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Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe Oklahoma City school district is making changes this year to help more kids graduate from high school and go to college. The changes include a partnership with Tulsa Public Schools after both districts were put on probation by the State Department of Education earlier this year. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 20 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed in late February, and while the president says it will take time to see results, many people still question its $787 billion price tag. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Wed, 19 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says somewhere between 82 and 83,000 Oklahomans currently have concealed-carry licenses and that number is growing. New and renewing applications jumped from about 18,000 in 2008 to nearly 34,000 in 2009. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Tue, 18 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTOSU alum T. Boone Pickens toured the newly renovated Boone Pickens Stadium Monday morning and says the project was well worth his money. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Fri, 14 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTMore than 250,000 so-called "clunkers" have been traded in around the country since the federal government's Cash for Clunkers program began the end of July. Also known as the Car Allowance Rebate System or CARS, the program was given another $2 billion to keep it going well into September. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 11 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTOklahoma State University will re-open four renovated or expanded buildings in time for the academic year to begin on Monday. One of those buildings includes the oldest higher education structure in the state. KOSU's Gideon Thompson has the story of grand Old Central.
Mon, 10 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTEvery year, 900,000 people in the United States develop blood clots after joint replacement surgery, and a third of them die from complications. Now, a group of Oklahoma scientists is testing a new drug, which could reduce the number of clots and complications from previous treatments. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Fri, 07 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe number of food stamp applications in Oklahoma continues to break records. Yesterday, the Department of Human Services announced more than 500,000 Oklahomans received assistance in July, and that number is uncharted territory. DHS officials say food stamp applications are clear indicators of a suffering economy - especially in a state like Oklahoma with high levels of poverty. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Wed, 05 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe U.S. Census Bureau is reaching out to leaders in the African American communities of the state. Oklahoma officials are wanting to improve overall participation in the once per decade survey taking place next year. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTRoute 66 is an American icon, but today it serves more as a tourist destination than a crucial path for transporation. KOSU's Jordan Nelson set out to ask why Route 66 is still so special and what the future might hold for the Mother Road.
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTA new state law allows Oklahoma school districts to choose how they calculate a school year. In the past, students were required to spend five six-hour days a week in the classroom, but for the first time this year, districts have the option of switching from 180 days to 1,080 hours a year. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTOklahoma's Department of Human Services faces cuts in the 2010 budget of about 1.5 percent. KOSU's Michael Cross reports on how DHS is coping with the downturn in the budget and the economy.
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTAfter the Murrah Federal Building bombing and especially after 9-11, local law enforcement and first responders teamed up to train for any and all terrorist situations. One such scenario took place on Wednesday, and KOSU's Michael Cross was there to catch all the action.
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTCommunity transit systems have been around for a long time, but as gas prices fluctuate and Americans look for ways to save money, more people are experimenting with local transit routes. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTOklahoma used to be ranked in the bottom five in child vaccinations until efforts picked up a few years ago from state and local health departments. Now, Oklahoma ranks 25th, and officials hope to keep increasing the number of immunized children. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Tue, 21 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTLast week, a group of Cherokee Nation Citizens completed a long journey with special significance ... on bicycle. KOSU's Jordan Nelson reports.
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTNBC National Correspondent Bob Dotson remembers the story of Walter Cronkite's broadcasting debut with WKY radio.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTKOSU's series on children's issues looks at why Oklahoma lags behind other states in adequacy of prenatal care. Gail Banzet reports on this installment of "Children of the Heartland."
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTLiteracy advocates say every year, 35 percent of American children enter kindergarten lacking the basic language skills they need to learn to read. Now, a growing movement in Oklahoma hopes to turn around statistics to create a brighter future for today's youth. KOSU's Michael Cross reports on another installment of "Children of the Heartland."
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTLast week, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe put a hold on $135,000 of stimulus money that was set for the Picher Housing Authority because the town is closing in September. The northeast Oklahoma town is a hazardous waste site after years of heavy metal mining in the area, but as KOSU's Gideon Thompson reports, not everyone is leaving.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTOf the 18,000 Oklahomans diagnosed with cancer every year, more than 3,200 could receive help from an advanced form of radiation known as proton therapy. The nearest center was in Houston, but now a proton therapy center exits in Oklahoma. KOSU's Micheal Cross reports.
