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It wasn’t publicized locally, but within the past few years teams of health officials at two Oklahoma health facilities took rapid actions to contain the spread of a fungal “superbug” that federal officials have declared a serious global health threat.

Two students at Ketchum Elementary School write on a dry-erase board during their speech class.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Gov. Kevin Stitt has abandoned a 2017 effort by the state to push schools to funnel more dollars into the classroom or risk consolidation.

Highway 62, west of Hollis in southwest Oklahoma.
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

George Bogaski is trying to walk the entire perimeter of Oklahoma, about 1,450 miles. Bogaski estimates he’s hiked about 25 percent of the total distance, and he has a tradition of smoking a cigar at each of the state’s corners. He’s lit up at all of the others--but could not find the state’s southwest corner. He asked How Curious: Where is the corner? Is there a marker?

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This is the Manager’s Minute.

Public service is a top priority for KGOU. We’ve recently added an extra time for listeners to hear National Native News. That popular feature now airs twice each weekday – at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

As part of our outreach strategy, we also try to get out into the communities we serve as much as we can. We have an event coming up in Seminole in May, and several days ago I did a presentation on understanding the news media at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A group of property owners is suing over Oklahoma City’s agreement to siphon water from the Southeastern part of the state. They claim federal, tribal and state governments failed to consider two endangered freshwater mussels: the Ouachita rock pocketbook and the scaleshell.

House Speaker Charles McCall, on the opening day of the 2018 legislative session.
Legislative Services Bureau

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley catch up on the 2019 legislative session. Two notable bills authored by legislative leaders are now dead, indicating possible tensions between House and Senate leadership. 

Terry Sue Barnett feeds her cows on her property in Nowata County.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

The sheriff of a Northeastern Oklahoma county and her staff quit after being ordered to bring inmates back to a jail they called unsafe. StateImpact's Quinton Chandler reports the source of the problem is money and it's a headache shared by other county jails around the state. 

Norman Voters Reject Stormwater Improvements

Apr 10, 2019
Sandbags are placed in front of a stormwater drain near a construction site in Norman.
Journal Record

Norman voters rejected two propositions to improve stormwater drainage and water quality. Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses a direct tie between water quality and the success of businesses and how the lack of investment in drainage systems and infrastructure could lead to serious public health problems. 

Working In Background, Lawyer Reaps Fees In Opioid Case

Apr 10, 2019
Attorney Glenn Coffee, former state senator and Oklahoma Secretary of State, appeared at a news conference in January 2018 in support of a plan called “Step Up Oklahoma” designed to resolve a legislative budget impasse.
Jim Beckel / The Oklahoman

Attorneys in the state’s sprawling opioid lawsuit have bragged that they slept on cots in their offices and went through millions of pages of evidence.

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We’re proud to announce that again this year, KGOU has won the Arkansas-Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Radio News Operation.

It’s the top award for radio stations in the two-state area, and KGOU has now won it ten of the last eleven years. Originally the AP Sweepstakes Award, it was renamed the Outstanding Radio News Operation Award last year. 

Also, news director Jacob McCleland won three firsts, host Claire Donnelly scored two wins, and reporter/producer Caroline Halter took a second place award.

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss an ongoing effort in Oklahoma to reform occupational licensing. Right now lawmakers are considering making it easier for military spouses and for people with felony convictions to work.

CDC director Robert Redfield touring the Infectious Diseases Institute at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. The institute is one of two federally funded HIV clinics in Oklahoma; the other is in Tulsa, the state’s second-l
Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma may soon see more money to help fight the AIDS epidemic. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently visited health care facilities that offer treatment in Oklahoma, one of seven states where the rural transmission of HIV is exceptionally high.

Oklahoma’s Unrealized Solar Potential

Apr 3, 2019
A worker installs solar panels at Interstate 35 and Franklin Road in Norman.
Journal Record / Journal Record

A recent market report ranked Oklahoma as having the sixth-highest potential for developing solar power, but among the nation’s worst in adding new solar capacity. Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses why solar energy in Oklahoma currently falls short of neighboring states and how the cost and benefits of the technology are starting to align.

Big Cat Rescue

Jurors convicted former private zoo owner Joseph Maldonado-Passage, known as “Joe Exotic,” Tuesday afternoon on two murder-for-hire charges. He pleaded not guilty to arranging the murder of his chief critic, Carole Baskin, twice. The 56-year-old now faces more than twenty years in prison.

Oklahoma’s population growth rate is at its lowest since 1990 according to new study from the Kansas City Federal Reserve. That’s because Oklahoma lost more residents to other states than it gained over the past three years, with college graduates leading the way.

Writer Louis L'Amour sits at a desk.
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Western author Louis L’Amour is said to have lived in Choctaw, Oklahoma during the 1930s and 1940s. One listener wanted to know if the rumor is true, and, if so, where exactly was his home?

Voters cast their ballots for the 2018 general election at the McClain County Election Board in Purcell.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Election officials are gearing up to remove tens of thousands of Oklahomans from the state’s voter rolls – a controversial practice voting-rights advocates say can lead to disenfranchised voters.

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Oklahoma State Capitol
LLudo / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss why lawmakers have once again failed to meet the legal deadline to fund public education and the Stitt administration's plan for more state agency audits.

Gov. Kevin Stitt describes how he plans to implement his government-reform agenda. Stitt campaigned on improving Oklahoma’s rankings in various categories and stressed the need for the governor to have greater control of state agencies.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

A strategic plan laying out one-year and four-year goals for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration includes securing gubernatorial control of all state agencies and boards, changing the educational system and launching an initiative aimed at social issues.

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