Prue plans for 4-day school week07/28/09
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...
State DHS faces budget cuts
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.
Local emergency workers conduct terrorist simulation
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...
More Oklahomans discovering community transit
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.
State's immunization rate improving
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....
Cherokee Nation citizens bike to remember
Last week, a group of Cherokee Nation Citizens completed a long journey with special significance ... on bicycle. KOSU's Jordan Nelson reports.
Cronkite's Oklahoma Connection Remembered
NBC National Correspondent Bob Dotson remembers the story of Walter Cronkite's broadcasting debut with WKY radio.
OK ranks 40th in adequacy of prenatal care
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."
OK group works to improve child literacy
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...
Group of Picher residents say they're staying
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...
New cancer treatment center opens in OKC
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...
Stimulus money expands OK's weatherization program
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....
Oklahoma draws Californians back to Sooner State
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.
Researching Alzheimer's in Oklahoma
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.
Calls flood OK suicide hotline
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...
Cities face tight fireworks budgets
Local city leaders have had to work hard this year to save their fireworks shows. KOSU's Gail Banzet reports.
Tahlequah's Cherokee Language Exhibit
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.
OKC high school students clean up community
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...
The Takeaway's John Hockenberry visits Oklahoma
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.
Judge considers new area code for northeast Oklahoma
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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