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appropriates $5 billion for state weatherization programs - that's a huge step up from the $220 million budgeted in 2008. This additional money is now available for weatherproofing homes in low-income areas. While some states are experiencing delays in hiring people, Oklahoma is right on schedule. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 09 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTCalifornians face a difficult situation in these tough economic times. Now, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce is teaming up with businesses to attract Californians and draw them to the Sooner State. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTAlzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in America. It's a disease of many questions and few answers, and so far, there is no cure. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTCalls to Oklahoma's suicide hotline are on the rise ever since the state economy started taking a downturn. While the economy itself can't be considered a sole reason for people wanting to commit suicide, it's keeping phone bank workers busy. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTLocal city leaders have had to work hard this year to save their fireworks shows. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe Cherokee Heritage Center in northeast Oklahoma offers visitors a glimpse of Cherokee culture. The "Generations" art exhibit runs until Aug. 16. KOSU's Jordan Nelson reports on the center's latest focus: language.
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTAn organization called Establishing a Great Society and the college prep program Upward Bound teamed up last week to clean the grounds of a local school. Organizers say it's important for students to give back to the community. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTJohn Hockenberry visited Oklahoma last week to discuss the treatment of people with disabilities in the media and in everyday life. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Fri, 26 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTNortheast Oklahoma needs a new area code so an administrative law judge is considering options for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTSome wheat farmers across the state are having trouble with their crops this year. Low yields and test weights translate into a disappointing season, but there's hope for farmers who planned ahead last year and insured their crops. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTAcross much of western Oklahoma, the economic health of many small towns gets diagnosed every June. That's when the combines start rolling and Oklahoma's wheat harvest begins. Keith Smith with Oklahoma Horizon reports.
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTThis time last year, Oklahoma gas prices were close to $4 a gallon, and everyone was looking for ways to conserve energy. Several businesses and local governments considered changing up their traditional work schedules. A year later, gas prices are back down, but some business still prefer an alternate work schedule - businesses like Duncan, Oklahoma. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Fri, 19 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTA former employee of a governmental agency that funds common education is now in jail. He's accused of embezzling nearly $1.2 million. His attorney says a gambling problem is at the heart of the alleged criminal act. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTFor the past few weeks, a Hollywood film crew has been filming scenes around Oklahoma for a movie called "The Killer Inside Me." Oklahoma has hosted several movie sets in the past, but momentum is now building for a whole new industry in the state. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTLizards may not be the first thing you'd expect to find on a military installation, but they're an important consideration in daily operations at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. KOSU's Jordan Nelson reports.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTNinety films from all over the world are showing this weekend at Oklahoma City's Dead Center Film Festival. The event kicked off Wednesday night with an outdoor screening. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTBeethoven's Wig will perform at the OK Mozart festival in Bartlesville on Sunday, June 14. It's a fun-filled family concert with classical music and comedy. KOSU's Kelly Burley recently interviewed the show's creator and producer, Richard Perlmutter.
Wed, 10 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTLocal government can sometimes be overlooked in the classroom, but one group of Oklahoma high school students is getting first-hand experience with municipal issues. KOSU's Jordan Nelson explores how city government is affecting the students, and how the students are affecting city government.
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTLast week, members of the Oklahoma National Guard visited Oklahoma State University's Stillwater campus for a week-long training program focused on agriculture. From in-class presentations to hands-on activities, soldiers were prepped for a special mission they'll begin later this year in Afghanistan. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Mon, 08 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTIt's been a week since General Motors filed for bankruptcy. The move comes on the heels of Chrysler's decision to do the same. Chrysler filed a motion last month in U.S. bankruptcy court saying it wanted to eliminate more than 700 dealerships by June 9. That list of dealers included 12 from Oklahoma. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 04 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTOklahoma ranks near the bottom in almost every category of children's issues compared to other states. One idea to consolidate all child advocacy agencies into one organization failed to make it through the legislative session. Michael Cross reports on the first of an ongoing series of stories called "Children of the Heartland."
Wed, 03 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTStillwater is one of the fastest growing communities in Oklahoma and city leaders want to ensure a thriving downtown area. Russ Jowell with Oklahoma Horizon reports.
