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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley speak with the head of Oklahoma's higher education system, Glen Johnson. Johnson discusses budget cuts to higher education, as well as free speech policies, virtual education and more. 

Federal Investigation Prompts New OU Policy

Oct 11, 2019
University of Oklahoma South Oval And Bizzell Memorial Library
Richard Bassett / KGOU

One hot afternoon last July, a handful of OU faculty found an unusual email in their inboxes with the subject line “Government Investigators, Auditors and Agents on Campus.” Though dense in legal syntax, the message was clear: Federal agents are investigating conflicts of interest, and they may want to speak to you without notifying the university. Don’t let them.

Matt Sparks ran the Rogers County pretrial release program for about two years before he resigned.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Some parts of criminal justice reform can feel risky. If you propose letting someone out of jail who has committed a crime, you reduce jail overcrowding, but does it put the community at risk? That’s a question Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma has been trying to answer.

Solar Energy Advocates Say The Industry Could Help Schools

Oct 9, 2019
Oklahoma rivals sun-baked Nevada in its potential to harvest power from the sun, but while Nevada ranks first among states in solar development Oklahoma ranks 46th, lawmakers were told Monday.
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An Oklahoma Senate committee recently held a study session regarding Oklahoma's solar energy potential. Former school officials attended to advocate for expanding the industry, which could help lower utility costs and free up resources for classroom materials. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses how solar energy helped a Purcell middle school and the new rules for compensating solar energy customers.



Sarah Stitt: Growing Up In A Home With Mental Illness

Oct 8, 2019

Undiagnosed or untreated mental illness in her family plagued First Lady Sarah Stitt’s childhood. But now, as this interview shows, she is telling her story in an effort to bring about change.

A mysterious ball of light seems to appear and disappear on a road in far northeast Oklahoma. One listener who witnessed the so-called “spooklight” asked: Where is it coming from?

Two of Oklahoma’s largest tribes, Osage Nation and Muscogee (Creek) Nation, are moving in opposite directions when it comes to freedom of the press. 

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In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor interviews U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn about the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. Horn is one of a few House Democrats who has not backed the impeachment inquiry launched Sept. 24. 

Lack Of Funding Creates ‘Disparity’ In School Safety

Oct 4, 2019
Moore Public Schools Superintendent Robert Romines demonstrates the district’s new building entry system.
Caroline Halter / StatImpact Oklahoma

With more mass shootings happening every year, protecting kids has become a priority for school administrators in Oklahoma. However, safety looks very different depending on each school district’s budget.

Despite Reforms, High Caseloads Continue To Stress Public Defender System

Oct 3, 2019
Kevin Finlay, an attorney for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, speaks to defendants in a Cleveland County courtroom in September. The inmate Finlay is advising wanted to ensure his sentences would be served concurrently before agreeing to any terms.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma’s indigent defense system seems perpetually on the verge of crisis, as attorneys often find themselves in “triage” mode trying to provide representation to low-income defendants.

Cybersecurity Insurance On The Rise In Oklahoma

Oct 2, 2019
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the cybersecurity insurance market, worth an estimated $2.5 billion in 2017, may soon be worth triple that.
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More Oklahoma businesses are purchasing cybersecurity insurance amid nationwide concern about digital safety. But experts say buying coverage alone isn't enough. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses tips for digital hygiene and why cybersecurity is a two-way street for businesses and contractors. 



This is the Manager’s Minute.

Donations are still coming in, but we can now give you the early results of KGOU’s Fall fundraiser.

Thanks to nearly 900 of you we raised more than $105,000 during the drive and have brought in $142,000 since the beginning of the new fiscal year that began in July.

I’d like to welcome 152 new givers who have joined us for the first time and thank the more than 700 of you who renewed your support.

Thanks also to more than 800 sustaining members who contribute a regular amount on a monthly or annual basis and renew automatically.

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Kendra Horn represents Oklahoma’s fifth congressional district, and she is one of a small group of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives who does not support the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s relations with Ukraine.

Wiley Post is seen in a 1921 mugshot.
Oklahoma History Center

Aviator Wiley Post gained global fame in the 1930s. He was known for smashing around-the-world flight records, but did he also spend time in an Oklahoma prison for a felony?

Stitt To Seek 2nd Change In Law To Qualify Agency Director

Sep 30, 2019

Gary Cox, picked by Gov. Kevin Stitt to lead the state Health Department, lacks a degree required by law to fill the position. As with the Land Office secretary, Stitt plans to seek a change in law to amend the requirements.

In Oklahoma, A Discredited Theory Of Reading Is Widely Used

Sep 27, 2019
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

In classrooms across Oklahoma and the nation, students are taught to read using a theory that has been discredited by decades of research by brain scientists.

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Oklahoma lawmakers are preparing for redistricting in 2021, but how does the process actually work? University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie explains how census data, computers and bargaining come together to make new political maps. 

Five Oklahoma Hospitals Collapsed – What Happened?

Sep 26, 2019
I-70 Community Hospital shut its doors in February, taking with it dozens of jobs and lifesaving emergency care for the residents of Sweet Springs, Mo
Heidi de Marco / KHN

At some rural hospitals in Oklahoma, a pattern of controversial business practices lead to big profits for the management companies – but high risks for vulnerable hospitals.

Cherokee Nation Businesses Follow Tribal Government In Raising Minimum Wage

Sep 25, 2019
Employee Karen Chuculate works at CNB Engineering & Manufacturing in Stilwell. CNB engineering and manufacturing companies provide aerospace and defense services for commercial and government clients.
(Courtesy Cherokee Nation Businesses)

Cherokee Nation Businesses announced that it will raise its workers' minimum wage to $11 an hour, effective Oct. 1. The announcement comes after pay raises were approved last month for Cherokee Nation government workers. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses the specifics of these raises and how profits from Cherokee Nation Businesses help the tribe. 


The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage

Sep 25, 2019
I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs, Mo., is one of eight hospitals owned or managed by Miami businessman Jorge A. Perez that closed in recent years. Twelve Perez-affiliated hospitals are in bankruptcy.
Heidi de Marco / KHN

EmpowerHMS helped run an empire of rural hospitals. Now, 20 of them have either entered bankruptcy or closed their doors, including five in Oklahoma.