Oklahoma

US News
3:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Corrections officer Sgt. Charles Galaviz secures an inmate for transfer with handcuffs and shackles Jan. 24 at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, in Lexington, Okla. Overtime is mandatory for correctional officers in the state's prisons, which have a manpower shortage of about 33 percent and the highest inmate homicide rate in the country.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:40 pm

More than 1.3 million people are incarcerated in state prisons in this country, and keeping those prisons running requires tens of thousands of corrections officers. But right now, some states are facing major staffing shortages.

Much of this shortfall is because of the strong economy, but recruiters also are struggling with the job's cultural stigma.

Cadets at Wyoming's Department of Corrections Training Academy are practicing how they'll handcuff prisoners. In a few weeks this scenario will be very real, but right now everyone is pretty relaxed.

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US News
4:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Nebraska Says Colorado Pot Isn't Staying Across The Border

Deuel County Sheriff Adam Hayward shows off a container of confiscated marijuana in Chappell, Neb., in July.
Nikki Kahn The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:02 am

There's a PSA that greets you on the radio when you're driving the flat stretch of Colorado State Highway 113 near the Nebraska state line: "With marijuana legal under Colorado law, we've all got a few things to know. ... Once you get here, can't leave our state. Stick around, this place is pretty great."

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ODOT Wants Help in Planning through 2040
7:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Oklahoma Transportation Plans for Next 25 Years

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation wants to hear from you about its Long Range Transportation Plan.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the soon-to-be updated 25-year plan will see the state through 2040.

ODOT is holding three meetings next week asking for public help in crafting a transportation plan for the next 25 years.

Director Mike Patterson says he’s looking forward to hearing from people on things like highways, rural transit, waterways and rail.

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Governor Pressures House
5:27 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Fallin Vetoes 15 Bills, Threatens More

  Governor Fallin wants to see more substantive work done in by State Representatives saying too many big problems are being ignored.

Fallin vetoed 15 House bills on Tuesday just to prove her point.

Fallin wants the State House to start focusing on what she calls substantive bills like prescription drug abuse, changing the pension system and a bond for capitol repairs.

To get the attention of Representatives she vetoed 15 bills she says are not relevant to the people of Oklahoma.

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Lawmakers Take On Supreme Court
8:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

23rd & Lincoln: Judicial Review

  The Journal Record's Marie Price looks at recent attacks by the legislature on the judicial system in this week's 23rd & Lincoln.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at jrlr.net

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2014 Elections Starts
1:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Candidates File for the 2014 Election

Candidates wait in line to file for 2014 elections

  The first day of filing for political office ended at the State Capitol Wednesday and saw more people than any opening day in at least 16 years.

419 people filed for federal, state and local positions.

At exactly 8:00, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax makes the announcement.

“May I have your attention please. The 2014 candidate filing period is now open.”

The first man to file, Max Wolfley, came to the Capitol Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 to be first in line to run for the Republican ticket for House District 95.

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Honoring Famous OK Ballerina
2:21 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Ballet Honors Maria Tallchief

  An original dance performance is making its world premiere on a Stillwater stage this Saturday night in OSU’s Seretean Center.

KOSU’s Chloe Charlton tells us how the show will inspire you, delight your senses, and change your view on Oklahoma’s history.

I’m sitting in a picturesque ballet studio in Stillwater.

I am surrounded by stunningly graceful ballerinas warming up for class in black leotards, pink tights and ballet shoes, and I forget for a moment that I’m in a small town in Oklahoma.

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Rally at the Capitol
3:21 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Thousands Rally For Education

  More than 25,000 Oklahomans made their way to the Capitol on Monday to show support for Education.

The crowd included educators, parents, students and supporters from all corners of the state.

The chanting of more than 25,000 people fills the area south of the Capitol as the crowd stretches from the large steps past the dormant oil rig known as Petunia One and into the visitor parking lot.

Most of the attendees are wearing red to support education.

Dawna Watkins comes from Justus-Tiawah in Claremore.

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