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMTA year ago, the historic Rock Cafe along Route 66 in Stroud burned to the ground. Built in the 30s, it was an American icon of the Mother Road and even inspired a character in the hit Disney movie Cars. The cafe's owner, Dawn Webb, vowed to rebuild, and last Friday The Rock reopened.
Fri, 29 May 2009 04:00:00 GMTA recent study by the Insurance Research Council shows Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation for its number of uninsured motorists. While the percentage of uninsured drivers declined nationally in 2008, Oklahoma's state insurance commission says numbers here are spiking because of the poor economy and the state's high poverty rate. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 28 May 2009 04:00:00 GMTOklahoma communities have battled methamphetamine problems since the 70s, but now a newer, more portable method of cooking the drug is sweeping the country. Officials say meth busts are again putting a huge strain on local communities. Use it once and chances are, you're hooked. Just ask a recovering addict ... KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Fri, 15 May 2009 04:00:00 GMT2008 interview with jazz musician Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma and NBA legend, who died Friday following a two-year battle with cancer.
Fri, 15 May 2009 04:00:00 GMTAll week, shows on KOSU such as The Story and Marketplace Monday have been featuring stories on the Next American Dream. Two kids, a house in the suburbs, a white picket fence - that was the American Dream, but what's next? Today's college graduates talk about their expectations for the future. KOSU's Jordan Nelson reports.
Fri, 01 May 2009 04:00:00 GMTA few years ago, allegations of abuse and neglect in nursing homes began to make the news on a regular basis. Today, isolated cases are still reported, and state officials say that can be blamed on several factors. KOSU's Gail Banzet.
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe Oklahoma Department of Health says there have been no cases of swine flu in Oklahoma, and there's no need to panic. But, the citizens of the state who might be the most nervous are pork producers. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMTImagine knowing immediately if you have a water leak in your home or having the satisfaction of an accurate water bill. Automated water meters are doing just that for more and more homes in Oklahoma. KOSU's Mattie Nutley reports.
Fri, 10 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMTState Emergency Management officials say more than 100 homes have been destroyed, and at least 34 people have been injured after wild fires tore through the state. One of the hardest hit areas was in the eastern Oklahoma County towns of Choctaw and Midwest City. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe Garrison Keillor documentary "The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes" begins showing today at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. It was produced by Peter Rosen of Peter Rosen Productions in New York City. Rosen recently talked with KOSU about the film.
Wed, 01 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMTAs more Americans lose their jobs and homes in the recession, they're faced with a heart-wrenching decision - feed the family or feed the family pet. Adoptions are up in certain areas, but for others, a pet is no longer affordable. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTOklahoma is now the 7th hungriest state in the nation, and food banks are reporting record numbers of distribution. Whether it's the unemployed or the working poor, hunger hits too close to home for many Oklahomans.
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTA summer in Bartlesville is not complete without its OK Mozart festival, now known as OKM. What began as a small, three-day event, is now a nine-day festival that attracts people from all over the world. Organizers are planning this year's 25th Anniversary and say the festival will be bigger and better than ever. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTThe most popular time for weddings is summer, and with spring just around the corner, many future brides are planning their weddings. The economy, however, may affect how much people are willing to spend on their special day. KOSU's Mattie Nutley reports.
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMTAmerica's economic climate has forced the delay or cancellation of many new construction projects, but not all development is on hold. Thanks to the U.S. Department of Defense, certain military bases around the country are currently under expansion, including those in Oklahoma. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMTAmericans are developing a more cautious lifestyle because the economic future is uncertain, but one group has always based their livelihoods on risk - Oklahoma farmers and ranchers know all about tough times. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTFor a teenager, a driver's license paves the way to freedom. That little plastic card represents a new level of "cool," but not all drivers are ready for the road. Car accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTFor many Americans, landing a secure job is stressful, but those in college also face an enormous amount of pressure. College is a time for learning financial responsibility because most students graduate with haunting student loans. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Fri, 20 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTLast summer's E. Coli outbreak at a Locust Grove eatery claimed one life and sickened at least 300 others. Six months later, the Country Cottage restaurant has reopened. Health inspections are important, and the state health department says it's one agency that can't handle budget cuts. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 17 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTAt 1 p.m. today, about half of the stations in Oklahoma's two largest metropolitan areas will turn off their analog signals. While some say this will hurt viewership, the stations themselves say they have no choice. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 12 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTEmergency Management officials are assessing the damage in Lone Grove in the southern part of the state where nine people lost their lives Tuesday night. Wednesday, Governor Henry declared a state of emergency for 17 counties including Carter County where Lone Grove sits. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMTFederal trucking regulations are making some Oklahoma farmers lawbreakers. Weight limits on farm trucks crossing state lines have many cattle producers, and even horse owners, on the wrong side of the law without even knowing it. Rob McClendon with Oklahoma Horizon reports.
