obama is in Tennessee previewing some of the big issues he'll talk about in his State of the Union address later this month. Friday, he'll speak in Knoxville, focusing on education and an idea that is gathering steam in some states: making community college tuition-free.

In the emerging debate over this idea, there are skeptics and there are true believers.

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Local News
8:24 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Headlines: Oil Prices, Garth Brooks & Elvis at 80

Headlines for Thursday, January 8, 2015:

  • State officials are keeping a close eye on oil prices. (Journal Record)
  • Oklahoma’s newest Congressman is already finding himself defending a vote he made in Washington. (NewsOK)

  • A new report puts Oklahoma near the bottom in states for educational outcomes. (Oklahoma Watch)

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