Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

Under New Bill, Physicians Performing Abortions In Oklahoma Could Have Licenses Suspended

Two abortion bills passed out of the House Public Health committee Tuesday. It’s already illegal in Oklahoma to perform an abortion for the purposes of sex selection, but House Bill 1396 takes current law further. It would require a pregnant woman to sign an affidavit swearing she doesn’t know the gender prior to the procedure. Under House Bill 1182 , performing an abortion could cost a physician their license. The bill makes exceptions for medical emergencies that put the woman’s life in...

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The Spy Playlist: Trudy & The Romance, Cass McCombs, Tacocat, & More

Every Tuesday, The Spy adds new music to its rotation. Here are the adds for the week of February 19th, 2019. This week includes new releases with some fun and freaky music videos. Trudy & the Romance deliveres a nostalic '50s love story with an additional space monster to lead you through the video. Tacocat's "Grains of Salt" video is filled, almost overflowing with, queens dancing around an art space to the feel-good song. Perfect Son offers a Frankenstein love story of a person...

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Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Rural Oklahoma Community Still Divided Over Charter School

Two years ago, the Oklahoma State Board of Education for the first time exercised its authority to approve a rural charter school. The decision was contentious. A local school board had already denied the charter’s application twice, saying it was incomplete and there wasn’t enough support for the school. The State Board overturned the local board’s decision, which left some wondering who’s really in control of their community. That charter school — The Academy of Seminole — has now been open...

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Equalization Board approving appropriations for lawmakers with nearly $575M more than last year, a Senate committee approves SB 605 to expand healthcare through Insure Oklahoma rather than expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act and a bill allowing Oklahomans over the age of 21 to carry a weapon without a permit or training moves one step away from the governor's desk.

Local headlines for Friday, February 22, 2019:

Updated at 5:16 p.m. ET

After months of insisting that he knew of no illegal activity being done on behalf of his campaign, Republican Mark Harris, who leads the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, called Thursday for the State Board of Elections to hold a new election.

Shortly afterward, the bipartisan state board voted unanimously to redo the only congressional race left from the 2018 midterm elections that remains undecided.

Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET

A 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant charged with stockpiling weapons and drugs is being described as a "domestic terrorist" who was planning "to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Tuesday.

Local headlines for Thursday, February 21, 2019:

As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.

The Women Behind The Songs: Ester Dean

Feb 20, 2019

Ester Dean's voice may be recognizable from her role as as Cynthia-Rose Adams in the Pitch Perfect movies and the animated films Ice Age and Rio, but that only scratches the surface of the Oklahoma native's work.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, thus limiting their ability to use fines to raise revenue.

The court's decision, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was announced by her on her second day back at the court. Ginsburg missed in-person arguments at the court for the first time in her quarter century on the Supreme Court bench after undergoing surgery for lung cancer late last year.

After pulling planes and canceling hundreds of flights, Southwest Airlines is offering an apology to travelers — and blaming the union that represents aircraft maintenance technicians.

Last week, the Dallas-based airline took more than 40 of some 750 aircraft out of service at four Southwest locations, spurring flight delays and cancellations. As a result, the company declared an operational emergency.

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

Two abortion bills passed out of the House Public Health committee Tuesday.

It’s already illegal in Oklahoma to perform an abortion for the purposes of sex selection, but House Bill 1396 takes current law further. It would require a pregnant woman to sign an affidavit swearing she doesn’t know the gender prior to the procedure.

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Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Two years ago, the Oklahoma State Board of Education for the first time exercised its authority to approve a rural charter school.

The decision was contentious. A local school board had already denied the charter’s application twice, saying it was incomplete and there wasn’t enough support for the school.

The State Board overturned the local board’s decision, which left some wondering who’s really in control of their community.

Jacob McCleland / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

A new report from the Oklahoma State Department of Education shows 30,000 teachers have left the profession over the past six years.

The report seeks to explain what’s driving the state’s persistent teacher shortage while offering the agency’s recommendations on how to stem it.

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