Fri, 30 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTIt was a sport that took over pop culture and television in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Now it's making a comeback. KOSU's Gail Banzet visits Stillwater's roller derby team The Angels of No Mercy.
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTWhile many companies are announcing layoffs to survive in today's market, there is one field where employees are in high demand. In fact, by the year 2025, it's projected this profession will be short 500,000 workers. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTBusiness Web site forbes.com recently listed the housing markets of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City among the top 25 in the nation. The listing was based on cities larger than 500,000 people that were closest to recovering from the national housing slump. Harriett Dunham is president of the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTAlthough the Sooner State voted nearly two to one for John McCain in the past election, Oklahomans took time to celebrate the transfer of power to Barack Obama on Tuesday. One such celebration in Tulsa brought out the young and old. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Tue, 20 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTGrassroots organizing was main theme of president-elect Barack Obama's campaign. He encouraged local communities to rally together and take an active role in public service. Today, President-Elect Obama becomes President Obama, and those grassroots groups are already making a difference. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTState governments are banking on Barack Obama's promise to improve the nation's aging infrastructure. Bridges are collapsing and roads are crumbling, but cities like Tulsa are adding a whole new element to its transportation wish list and that's the possibility of passenger rail service. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTMajor retailers such as Macy's recently announced they will close certain stores around the country because of the economy, but as these companies suffer, consignment shops and thrift stores are seeing a surge in sales. A new wave of shoppers are discovering the secret of secondhand retail. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTTraveling circuses in the southeast Oklahoma town of Hugo are gearing up for the next season which begins in about a month and runs until November. For a second straight year, the industry is having trouble getting workers through the usual avenue of legal immigrant labor. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Fri, 09 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTOn Tuesday, Jan. 13, a 30-minute-long documentary is airing at 6:30 p.m. on nearly all broadcast channels in Oklahoma dealing with the dangers of meth. Some in Oklahoma are hoping the new awareness campaign called Crystal Darkness will lead to more legislation to stop the drug. KOSU Capitol Bureau Chief Michael Cross reports.
Thu, 08 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTMore foreign tourists are traveling down Route 66 these days taking advantage of a weak U.S. dollar. One of the most popular attractions the town of Miami, Oklahoma, offers down the historical route is the Coleman Theater. Executive director Barbara Smith talks about the theater's history and how it's been renovated. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Mon, 05 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMTAs Congress prepares to take up an economic stimulus package, transportation officials across the country are drawing up wish lists for highway projects. Oklahoma says it has dozens of road repairs ready for federal money. Deirdre Shesgreen reports. This story was produced by Capitol News Connection.
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTThe U.S. and Oklahoma economies are getting worse and the plight of our state's lower income residents is never more real than at Christmas time. While many organizations focus on the poor in the urban areas, one small group is helping those in need in its rural community. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Fri, 19 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTDomestic violence and sexual abuse can plague the lives of women and children at any time, but when the economy heads south and stressful conditions worsen, Victims of abuse are even more at risk. Brenda Gill is senior counselor at Stillwater's Domestic Violence Services, and she says a poor economy can trigger abuse. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 18 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTAs president-elect Barack Obama makes appointments to key energy and environmental positions, an Oklahoma school is implementing a program that will supply the renewable energy industry with workers. Beginning in January, Oklahoma State University's Oklahoma City campus will offer a 2-year degree program in wind turbine technology. KOSU's Lucas Guard reports.
