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We have staff changes to tell you about involving KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma.

We recently added Robby Korth to the StateImpact team, as education reporter. Robby grew up in Ardmore and Fayetteville, Arkansas and received his journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. For the last four years he’s covered higher education for The Roanoke Times in Blacksburg, Virginia, home of Virginia Tech University.

Life After Being Released In Oklahoma’s Record Commutation

Nov 14, 2019
Warren Rawls wants to stay completely sober and out of trouble so he can be in his children’s lives.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Prison is not fun anymore for Warren Rawls. The 36-year-old has been in and out of prison six times, and he has decided he’s not going back. He says during a recent statewide prison lockdown he was handcuffed everywhere he went – even the shower.

Oklahoma Leaders Attempt To Grow Tourism Industry

Nov 13, 2019
The CrossTimbers Marina at Skiatook Lake is an example of how investments designed to draw visitors to state lakes can pay off for investors as well as local economies.
(Courtesy photo/CrossTimbers)

Oklahoma leaders met last week to discuss how to attract development near the state's lakes, especially through public-private partnerships. Journal Record reporter Steve Metzer discusses Oklahoma's tourism industry, how the legislature is incentivizing corporate investments, and the state's reliance on sales tax revenue. 

Oklahomans Rally At Supreme Court As DACA Arguments Begin

Nov 12, 2019
Dozens of individuals hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12, as a crowd advocates for justices to uphold the Obama-era DACA program.
Addison Kliewer / Gaylord News

WASHINGTON––The fate of nearly 13,000 undocumented Oklahomans and 700,000 undocumented nationwide now rests with the six men and three women justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. Kevin Stitt, shown in an interview in March, raised $5.8 million and loaned himself $5 million for his campaign before the Nov. 6 election last year. He has continued to pull in significant donations since.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

In the months since last year’s gubernatorial election, Gov. Kevin Stitt has continued to pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, topping his predecessor.

McCurtain County Assistant District Attorney Emily Maxwell Herron, right, sets up a computer in a courtroom so a doctor can provide expert testimony by video.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

A recent Oklahoma courtroom scene: An accused abuser begins threatening his girlfriend after she is granted a protective order. Should courts allow domestic violence victims to testify by video? Or would it violate constitutional rights?

Inhofe Applauds Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement, Urges Passage Of Defense Bill

Nov 9, 2019
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) continues efforts on the Senate floor to pass a national defense bill that would authorize military appropriations for 2020.
Addison Kliewer / Gaylord News

WASHINGTON––Amid Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) efforts to pass a defense authorization bill this week, the senator commended President Donald Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

 

AP/Sue Ogrocki

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss what the media missed when over 500 people were released last week from Oklahoma prisons, signs of a slowing economy and more. 

One Year Out: An Early Look At State’s 2020 Legislative Elections

Nov 8, 2019
The memories of the 2018 general election are still fresh, as Oklahoma voters turned out at high rates. Turnout also was heavy in 2016, the last presidential election year, and could be similar in November 2020.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

With just a year until the 2020 general election, the fight over balance of power in Oklahoma’s Legislature is starting to intensify.

At the beginning of November, hundreds of new laws took effect in Oklahoma, including a big change to short-term health policies.

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Special coverage of local emergencies and breaking national news is one of our priorities at KGOU.

We know our listeners expect us to stay on top of major stories as they happen, with special programs from NPR.

As presidential impeachment proceedings move into the public hearing phase (starting November 13), you can count on us to deliver the news you need, and extended coverage when the situation warrants.  

Whistleblower Claims Raise Questions About Multi-County Grand Jury Process

Nov 7, 2019
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, shown here at a meeting of the District Attorneys Council in May 2019, is being accused of misusing the grand jury process to investigate a criminal justice reform group, which he has denied.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

In addition to a legal claim, the attorney for a former investigator for Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has sent a series of letters alleging Prater misused the state’s multicounty grand jury process to get donor and payroll records of a criminal justice reform group.

Declining ACT Scores Raise College Readiness Concerns

Nov 6, 2019
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma high school graduates’ scores on the ACT college-readiness exam declined in every subject this year, according to a report released Oct. 30.

Oklahoma Invests In Quantum Technology Research

Nov 6, 2019
University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Wrobel, center, and OU Interim President Joseph Harroz Jr., right, present Norm Wilson with a replica of Lin Hall, home of the new Center for Quantum Research and Technology.
(Courtesy OU)

The University of Oklahoma is researching a bewildering area of quantum physics that could generate billions of dollars worth of technology over the next decade. Journal Record editor Russell Ray and OU physics professor Alberto Marino discuss how "atomic entanglement" helps technology  -- and how other state entities are supporting OU's efforts. 

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A jury convicted OKCPD’s Sgt. Keith Sweeney of second degree murder on Nov. 4, 2019.

Sweeney is one of a small fraction of officers who has faced criminal charges following a fatal on-the-job incident. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater argued he acted unreasonably and unjustifiably when he shot and killed a suicidal, unarmed man named Dustin Pigeon on Nov. 15, 2017. 

AP/Sue Ogrocki

Cherokee Nation announced its intention to send a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 17, 2019. Since then, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says he has met with a handful of lawmakers in Washington D.C., including Oklahoma Representatives Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt hand delivers hundreds of commutation certificates on Friday, November 1, 2019.
TWITTER.COM/OKLADOC

The state of Oklahoma plans to release hundreds of prisoners Monday after their sentences were reduced by the state's Pardon and Parole Board. 462 state prisoners could be sent home, which would represent the nation's largest single day commutation.

Impeachment Possibly Harmful To Democrat’s Reelection, Experts Say

Nov 2, 2019
Rep. Kendra Horn discusses her vote in her Capitol Hill office.
Sarah Beth Guevara / Gaylord News

WASHINGTON -- Thursday, the only Democrat representing Oklahoma at the Capitol voted to continue the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Now, experts say impeachment could put Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) in a tight spot for re-election. 

Caroline Halter/KGOU

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley interview Kevin Corbett, who recently left the private sector to run a state agency charged with ensuring all Oklahomans have health care. Corbett reflects on his transition and the possibility of Medicaid expansion. 

Students and parents walk toward a Tulsa elementary school entrance.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

The latest “Nation’s Report Card" results are out, and Oklahoma continues to lag most other states in reading and math scores and faces a steep climb toward its goal of being in the top 20 states.

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