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Published: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:19:48 GMT


OKC schools work to improve grad rate, send kids to college

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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OK making most of stimulus funds so far

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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More Oklahomans applying for concealed-carry license

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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Boone Pickens tours finished west end zone project

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

OSU 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.

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Cash for Clunkers program picking up steam in OK

Fri, 14 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

More 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.

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OSU's renovated Old Central ready for students

Tue, 11 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma 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.

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Scientists test new blood clot medication

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Every 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.

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Record Number of Oklahomans on Food Stamps

Fri, 07 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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U.S. Census reaching out to African American communities

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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Why Route 66 still matters

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Route 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.

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Prue plans for 4-day school week

Tue, 28 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

A 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.

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State DHS faces budget cuts

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma'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.

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Local emergency workers conduct terrorist simulation

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

After 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.

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More Oklahomans discovering community transit

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Community 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.

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State's immunization rate improving

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma 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.

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Cherokee Nation citizens bike to remember

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Last week, a group of Cherokee Nation Citizens completed a long journey with special significance ... on bicycle. KOSU's Jordan Nelson reports.

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Cronkite's Oklahoma Connection Remembered

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

NBC National Correspondent Bob Dotson remembers the story of Walter Cronkite's broadcasting debut with WKY radio.

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OK ranks 40th in adequacy of prenatal care

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

KOSU'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."

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OK group works to improve child literacy

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Literacy 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."

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Group of Picher residents say they're staying

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Last 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.

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New cancer treatment center opens in OKC

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Of 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.

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Stimulus money expands OK's weatherization program

Fri, 10 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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Oklahoma draws Californians back to Sooner State

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Californians 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.

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Researching Alzheimer's in Oklahoma

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Alzheimer'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.

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Calls flood OK suicide hotline

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Calls 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.

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Cities face tight fireworks budgets

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Local city leaders have had to work hard this year to save their fireworks shows. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.

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Tahlequah's Cherokee Language Exhibit

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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OKC high school students clean up community

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

An 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.

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The Takeaway's John Hockenberry visits Oklahoma

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

John 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.

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Judge considers new area code for northeast Oklahoma

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Northeast Oklahoma needs a new area code so an administrative law judge is considering options for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. KOSU's Michael Cross reports.

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Some OK farmers value crop insurance

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Some 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.

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Wheat harvest in western Oklahoma

Tue, 23 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Across 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.

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Experimenting with a 4-day work week

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

This 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.

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Former Land Office employee jailed for embezzlement

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

A 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.

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Hollywood film crews see potential in Oklahoma

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

For 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.

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Tinker AFB helps save type of lizard

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Lizards 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.

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Dead Center Film Festival to feature 90 films

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Ninety 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.

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Beethoven's Wig to perform at OK Mozart Festival

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Beethoven'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.

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Program exposes students to local government

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Local 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.

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OSU Division of Ag helps soldiers prepare for Afghanistan

Tue, 09 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Last 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.

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Local car dealerships still in business

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

It'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.

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State leaders hope for cabinet on children's issues

Thu, 04 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma 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."

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Stillwater plans to revitalize downtown

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Stillwater 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.

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The Rock Cafe Reopens

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 04:00:00 GMT

A 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.

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State cracks down on uninsured drivers

Fri, 29 May 2009 04:00:00 GMT

A 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.

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Tulsa's Meth Problem

Thu, 28 May 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma 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.

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KOSU Interview with Wayman Tisdale

Fri, 15 May 2009 04:00:00 GMT

2008 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.

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Graduates weigh in on The Next American Dream

Fri, 15 May 2009 04:00:00 GMT

All 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.

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State health dep. strapped for nursing home inspectors

Fri, 01 May 2009 04:00:00 GMT

A 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.

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Pork producers taking precautions from swine flu

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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Many cities implementing automated meters

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Imagine 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.

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OK County towns ravaged by grass fires

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMT

State 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.

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Film Preview: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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Pet Abandonment in a Recession

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 04:00:00 GMT

As 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.

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Hunger hits close to home in Oklahoma

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma 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.

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OK Mozart Preview

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMT

A 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.

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Weddings in a recession

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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OK Air Force Bases Under Expansion

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 04:00:00 GMT

America'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.

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Oklahoma farming in a recession

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Americans 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.

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Oklahomans promote safer teen driving

Fri, 27 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT

For 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.

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Student loans in today's economy

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT

For 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.

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Public health inspections in Oklahoma

Fri, 20 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Last 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.

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Some OK TV stations still plan to make digital switch

Tue, 17 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT

At 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.

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Residents survey tornado aftermath

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Emergency 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.

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Federal trucking regulations help break the law

Wed, 11 Feb 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Federal 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.

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Roller derby makes comeback in Oklahoma

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

It 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.

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Retiring nurses leave nation suffering from shortage

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

While 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.

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Tulsa and OKC listed among top 25 strongest housing markets

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Business Web site 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.

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Tulsans gather to watch inauguration

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Although 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.

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Volunteers follow Obama's call to service

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Grassroots 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.

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Tulsa city planners hope for passenger rail service

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

State 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.

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Thrift stores boom in rough economy

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Major 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.

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Circuses suffer from lack of legal immigrant workers

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

Traveling 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.

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The campaign against meth in Oklahoma

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

On 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.

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The Coleman Theater in Miami

Thu, 08 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

More 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.

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Oklahoma roads and the economic stimulus package

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 05:00:00 GMT

As 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.

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WeCare reaches out to rural residents in need

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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Oklahoma's need for domestic violence services

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Domestic 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.

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Wind industry job training at OSU-OKC

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

As 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.

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Wind energy jobs in Oklahoma

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma'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.

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Oklahoma's Wind Power Development

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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Oklahoma's next oil bust?

Thu, 11 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Officials 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.

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College Students and Church Attendance

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Recent 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.

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Few geriatric specialists in Oklahoma

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

A 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.

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Oklahomans seek job placement centers

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

More 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.

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Energy-saving efforts at OSU

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

It 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.

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OK businesses tap in to online sales

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

The 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.

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The Medicare Advantage Plan

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Medicare'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.

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Emergency management conducts ice storm exercise

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

While 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.

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The men of the Civilian Conservation Corp

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Seventy-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.

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Some small businesses optimistic about 2009

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Earlier 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.

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Oklahoma's Hearts for Hearing Program

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

According 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.

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EMSA unveils new siren

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma'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.

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Oklahoma's Veterans Affairs

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

With 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.

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Historical Hunting

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

Hunting 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.

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A Classic Ghost Story: Shawnee's Ritz Theater

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 05:00:00 GMT

KOSU'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.

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Rural Issues Series 8: Wind Power

Tue, 28 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMT

There 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.

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Oklahoma's Hunger Problem

Mon, 27 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMT

Oklahoma 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.

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Rural Issues Series 7: Ethanol 2

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMT

Reporter Jeff Bossert visits two Central Illinois towns that have seen opposite outcomes as the ethanol industry has slowed down amid economic conditions.

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Rural Issues Series 6: Ethanol 1

Tue, 21 Oct 2008 04:00:00 GMT

Ethanol 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.

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