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As Court Weighs Redistricting Proposal, Some Key Facts To Know

Jan 23, 2020
The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard arguments on two legal challenges to a redistricting ballot initiative at the ceremonial courtroom in the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

A citizen-led effort to strip the Legislature of its redistricting powers is in limbo pending a decision from the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Oklahoma GPT Collections Fall

Jan 22, 2020
State tax collections from the production of oil and natural gas in December totaled $54.3 million, down $37.1 million from December 2018 and $21.6 million, or 28.4%, less than expected by the state.
(Journal Record file photo)

Gross production tax collections in Oklahoma have been down for four consecutive months, and a steep drop in oil prices could be to blame. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses what this downward trend could mean for 2020. 

Sen. Inhofe Finally Sworn In As Senate Impeachment Trial Begins

Jan 21, 2020
Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.) discusses the impeachment trial process on Tuesday, Jan. 21. This is the second impeachment Inhofe has participated in during his career.
Brooklyn Wayland / Gaylord News

As the U.S. Senate begins the third impeachment trial in American history, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was the final member to be sworn in and will be one of 27 to sit in on the second impeachment trial of their careers. 

Oklahoma is one of five states selected by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to receive pro bono legal support to assist news organizations in pursuing public records and access to public meetings and in defending against legal actions.

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Lawmakers will consider more than 4,000 bills and joint resolutions when they return to the Capitol for the start of the 2020 legislative session. Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss what lies ahead.

State’s attorney Brad Beckworth presents information in the opening statements during the Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma opioid trial at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Okla. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
Chris Landsberger / Oklahoman

The legal fight over who is responsible, and who should pay for the national opioid crisis that has killed thousands of Americans will likely take years.

Representative Kendra Horn (D-OK) discusses the release of an amicus brief on behalf of military sexual assault victims on Tuesday, January 14th. The Supreme Court will hear this case in April 2020.
Conner Caughlin / Gaylord News

Oklahoma Congresswoman Kendra Horn (D-OK) annnounced the filing of a bipartisan amicus brief, signed by four Republicans and nine other Democrats, with the U.S. Surepme Court on behalf of a military sexual assault victim.

Kinsley Ellis, then 3, stood next to her mom and grandmother while they voted in polling stations at the Pottawatomie County Election Board in Shawnee on Nov. 1, 2018, the first day of early voting.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Nearly five years after the Legislature authorized the Oklahoma Election Board to launch an online voter registration system, the work remains unfinished.   

New Turnpike Extension Could Stimulate Business Growth

Jan 15, 2020
Lanes of the Southwest Extension of the Kilpatrick Turnpike were formally opened Thursday, a project that is expected to accelerate business investments in Oklahoma City.
(Photo by Mark Hancock)

A new 7.5-mile segment of the Kilpatrick Turnpike has opened in Oklahoma City. Leaders say the road could stimulate business interest in southwest OKC, which has been described as the state's fastest-growing area. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses the road's project costs and its significance to the state. 

In this Aug. 9, 1983 photo, Oklahoma Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper poses with one of the many photographs from her scrapbooks at a North East Oklahoma City Community center.
AP

A downtown Oklahoma City post office could be renamed after a civil rights icon if an Oklahoma congresswoman has her way.

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Money is coming into the state of Oklahoma from tribal gaming in December, but what to do with exclusivity fee payments from January is up in the air. eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley tells Dick Pryor the governor's office is researching the issue.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

People just released from prison could save themselves a lot of time and frustration if they talk to Robert Scott, the director of justice services at HOPE Community Services – a nonprofit that partners with the state to help people with behavioral health challenges.

Oklahoma Lags Behind Country In Monetary Support For Higher Education

Jan 8, 2020
University of Oklahoma students walk to and from class at the school’s campus in Norman.
Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

As state funding for higher education has risen across the country, Oklahoma has been one of five states that’s seen a decline in the last five years.

Oklahoma Commerce Department Sets Goals For 2020

Jan 8, 2020
Mechanics work to reattach an engine to a MD-80 airline at the American Airlines maintenance facility in Tulsa. Highly trained professionals are needed to encourage aerospace growth in Oklahoma, said Brent Kisling, executive director of the OCD
(Journal Record file photo)

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce announced its goals for the new year, including alleviating a 140,000-person statewide workforce gap and diversifying the state's economy. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses plans for meeting these objectives. 

Sign-Ups For Health Exchange Surge In Oklahoma Despite Opposition To Law

Jan 7, 2020

A record number of Oklahomans signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange for 2020 despite persistent concerns over the future of the Obama-era health-care law.

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Musician and filmmaker Luke Dick had an eventful 2019. From performing with his indie rock band Steve during Scissortail Park’s opening night celebration, to penning songs for country music stars and winning awards for his documentary Red Dog, there were plenty of moments the Oklahoma native remembers fondly. But ask him what's near the top of the list, and he quickly mentions how much he enjoyed screening Red Dog at festivals with the film’s star, his mom Kim Kassen. In the early ‘80s, she was a young parent who danced at the strip club for which the documentary is named.

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This is the Manager’s Minute.

As we enter a new year and decade, some personnel changes are coming to popular public radio programs you hear on KGOU.

Manoush Zomorodi is the new host of the TED Radio Hour, beginning in the spring. She takes over from Guy Raz, who left at the end of 2019 after seven years as TED Radio Hour host. Zomorodi is an author and also creator of a podcast about life in the digital age.  

Police Communication Gaps Allow Abuse Suspects To Avoid Quick Arrest

Jan 3, 2020
A Tulsa police car is shown with lights on in August 2018.
Tom Gilbert / Tulsa World

State law allows police to arrest accused domestic abusers without a warrant if there is sufficient evidence, such as a witness statement or a victim’s visible injuries. But a lack of communication among law enforcement agencies is allowing suspects to avoid prompt arrest.

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Tribal gaming continues across the state, even as Governor Kevin Stitt argues the practice became illegal on January 1st. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley discuss the latest developments in the ongoing dispute.

Trade Dispute Cash Helps Farmers, But Their Incomes Continue To Decline

Dec 31, 2019
A combine harvesting a wheat field south of Altus, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Payments to Oklahoma farmers from the Trump administration to soften the effects of a trade dispute with China are helping a little, but many farmers are still struggling with a years-long decline in incomes.

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