Wed, 17 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTOklahoma's wind industry has shown significant growth since its first wind farm went online in 2003. Wind has energized Oklahoma and the country for several reasons - it's clean, it's abundant, it reduces our dependence on foreign oil and it creates jobs. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTThe race for cleaner, home-grown fuel resources has made wind energy the fastest growing energy source in the world, but it's still a fairly new concept in Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University Ag Economic assistant professor Shannon Ferrill says more and more Oklahomans are taking an interest in wind power. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTOfficials with AAA Oklahoma are putting the average price for a gallon of gasoline at a $1.54 and oil per barrel is trading around $45. It's a sharp decline from July when oil was $147 a barrel and more than $4 at the pump. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Wed, 10 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTRecent research reveals the fact that at least 50 percent of active evangelical teenagers leave church between the ages of 18 and 21, with few of those ever returning. KOSU's James Lepine talks with college students and authors to uncover what is causing the decline in church attendance.
Tue, 09 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTA new survey from the Association of Geriatric Academic Programs shows Oklahoma ranks last in the number of doctors qualified to help the elderly. Oklahoma has 1.6 geriatricians for every 10,000 Oklahomans over 75 compared to the national average of 3.8. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Fri, 05 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTMore and more Oklahomans are turning to job placement centers to help them find employment. Companies such as Oklahoma-based Express Employment Professionals report the motive of a typical person seeking job assistance has changed in the last year. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 04 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTIt could be hard-pressed to turn on the radio and not hear about energy in the news every day. Some people are spending a lot of money now to save later while others are taking a less noticeable approach. At Oklahoma State University, you may not be able to see what's being done to conserve energy, but as KOSU's Chad Marshall reports, the school is getting results.
Wed, 03 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTThe start of this week kicked off the holiday shopping season online in what is now being termed as "Cyber Monday." With millions heading to the information superhighway for gifts, some Oklahoma businesses are hoping for a piece of the virtual pie. KOSU Capitol Bureau Chief Michael Cross reports.
Mon, 01 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMTMedicare's annual enrollment period began Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 31. One of the options most people don't know about is Medicare Part C also known as a Medicare Advantage Plan. KOSU's Michael Cross has the details.
Mon, 24 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTWhile the temperature today is expected to climb into the 60s, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is preparing for an ice storm. The OEM teamed up with FEMA, local agencies and even the state of Arkansas to make sure everyone is prepared the next time Oklahoma is hit by an ice storm. KOSU Capitol Bureau Chief Michael Cross reports.
Fri, 21 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTSeventy-five years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established a work relief program called the Civilian Conservation Corp, or the CCC. In 1933, the Great Depression was in full swing, and America's newly elected president was looking for a way to put unemployed Americans back to work. CCC camps were set up all over the country for young men ages 18 to 25. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTEarlier this week, Oklahoma State University Economist Mark Snead released his economic forecast for 2009. Given the nation's poor conditions, he says a weak state economy is inevitable, but some small businesses are still hoping for strong sales next year. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTAccording to the Hearing Loss Association of America, about 31.5 million Americans or one in ten, experience impaired hearing. However, new technology is bringing sounds back into people's lives. KOSU Capitol Bureau Chief Michael Cross reports.
Wed, 12 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTOklahoma's largest ambulance service, EMSA, which covers the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas, is unveiling a new type of siren. Officials say it's designed to not just be heard, but also felt. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTWith every war that is fought, the United States learns more about how to help veterans transition once their military service is complete. The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are at least 23 million veterans in America. The Department of Veterans Affairs has come a long way since its establishment in 1930. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 06 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTHunting and fishing are popular pastimes in Oklahoma, and some sportsmen like to take their hobby to the next level with a type of gun called a muzzleloader. Oklahoma's week-long muzzleloading season for deer recently closed for the year, but hunters like Neil Keyes and his fellow primitive society members enjoy taking a step back in time to hunt "old school." KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMTKOSU's Michael Cross recently hung out with a group of brave ghost hunters as they explored the old Ritz Theater in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In the spirit of Halloween, Michael reveals the group's findings.
Tue, 28 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMTThere are challenges for wind power development in rural areas, and the upcoming presidential election could influence the future of this alternative energy source. Eric Mack reports from Taos, New Mexico.
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMTOklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation, and with the country's current economic status, local food banks and pantries expect an increase in people asking for food assistance. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMTReporter Jeff Bossert visits two Central Illinois towns that have seen opposite outcomes as the ethanol industry has slowed down amid economic conditions.
Tue, 21 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMTEthanol production has greatly increased in the past couple of years as America searches for more alternative fuels, but not everyone believes a gasoline-ethanol mixture is good for their gas tank. Scott Gurian reports.